Oh my god..... Enough about this so-called music scene and all the bullshit that goes along with it. There is no music scene here!
Just a dog and pony show for all the fudgies, with the same f-ing cast of characters. Hey guys, (you know who you are), let‘s all form duos and do the soft shoe for the tourists, shall we? This is vacation land, not L.A., N.Y., Nashville, or even Detroit.
There used to be music made here, but not since the ‘90s, and even then, it was dicey. Why make real music, when you can hide in Traverse City, sit down, get lazy, and play “Margaritaville“ & “Brown Eyed Girl“...
Please stop thinking its ever going to be more than it is. Anybody can play the same old song. Those who can play are the ones responsible for letting the music die, by settling for the easy dollar and the status quo.
John C. Hefti TC
Proud to play
Kudos to John Ivan Greilick for laying it out for the masses (“Ramblings of a Full-Time Musician,“ 8/2).
Its a common misconception that musicians work a few nights a week for a few hours a night, and screw around the rest of the time. We work hard, and weve put in years and years of practice, studying a myriad of different genres, styles and musicians. And to top it off, weve had to learn how to be entrepreneurs and conduct a business out of our homes (and cars) at the same time.
Its a job. Its a great job most of the time, but its still a job. And to be a success at it in Northern Michigan takes a lot, and I mean a LOT of work... chasing down live gigs, recording jobs, jingles, looking for anything to try and find the next paycheck.
Also, as Ivan said, Im not familiar with any backstabbing backwoods musical politics around here either. I network with dozens of musicians constantly, referring people I know and trust musically and professionally all the time. Its great to have a network of true professionals who are as interested in presenting themselves professionally as they are working at their craft. It makes us all look good to cooperate in such a manner, and most of us do.
Im proud to be a full-time musician in Northern Michigan, and feel blessed to have become part of a wonderful musical community that includes Ivan, Ron Getz, Jason Kott, Mark Camp, Don Julin, and a host of other talented professionals in our area. Anyone who cant see what a great community we have here either isnt interested in finding it, or is simply bitter about what they cant achieve or dont understand. And that is nobodys fault but their own.
Pete Kehoe Petoskey
Health care a mess
I just received your article on Overdosing the Elderly (7/19) from my sister-in-law, Lija Ditmar. The experience of my mother-in-law, Mimi Celmins, is both horrifying and unbelievable!
Your article was very complete about treatment of the elderly. You may be interested to know that this occurence is not restricted to that particular Grand Rapids Hospital, or to the elderly.
A couple of months ago, I went to the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Scottsdale, AZ to pick up a friend of mine from the emergency room. When I arrived, she was in intolerable pain, vomiting, and could not walk or stand up. When she refused to leave, they called the police to carry her out. However, the police couldnt figure out how to get her out without a gurney - plus call a cab for her, since I would not take the responsibility of driving her. Finally, the hospital allowed her to stay a few more hours. The story goes on, but no one would believe it.
Now, Mayo Clinic was not only the patients health insurance carrier, but also my friend is very intelligent, generally never a complainer, and she is only 55 years old.
This happened at one of the most prestigeous hospitals in our country, perhaps the world. All health care is a mess!
Penny W. Celmins
Paradise Valley, AZ
Poison dust & our troops
On August 1 the Straits Area Concerned Citizens for Peace & Justice film of the week was “POISON DUST: Depleted Uranium the next Agent Orange.“ Let me share some startling facts about depleted uranium (DU).
DU has a half-life of four billion years. Its not going to disappear. Between the first Gulf War and the current one the U.S. has dropped 2,200 tons of DU.
Our troops walk, sleep, fight surrounded by DU particles. They may ingest it, they may breathe it into their bodies; they may receive wounds that cause DU to enter. DU is in the sand, the water and in the air.
Where does it come from? It comes from bombs and other forms of munitions. Upon impact the bombs go boom, and the DU is sprayed all over.
Remember the first Gulf War? Remember how few troops died in combat? The number was around 148.
Since 2002, an additional 10,324 First Gulf War vets have died, and 221,502 are on disability.
Its not only the veterans who are paying a price for the DU exposure. Like many young people, they decided to have children. The number of these children with leukemia is staggering. Deformities are also a problem. Many of the same deformities seen in Iraqi infants are being seen in American babies born to vets exposed to DU. Were talking serious deformities, such as little flippers sticking out from the shoulders, no ears, no eyes, fingers fused together and worse.
The levels of DU in many parts of Iraq (including where our troops are serving) is so high, its like having a chest X-ray every two minutes.
What of the Iraqis who have to live in Iraq with DU? Since the first Gulf War, Iraqis have had a 700%-1000% increase in cancers (from 1990-1999 our troops exposed to DU malignant cancers are up 300%). Deformities in the babies in Iraq... a 400%-600% increase since First Gulf War.
Our troops who survive Iraq in one piece are likely to return home carrying a package of DU within their cells. This little package can have a huge impact on their own health in the years ahead, as well as carrying severe risks to any children they may bring into the world.
Our troops shouldnt be at risk for Bushs, Cheneys, Condis, Powells and Rumsfelds war of choice, a war for control of Mid-East oil, a war for the benefit of greedy war profiteers. Our troops should not be used this way. Bring these precious men and women home.
Karen Martin Cheboygan
The real poop
A recent letter to the editor on disposing manure to farm fields asserts that the human is not much different from the animal. Here is the real poop.
Untreated septage as human fecal matter contains human disease causing organisms like viruses, parasites, bacteria including E.coli, hormones, menses and the medicines we take. Land disposed raw septage puts these pathogens into the ecosystem. Treated sewage sludge, on the other hand, is a soil conditioner from which pathogens have been removed. All septage should be treated.
Second, the letters summary of the rules for land disposal leaves out the most important rule of all. Land disposal of raw septage has been outlawed by State of Michigan legislation.
Land disposal of raw septage is illegal:
2005 In GT County and within 15 miles of a Treatment Plant
2006 On frozen ground; anywhere
2010 - Elk Rapids, Milton, Helena, Torch Lake Townships and within 25 miles of a Treatment Plant
2025 - Totally illegal statewide
Land-applied septage and animal manure must not violate water quality laws any time.
Keith Termaat, President
The Milton Neighbors
Cluster bomb atrocities
Thank you for your continuing coverage of U.S. military strategy in Iraq and the Middle East. However, one aspect of that coverage is lacking in the media, including in your reporting; the devastating and long lasting effects of cluster bombs in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon.
U.S.-made cluster bombs have been used in civilian populated areas in these and other countries over the past 15 years with devastating and long-lasting effect. These wide-area weapons maim and kill civilians during conflicts, and dud munitions continue to do so long after the war subsides.
The International Red Cross and United Nations have condemned the use of these weapons. The U.S. use of cluster bombs hurts our countrys ability to champion humanitarian rights and endangers our children and our childrens children by leaving a terrible reminder of the U.S. impact on
the far reaches of the world.
We need media like yours to shed light on this issue, and we need our community to ask our senators how they will work for passage of this important legislation to save innocent civilian lives for decades to come.
John Weathers Kingsley