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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Kristi Kates - October 11th, 2007
Counting Crows - August and Everything After: Deluxe Edition - Geffen
The original *August...* was perhaps the best thing Counting Crows ever did, really; which is why it makes sense that they‘d want to revitalize the release and send it back out to find itself a new audience. Remastered for a more crisp, dense sound, the extras include several interesting previously-unreleased demos, including the band‘s cover of Woody Guthrie‘s “This Land is Your Land,“ and some other tracks that, while not landmark songs, nicely show the growth of the group. Also included here is a separate disc with an also previously-unreleased Paris concert - actually the last show that the band played in direct promotion of the original *August...* album - a groovy poster, and some surprisingly insightful liner notes via which CC singer Adam Duritz explains the breakup of the band admist tales of lunching with famous friends. Even if you‘ve already got the album, this one‘s almost worth it just for the extras.

Ben Lee - Ripe - New West
Staying in the same vein that made his last set a TV soundtrack staple, Lee doesn‘t grow much here, but he does turn out some decently catchy songs that are, as usual, loaded with his quick arrangements, guitar-and-piano riffs, and emo-pop vocal lines. There are a few steps into more-emotional-than-usual territory here, namely the ballad “Love Me Like the World is Ending,“ “Hungry,“ and “Just Say Yes,“ but overall, it‘s another quirkily-smart collection of indie-pop songs destined to find their way to the One Tree Hill crowd, whether they‘re picking up on “What Would Jay-Z Do?“, “American Television,“ “Is This How Love‘s Supposed To Feel,“ or the title track. A few additionally interesting twists include the unexpected guest appearances, which include Good Charlotte‘s rocker-boy Benji Madden and pop diva-ess-slash-actress Mandy Moore, who duets quite entertainingly with Lee on the almost-corny “Birds and Bees.“

The Proclaimers - Life With You - UMVD
C‘mon, sing along now - “And-da I woulda walk five hun-dred miles, And-da I woulda walk...“ okay, okay, sorry - well, that‘s probably the most familiar way one might know Scottish duo The Proclaimers - by the abpve hit song was made a raging earworm by its appearance on both radio and in the Johnny Depp movie *Benny and Joon.* But we digress, as that was years ago - now that you‘ve figured out who they are, have you ever heard any of their non-hit songs? If not, that‘s a shame, because this is a band who‘s been around 20 years now and have cranked out such well-written, Scottish-tinged rock tracks as “Cap in Hand,“ “Letter from America,“ and “The Joyful Kilmarnock Blues.“ If you‘ve missed all those, at least pick up their latest effort (being this one), on which they collaborate with producer Steve Evans to craft over a dozen new tracks, including the set‘s first single, “Life With You,“ and their standout cover of “Whole Wide World.“

Jamie Cullum - In the Mind of Jamie Cullum - District 6
Back up a few steps, there, rabid Jamie Cullum fans - this isn‘t an album of brand new Jamie Cullum songs, although there are a couple of new compositions by him included here. Nope, instead, it‘s basically a compilation album, hence the title referencing what‘s bouncing around in Cullum‘s mind. The pop-jazzster has a lot in there, apparantly; everything from rock and electronic new wave to blues and hip-hop; and he‘s decided to put it together here just for you. In addition to those two Cullum tracks, namely “After You‘ve Gone“ and “I‘d Probably Do It Again“ (both previously unreleased), you‘ll also get Cullum‘s favorite tunes from the likes of Nina Simone (“I Think it‘s Gonna Rain Today“), Donovan (“Get Thy Bearings“), the legendary Charles Mingus (“Fables of Faustus“), and Herbie Hancock (“Nobu“), plus some newer singles from Cinematic Orchestra (“All Things to All Men“), and Elbow (“Station Approach“). Thanks for the mixtape, Jamie.

 
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