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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STP confirm reunion (really?) and hit the road for tour

Kristi Kates - April 21st, 2008
STP Confirm Reunion (Really?)
and Hit the Road for Tour
This could conceptually change by press time, since last week consisted of Stone Temple Pilots’ booting singer Scott Weiland out of the band, Weiland offering up his own disgruntled counterattack, and the band then showing up, apparantly reconciled - and complete with Weiland on vocals - at Harry Houdini’s former estate in Los Angeles to play a set for industry folk and radio contest winners. But as of your reading this right now, STP have announced that they’re “back” and are going to take on a full summer amphitheater tour of North America. STP’s tour stops - well, provided the band can keep themselves together - are set to include Cleveland (5/20), Chicago (5/22), and Detroit (6/3); a new album is also expected to follow. More info and presale tix are available at STP’s new website, www.stonetemplepilots.com...
While last year’s Bumbershoot Festival featured sets from the likes of Kings of Leon, John Legend, Panic! at the Disco, and The Shins, this year’s takes things a step up yet again, with headliners including the aforementioned Stone Temple Pilots plus none other than Beck. The 2008 event will take place Aug. 30 - Sept. 1 at Seattle’s City Center, with additional performances from Jakob Dylan, !!!, Bedouin Soundclash, and The Walkmen, among many others. Among the non-musical sets will be the usual three-stage comedy program and a special collaboration between choreographer Joe Goode and NYC puppeteer Basil Twist called “Wonderboy”...
In other festival news, Lollapalooza has announced their lineup for this year’s rilly big shew, which is set to take place in Chicago, Aug. 1 - 3. Headliners are set to be Jack White’s Raconteurs, Radiohead, Rage Against the Machine, and Wilco, with secondary stage acts including Gnarls Barkley, Bloc Party, The National, Jamie Lidell, Louis XIV, Mates of State, The Go! Team, Booka Shade, and dozens more. Of course, there will also be all the usual Lolla extras, such as the art exhibit, food and beverage stands, the environmental and recycling areas, and much more, for fans willing to cough up for the $200 3-day tix; get all the details at
And following his solo live appearance at the Musicians On Call Benefit last week, former Bush/Institute singer Gavin Rossdale has wrapped work on his first solo album, Wanderlust, which is set to hit stores in early June via Interscope Records. Produced by Bob Rock, the set features musical contributions from Chris Traynor (guitar), Jamie Muhoberac (keys), Paul Bushnell (bass), and Josh Freese (drums), as well as vocals from Rossdale’s wife, No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani, on the track “Some Days.” The album’s early first single, “Love Remains the Same,” is available now on iTunes...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK: Wanna hang out with Moby, Trentemoller, and Mylo in London? Well, if you’ve got lots of friends, you might get a chance to do just that. The trio will be putting on a show at the indigO2 on May 9 to help promote Moby’s new album, Last Night, but there will be no general admission to the event - it’s competition only. All you have to do is submit as big a guest list as possible to the event’s promotional website at www.thinkyourepopular.com, and the person with the biggest list of genuine names will get themselves and all their friends in to this special gig for free.

Brit modern rockers Oasis have announced that they’ll play their first live shows in two years; but unless you’re heading to Seattle (8/26), you’ll need a passport to hop the border to Canada and check ‘em out during their stops in Vancouver (8/27), Edmonton (8/29), Calgary (8/30) and Toronto as part of the V Festival on 9/7...
Dizzee Rascal will be touring with support act El-P to help promote his new album, Maths and English, which will hit stores on April 29; cities on the tour schedule include Boston (5/8), Detroit (5/14), and Chicago (5/15)...
Last week’s “Idol Gives Back” American Idol telethon raised over 22 million dollars for a variety of U.S. and international charities...
The Celebrate Brooklyn! Concert Series in Prospect Park will mark its 30th birthday this year with a roster of eclectic performances from Isaac Hayes, Beth Orton, Cold War Kids, Deerhoof, and Ceramic Dog, among others...
Indie hip-hop festival Paid Dues, featuring Rakim, De La Soul, and Murs and 9th Wonder, has added some national performance dates to this year’s series, including stops in NYC (6/4) and Denver, Colorado (6/13)...
And Bob Dylan won a special honorary Pulitzer Prize last week for his “profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power”...
Hoping to make their own impact on your wallet are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Django Reinhardt’s 100 Chansons... Joseph Arthur’s Crazy Rain and Boredom... The Kooks’ Konk... Phantom Planet’s Raise the Dead... Everclear’s The Vegas Years... and Last Shadow Puppets’ The Age of Understatement... ON DVD: John Legend: Live from Philadelphia... Steve Gadd’s Master Series Modern Drummer... Classic Albums: The Doors... and The Swell Season (The Frames’ Glen Hansard) Live from the Artists Den... 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
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