Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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The New Cars

Ross Boissoneau - November 23rd, 2006
What is 40% Cars, 40% Utopia and 20% the hardest hitting man in rock and
Take a look under the hood and you’ll see it’s The New Cars, featuring
original Cars Elliot Easton and Greg Hawkes (guitar and keyboards,
respectively), with Todd Rundgren and Kasim Sulton channeling Ric Ocasek
and the late Ben Orr. Tubes drummer Prairie Prince, who’s also spent time
with Todd and Jefferson Starship/Airplane, keeps the motor humming.
The New Cars make their Michigan debut Tuesday, Nov. 28 at the Kewadin
Casino in St. Ignace. They were scheduled to play this summer at DTE
Energy Music Theater in Clarkston on a double bill with Blondie, but just
days before the show the tour bus was involved in an accident and Easton
broke his arm.
The New Cars developed from the desire of Easton and Hawkes to return to
those thrilling days of yesteryear, when “Let’s Go” and “You Might Think”
were blasting out of radios nationwide. For those who can’t get enough of
those days, the recent release of the live DVD/CD set “Unlocked” provides
a glimpse and a listen to the band in its heyday.
Many of The Cars’ 20 Top-40 hits are represented in vintage performances,
from packed club gigs in the ‘70s to sold-out arena shows in the ‘80s,
with backstage, interview, and rehearsal footage. Former bandleader Ocasek
personally compiled and produced “Unlocked,” spending over three years
distilling hundreds of hours of footage from his personal archive. The
results show a band that worked hard, yet enjoyed itself, which wasn’t
necessarily in evidence when the band was riding high in the ‘80s. It’s a
fascinating and enjoyable ride.
But that was then, and this is now. So how do you go about resurrecting a
band that’s been on the shelf for 20 years? Easton has been quoted as
saying, “We are approaching this as if we are a brand new band, it just so
happens that we have an incredible amount of great music in the trunk to
take along for the ride.”
Not only does the band have the Cars’ body of work to lean on, but the new
band debuted three new songs on “It’s Alive,” and the group also draws on
Rundgren’s work, going all the way back to “Open My Eyes” from the Nazz,
circa 1968.
Rundgren’s voice does bring to mind a deeper version of Ocasek. And the
twin guitar attack of Rundgren and Easton is at least as powerful as that
of the Cars in its prime. But where that band was viewed right or wrong as
Ocasek’s mouthpiece, the new version is much more democratic.
But how does it sound? “It’s Alive” shows off a band that’s tight, musical
and muscular, more so than the original. Cars fans and Todd fans alike can
enjoy the music and groove on the ride.
One caveat to the Kewadin show: Sulton will be replaced by Atom Ellis, who
is guesting on several concerts, while Kaz tours with Meat Loaf, for whom
he is musical director.
For tickets ($38.50), contact the casino at www.kewadin.com.

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