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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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American Music Awards nominate Coldplay, Keys, Underwood

Kristi Kates - November 17th, 2008
American Music Awards Nominate Coldplay, Keys, Underwood
The 2008 American Music Award Nominations have been announced, but you’ll have to wait until November 23 for the awards show itself (which will air on ABC TV.) In the meantime, you can ponder the nominees - Alicia Keys leads the pack with five nominations, including Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist and Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist. Following closely behind her are Coldplay, who were nominated for Favorite Band Duo or Group, Favorite Alternative/Rock Artist, Favorite Pop/Rock Album for Viva La Vida and the much-coveted Artist of the Year. Other nominees include The Eagles, Carrie Underwood and Mariah Carey; the show will once again be hosted by Jimmy Kimmel...

The Black Eyed Peas have just about wrapped work on their fifth album, which they’ve titled The E.N.D. - but it’s not what you think. The cryptic letters stand for “The Energy Never Dies,” according to front Pea Will.i.am. The band is also pondering the idea that 2008 will be the last year in which CDs are of any significance in the music business, which is why they might release The E.N.D. before the end of this year; the Peas are checking out new methods of online song delivery, which might include embedded extra info, so keep an eye on this forward-thinking band...
Seattle prog-rockers Minus the Bear have released an acoustic EP that they’ve titled Acoustics, on which the band re-recorded a listing of fan favorites from their back catalog, as well as a new tune called “Guns and Ammo.” The EP can be purchased digitally at iTunes, EMusic and other electronic retailers; physical copies can be snagged on Minus the Bear’s headlining tour, which will take them through Sacramento CA (11/18), Portland OR (11/21), and Seattle (11/22)...
Toad the Wet Sprocket frontman-turned-solo-artist Glen Phillips is prepping to release a new solo EP titled The Secrets of the New Explorers, which will hit stores in January. It will explore themes of science fiction (available at live shows, digital retailers and at
www.glenphillips.com.) Phillips has also been touring since early October, with a full slate of tour dates still left on his schedule, including stops in Dallas TX (11/21), Minneapolis MN (12/1), Milwaukee WI (12/2), Grand Rapids MI (12/4), and Pittsburgh PA (12/6)...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
If you’re a fan of guitar players, you’ll want to check out this link courtesy of Gibson guitars and HDtracks.com; they’re giving away a collection of high-def music featuring work from top-ranking guitarists, including Johnny Winter, Tinsley Ellis, and Slash’s instrumental interpretation of a classical track by Rachmaninoff (yes, you read that correctly.) Snag it for free at www.hdtracks.com...

MINI BUZZ:
Currently on tour with James Blunt, singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson will return and then quickly re-embark on a headlining tour of his own, kicking off in Ireland on January 17 of next year...
Canadian band The Acorn will embarking on a U.S. tour, along with Calexico; their tour stops will include Pontiac MI (11/20), Denver CO (11/24), and Toronto (11/27)...
The Supersuckers are set to perform at a special 20th anniversary show on November 29 at the Showbox Theater in Seattle; they’ll also release a brand new album, Get it Together, on November 25...
Sarah McLachlan will release an expanded version of her Closer - Greatest Hits disc that is slated to include a second disc of music. Details TBA...
Pearl Jam co-founder/guitarist Stone Gossard joined 200 volunteers recently to help re-green Los Angeles by planting 250 trees for environmental restoration; the planting was part of the Dig It initiative, a multi-city eco-minded campaign...
The Gibson Guitars website has named its top four guitar teachers from across the internet - namely, Bob Dylan/Paul Simon sideman Arlen Roth; founding Editor-In-Chief of GuitarOne Magazine Wolf Marshall; country/metal guitarist John 5; and Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante, who’s been posting his free lessons on YouTube...
And not free, but worthy nonetheless, are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Sir Paul McCartney’s Fireman project... Chris Cornell’s Scream... Nickelback’s Dark Horse... Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan’s Sunday at Devil Dirt... All-American Rejects’ When the World Comes Down... and David Cook’s title-TBA debut disc... ON DVD: Belle + Sebastian: The BBC Sessions... Smashing Pumpkins - If All Goes Wrong ... and The Who at Kilburn: 1977... 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 modernrocker@gmail.com
 
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