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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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CCR Keeps on Choogling

Ross Boissoneau - March 24th, 2008
Originally a fun idea for a few private parties, Creedence Clearwater Revisited – the rhythm section of the original Creedence Clearwater Revival plus a couple of stand-ins for the missing Fogerty brothers – has become a regular working band since its inception in 1995. Heck, it’s even come complete with lawsuits of the type that helped scuttle the original band back in the ‘70s.
Stu Cook and Doug “Cosmo” Clifford were the men behind the bass and drums, respectively, for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame CCR when it was riding high on the charts behind such tunes as “Who’ll Stop the Rain,” “Lookin’ Out My Back Door,” and, yes, “Proud Mary.” But following Tom Fogerty’s departure in 1971, the band recorded its final album, 1972’s “Mardi Gras,” as a trio. Since then there have been a number of ugly lawsuits, with John Fogerty on one side and the band’s label, Fantasy, on the other, and the remaining members either in the middle or actually allied with the label against John.
The proceedings so angered Fogerty that he vowed never to perform his CCR songs again, which opened the door for Creedence Clearwater Revisited. With one-time Cars member Elliot Easton on lead guitar and John Tristao handling vocals, the band hit the road.
And the courtroom, too, once again facing Fogerty, who fought the band over its name. Eventually Clifford and Cook emerged victorious, the “Revisited” part of the name good enough to suit the courts.

CAN’T STOP THE MUSIC
But what about the music? That’s what led the twosome once again to the bandstand, and critics and audience alike agree the new band keeps the spirit of the old intact. Of course, it helped that Fogerty eschewed his own compositions until just a few years ago, but the new CCR band – now featuring guitarist Tal Morris and guitarist/keyboardist Steve Gunner – continues to tour relentlessly, reminding audiences of how great those hits from nearly 30 years ago really were.
“We never really had any intention of playing for the public,” says Cook. “But a friend wanted to promote a couple of concerts. We got talked into it, but didn’t know how it would go over.”
Audiences were so enthusiastic that the band finally decided to record a live document of their concerts. “Recollection” was recorded in western Canada, the result of numerous requests from Revisited fans to make a CD available. “It was generated by requests of the people who came to the shows,” Cook acknowledges. “Over and over they would ask, ‘Do you guys have a CD?’”
So what can the audience at the Odawa Casino expect? A generous helping of “Susie Q,” “Lodi,” “Down on the Corner” and any number of hits from the three years that CCR owned the top of the pop charts. That unique combination of swamp rock, blues, and boogie sounds just as invigorating now as it did then.
The show takes place Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 and $40. For more information, call 877-442-6464 or 439-6100, or log onto odawacasino.com.
 
 
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