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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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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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