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Letters 02-01-2016

Real Contamination In 1968, Chicago (its Mayor Richard Daley in particular) felt menaced by anti-war protesters (Abbie Hoffman in particular) threatening to put the hallucinogenic LSD into Chicago’s water supply. In reaction to the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., we reacted vigorously to a perceived threat of chemical or biological terrorist attacks on our water supply. A religious cult contaminating a city water tank with salmonella in Oregon, sickening about 700, was the only such attack in our country until now. The water supply of Flint, Mich., was attacked and contaminated, not by terrorists or protesters, but by our own government...

Why The Muslim Debate? I was passing through your fine town last week and picked up a couple copies of Northern Express. There I noted a discourse concerning the Muslim situation in Dearborn. It is interesting to note that I see similar conversations in newspapers and blogs throughout the country and, in fact, throughout the world...

Kachadurian Has It All Wrong Thank you for continuing to publish Thomas Kachadurian’s bigoted editorials. If not for this publication, I wouldn’t know that such people lived in my sweet northern Michigan...

Over The Line I felt Sarah Palin crossed the line when she indicated our president did not care about those like her son who came home wounded. No one challenges her on these remarks; to me it is shameful...

Flints’ Man-made Disaster Governor Snyder’s Financial Emergency Manager Law has created a State of Emergency in Flint. In 2011, newly elected Governor Snyder signed Public Act 4, giving him the freedom to take over any city government his office found financially bankrupt, with power to override any decision of elected city officials. This law showed his primary motive — money before people. In November 2012, the People of Michigan voted down his Financial Emergency Manager Law, as they resented losing control of their cities. In December 2012, he showed his contempt for the people’s vote and signed a revised version, one that did not give power back to the people...

Defending the AR15 And Gun Rights I was amazed to read David Downer’s recent letter. He admits he is a gun owner but he expresses his ignorance of what an “assault rifle” really is, and thereby spreads the antigun position that an AR15 is an assault rifle...

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Kristi Kates - April 29th, 2004
Here come the Chicks With Attitude
 
A new all-girl-headliners tour, dubbed The Chicks With Attitude Tour, will kick off in August and will visit over a dozen U.S. cities over several weeks.  Top headliner is slated to be Liz Phair, with Katy Rose, Charlotte Martin, and The Cardigans‘ singer Nina Persson all scheduled to appear.  Dates have yet to be publicly confirmed, but the tour, which will be sponsored, appropriately, by Maybelline Cosmetics, is expected to make stops in Chicago, Detroit, Minneapolis, Philadelphia, and Toronto, with a special preview show set to take place on May 3rd in New York City...
 
Meanwhile, fellow chick rocker Sheryl Crow will play an unusual show on May 4th, when she takes the... uh... stage (aisle?) on a United Airlines flight to mark the launch of United‘s partnership with Sony‘s new Connect Online Music Service.  Crow will perform a 40-minute set with an accompanying acoustic guitarist during the flight, while the Sony/United program will allow United frequent fliers to earn miles when purchasing downloaded music from Sony...
 
Canadian singer-songwriter Ron Sexsmith - a favorite of Elvis Costello, Coldplay‘s Chris Martin, and Paul McCartney - has released his latest album, *Retriever,* to much critical acclaim.  *Retriever,* which includes the new Sexsmith tunes “From Now On,“ “Happiness,“ “Tomorrow In Her Eyes,“ and the album‘s first single, “Whatever It Takes,“ was recorded in just 12 days in London with producer Martin Terefe.  Sexsmith now has plans to hit the road in May for a U.S. tour, and he is also expected to tour Canada in the fall;  tour dates confirmed so far include stops in Los Angeles (5/15), Ferndale MI (5/16), Chicago (5/17), Minneapolis (5/19), Denver (5/23), and Seattle (5/27)...
 
Miami has been tapped to play host to the 21st Annual MTV Video Music Awards this year on August 29th, enabling MTV and crew to avoid the venue limitations and congestion of the Republican National Convention, which will take place August 30th to September 2nd in MTV‘s hometown (and one of two traditional Video Music Awards venues) of New York City...
 
And Blender Magazine is publishing their list of “The 50 Worst Songs Of All Time“ in their latest (May) issue - included in the dubious honor roll are tunes from Starship (“We Built This City“), Billy Ray Cyrus (“Achy Breaky Heart“), Wang Chung (“Everybody Have Fun Tonight“), and Eddie Murphy (“Party All The Time“)...
 
MINI BUZZ:
PJ Harvey and Le Tigre have been added to the roster for this year‘s Lollapalooza tour...
Kurt Cobain‘s Mark IV guitar sold for a whopping $117,500 at a music memorabilia auction last weekend...
Former Lemonheads lead singer Evan Dando is set to play a string of solo shows in the U.S. this month; rumors are also flying about a possible Lemonheads reunion tour...
A new charity download site is set to launch in mid-June - www.warchildmusic.com will offer inexpensive downloads from the likes of Badly Drawn Boy, Travis, and Spiritualized, with proceeds going to the War Child charity...
Ex-Black Crowes frontman Chris Robinson‘s new solo album, *This Magnificent Distance,* is now set for a June release date...
Jewel has been alternating tour dates with work on her upcoming new album, her sixth, which she plans to release next year and which she says will be much more “lo-fi“ than her previous dance album, *0304*...
 
And here are the albums and DVDs that are being released this week...  ON CD:  Radiohead drops *Com Lag*... IMA Robot releases *IMA Robot*... Ben Jelen is ready to *Give It All Away*... Alanis Morissette releases the anticipated *So Called Chaos*... Morrissey drops *You Are The Quarry*... and Sugarcult presents *Palm Trees and Power Lines*... ON DVD:  Alanis Morissette doubles her releases this week with *Music In High Places: Alanis Morissette Live in the Navajo Nation*... Collective Soul presents another *Music In High Places* release with *Collective Soul Live From Morocco*... Duran Duran drops *Sing Blue Silver*... and U2 releases *Rattle and Hum* on DVD... and that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.
 
*Questions, comments, rants, raves, about your fave artists or this column?  Send ‘em to Kristi at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com!*
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