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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Rockin‘ Katmandu for charity

Kristi Kates - October 18th, 2007
In order to help benefit cancer and leukemia sufferers all over the world, Squeeze’s Glenn Tilbrook, The Alarm’s Mike Peters, Slim Jim Phantom of Stray Cats, Nick Harper, and The Fixx’s Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram are planning to head to Katmandu in order to climb Mt. Everest and perform the highest acoustic concert in history. Fourty musicians in all will travel up the mountain, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital; Peters himself, has an especially close tie to the project, as he is a cancer survivor and is one of the founders of the Love Hope Strength Foundation. Tilbrook will follow up the Mt. Everest show with a UK tour with his band Squeeze...

The Killers have picked out a name and release date for their upcoming B-sides collection; now dubbed Sawdust, the set, which will include “When You Were Young” B-side “All the Pretty Faces,” movie soundtrack tunes from “Control” and “Spiderman 3,” and a cover of Mel Tillis’ “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” will hit stores on November 13th. Several songs that were written for the band’s album Sam’s Town will also be included on the disc, as will a special track (“Tranquilize” guest-starring the Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed...
Electronica band VHS or Beta, currently promoting their latest studio album, Bring on the Comets, have pushed their current headlining tour on into December, and have also added their new guitarist, Mike McGill, into the live mix. They’ll also be sharing the stage as co-headliners with L.A. indie rockers Moving Units through the end of November; current dates scheduled on the tour so far include Detroit (10/19), Bloomington IN (10/20), Mexico City, Mexico (10/26), Toronto (11/21), Chicago (11/23), and Los Angeles (12/2)...

A new documentary on Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett has just been released. Simply titled The Pink Floyd and Syd Barrett Story, the film, directed by John Edginton, features emotional interviews with Floyd members David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason, and Rick Wright, including insights about how Barrett both influenced his fellow band members and how he influenced Pink Floyd’s music. The film is currently being screened in major cities, but you can snag it yourself to watch on your own, as the release is already out on DVD...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Too lazy to drive over to your local CD store, and want quick access to James Blunt’s latest album? No problem - just hop onto Blunt’s MySpace site (www.myspace.com/jamesblunt,) where Warner Music is selling the album for $9.99, or you can stream it for free...

MINI BUZZ:
The Mars Volta’s new album, The Bedlam in Goliath won’t be out when expected; the album has been delayed until late January of next year, although you should be able to hear the album’s first single, “Goliath,” on radio starting in mid-November...
Got HDNet? Then you’ve also got Sound Off with Matt Pinfield, the music interview series helmed by one of the best-known former MTV VJs; Pinfield’s series began on September 30th with the Goo Goo Dolls, and continues with guests Avril Lavigne and Lindsey Buckingham...
Velvet Revolver are set to return to Australia for their second Aussie tour this upcoming December; interestingly, they’ve pepped up their setlist to include songs from the members’ former bands, Stone Temple Pilots and Guns n’ Roses...
Cali band Oslo will be offering up their new sophomore album next week - The Rise and Fall of Love and Hate is in stores October 23rd, and the band will be touring the U.S. West Coast to promote the disc...
Singer-songwriter Mike Doughty is also hitting the road with his Question Jar Show tour trek, which kicks off on November 2nd at the South Padre International Music Festival in Texas, and then continues on through U.S. clubs...
And Beck has just released his newest single, “Timebomb,” both digitally and on vinyl (the vinyl being available on October 22nd); the single is his first release since last year’s The Information album in October, 2006...
And here are this week’s new releases on both kinda discs for your listening and viewing delight... ON CD: The Hives’ The Black and White Album... Band of Horses’ Cease to Begin... She Wants Revenge’s This is Forever... Neil Young’s Chrome Dreams II... Underworld’s Oblivion with Bells... and former Semisonic singer Dan Wilson’s Free Life... ON DVD: R.E.M. Live... U2’s Dublin... The Cult: Irving Plaza, New York City... and Stax/Volt Revue Live in Norway 1967.. and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com.
 
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