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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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The Police‘s worldwide musical raid

Kristi Kates - January 7th, 2008
The Police’s Worldwide Musical Raid
The Police, currently touring in Mexico and South America, will be criss-crossing the globe throughout next year, and have also been tapped to headline the final day of the U.K.’s Isle of Wight Fest, which this year will be held June 13-15; that show is said to be The Police’s only scheduled U.K. festival appearance for 2008. Other stops on the band’s very cosmopolitan tour schedule include Brisbane, Australia (1/22), Osaka, Japan (2/10), Honolulu, HI (2/16), Dusseldorf, Germany (6/8), Oslo, Norway (6/11), and Manchester, England (1/17) If you miss ‘em live and in person, though, you’ll have a chance to snag a live DVD chronicling the band’s reunion tour, which is expected to be released this spring on Interscope Records...
The Smashing Pumpkins have just released a special four-song acoustic EP, with tunes written by Pumpkins ringleader Billy Corgan late in 2007. Available only via iTunes in the U.S., the album - entitled American Gothic - can be enhanced with digital artwork that will be made available at the Smashing Pumpkins’ official website; the album will be sold in stores internationally, complete with all four songs - “The Rose March,” “Again, Again, Again,” “Sunkissed,” and “POX”...
The legendary Art Garfunkel will be joined by local symphony orchestras during his 2008 tour, which kicked off on January 5 in California. Garfunkel, who is promoting his twelfth solo album, Some Enchanted Evening, will put on nine confirmed shows complete with the orchestra accompaniment, plus a number of Garfunkel solo performances throughout the U.S., including stops in San Antonio, TX (1/12), Augusta, GA (2/12), Baltimore, MD (2/15 and 2/16), Colorado Springs, CO (3/29), and Birmingham, AL (4/12)...
The latest crop of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been selected from nominees announced last year - and those set for inclusion in the Hall include John Mellencamp, The Dave Clark Five, Leonard Cohen, and Detroiter Madonna, who was one of the first performers to respond to the announcement, saying in a statement that she was “honored and pleased to be recognized.” The 2008 induction ceremony will take place on March 10 at New York City’s Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
The first live-action movie to be shot, edited, and shown in 3D is none other than U2 3D, a concert film that will premiere in select cities on January 25. Culled from 700 hours of footage, seven U2 live shows, and nine pairs of Sony 3D cameras, fans can get an early peek at the film, plus a trailer at www.u23dmovie.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Madonna has completed the film Filth and Wisdom, starring Eugene Hutz and Richard E. Grant - but Maddie’s not in the movie; nope, it’s her directorial debut, and will premiere at the Berlin Film Festival in February...
The Velvet Underground’s Lou Reed has been named keynote speaker for this year’s SXSW Music Conference - other confirmed speakers for the event include Daryl Hall and Sire Records founder Seymour Stein...
Jay-Z has stepped down as the president of Def Jam Records, citing a desire to “take on new challenges”...
Brit band The Kooks are wrapping up work on their second album with producer Tony Hoffer at an L.A. recording studio...
Australian singer Kylie Minogue was given the Officer of the British Empire (OBE) honor by the Queen, following a year in which Minogue has recovered from cancer and released her tenth studio album...
And Jack White, in a recent interview, stated that since traveling was causing his bandmate Meg White severe anxiety, he wouldn’t care if the band never toured again, pointing out that The Beatles quit touring but continued just fine as a productive band...

ON CD: Natasha Bedingfield’s Pocket Full of Sunshine (or N.B. as a UK release)... The Magnetic Fields’ Distortion... Ringo Starr’s Liverpool 8... Van Hunt’s Popular... Kate Nash’s Made of Bricks... and Muse’s Hullabaloo Soundtrack...
ON DVD: Glen Hansard’s (The Frames) star turn as a street busker musician in Once... Nelly Furtado: The Concert... Classic Artists: The Moody Blues... and Kaiser Chiefs: Behind the Music... 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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