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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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A birthday light for Lennon

Kristi Kates - October 3rd, 2007
A Birthday Light For Lennon

Yoko Ono has followed through on a project that she and John Lennon discussed 40 years ago - namely, the Imagine Peace Tower, which will be unveiled on October 9, which would have been Lennon’s 67th birthday. The tower, which is a stories-tall beam of light that will emanate from a wishing well bearing the words “imagine peace” in 24 languages, was built on the coast of the Island of Vioey in Iceland; engineers from Iceland and Japan worked from Ono’s design to build it. The tower will be lit each year from October 9to December 8, “so it has the feeling of the shortness of life, but the light is eternal,” Ono said. “Wishes” that were collected through Ono’s wish tree artworks that she has had set up at gallery shows around the world - around 495,000 in all - will also be buried in capsules around the tower, each topped with a tree, to result in what will eventually be a forest of peace, a great and artistic legacy for the fallen Beatle...

A meticulous tribute album to Madonna has been completed and will hit stores on November 20 on Manimal Vinyl, with 25% of the proceeds set to benefit the Raising Malawi Organization. The album itself, which has been dubbed Through the Wilderness: A Tribute to Madonna, will include such indie performers as Devandra Banhart (covering Maddie’s “Live to Tell”), Apollo Heights (“Dress You Up”), Mountain Party (“Material Girl”), and Jonathan Wilson (“La Isla Bonita”); several additional tracks by the likes of Siddhartha (“Holiday”) and Pangaeans (“Impressive Instant”) will be available via iTunes only...

Indie singer-songwriter Andrew Bird is working hard to promote his brand-new studio album, Armchair Apocrypha, and, as fans will already know, he’s spent the past couple of months doing live shows all on his own. Now, he’s getting back on the tour bus for a couple of reasons, both of which will give Bird a little more camaraderie than his previous outing; he’ll start off this week opening shows for Wilco, and will then transfer over to work with Conor Oberst on Oberst’s current Bright Eyes tour. Tour stops for Bird will include Minneapolis (10/10), Chicago (10/19), Kalamazoo, MI (10/20), and Providence, Rhode Island (11/29)...

And, in music consumer news, Amazon.com has chosen this week to launch their AmazonMP3 digital music store, which will serve as an addition to their already booming CD purchase store, and which will begin with an inventory of over 2 million songs. In a direct stab at iTunes, Amazon.com has made a number of their MP3 selections 89 cents - 10 cents cheaper than iTunes’ standard pricing. In addition - brace yourself, iTunes - the AmazonMP3 digital files aren’t restricted to one format, and can be played on all available digital music players; all songs are compatible with both iTunes and Windows Media Player...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Fancy yourself a remix artist? Then hop on over to Apples In Stereo’s Super Hi-Fi Remix Contest to see if you can better the pros. Fans will be able to mix the band’s “Can You Feel It” track, and then the band will judge the submissions themselves, with the winner scoring prize packages from Sony Creative Software and MacBeth Footware. To download the tracks and subsequently upload your mix (contest ends October 19), just go to www.theapplesinstereo.imeem.com...
MINI BUZZ:
Future Sound of Breaks are heading out onto their giant World Tour, and they’ll stay on that worldly tour trail from this week all the way through January 19...
Annie Lennox is still on the road through mid-November, including stops in San Diego (10/8), Chicago (10/19), Detroit (10/22), Toronto (10/23), Philly (11/10), and Boston (11/11)...
Duran Duran, as rumored, have indeed teamed up with Justin Timberlake to work on a couple of tracks for D2’s upcoming new album, Red Carpet Massacre - the two new tunes, “Falling Down” and “Nite Runner” will hit stores along with the rest of the band’s new CD on November 12...
Lifehouse, fresh from their successful support jaunt of the Goo Goo Dolls’ national tour, are now heading back out onto the road to promote their newest album, Who We Are, including stops in Indianapolis (10/5), Las Vegas (10/20), San Diego (10/21), and Madison, Wisconsin (10/27)...
They Might Be Giants might be touring, too - well, they are going to be touring, actually, in support of their 12th studio album, The Else - their tour dates will include sets in Boston (10/19), Athens, GA (11/1), Chicago (11/10), Grand Rapids (11/13), Ann Arbor (11/14), and Buffalo, NY (11/16)...
Aaand one more road warrior for this week - namely Chris Cornell, who will trek through Canada, Australia, and the US, visiting, among other places, Dallas (10/30), Nashville (11/14), Denver (11/20), and Aspen, Colorado (11/21)...

ON CD... Iggy Pop’s Live San Francisco 1981... Sleeping States’ There are the Open Spaces... Thurston Moore’s Trees Outside the Academy... Schoolyard Heroes’ Abominations... Magnet’s Simple Life... and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder’s debut solo album, Music for the Motion Picture Into the Wild...ON DVD... Jimi Hendrix: The Complete Story... Keith Richards and the X-Pensive Winos: Live at the Hollywood Paladium 1988... and, of course, Fraggle Rock - The Complete Third Season... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your fave musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com.

 
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