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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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2009 Langerado to feature Snoop, Dashboard, Death Cab

Kristi Kates - January 19th, 2009
Michigander music fans who migrate to Miami for part of the winter might want to ensure that they’ll be there during the first week of March, when the latest edition of the Langerado Music Festival is set to take place in Miami’s Bicentennial Park. This year’s fest will feature sets from Death Cab for Cutie, Snoop Dogg, Dashboard Confessional, The Faint, Mute Math, and Ryan Adams, among others, as well as late-night shows in and around the city of Miami.
Tix can be snagged at www.langerado.com, but they’re selling fast, so you’d best get moving if you want to attend...
Another Michigan connection this week arrives in the inclusion of ex-Grand Funk Railroad member Mark Farner in the 2009 version of Hollywood Rock N’ Roll Camp, set to take place in early May. Farner will be one of several “Camp Counselors,” alongside the likes of Stray Cats’ Slim Jim Phantom, Yes’ Alan White, Aerosmith songwriter Mark Hudson, and ex-Guns N’ Roses bandmate Duff McKagan, among others. Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives celebrity chef Guy Fieri will prepare the opening night meal at the Camp, while campers will organize themselves into bands, record an original song, and play a concert in L.A.; this year’s camp will also feature a companion package so wannabes can bring along their significant others or pals. Do you wanna rock? Then register now at www.rockcamp.com...
The 1979 The Who documentary The Kids Are Alright is set for re-release in two different forms of DVD on January 20, complete with 5.1 surround sound and digital remastering. The movie will be available in a single-disc version, which features commentary by director Jeff Stein, and a double-disc version, which will include interviews with singer Roger Daltrey and Stein again; the double-disc will also feature behind-the-scenes footage of the film’s restoration, and some special live performance footage...
Morrissey has signed a deal with U.S. label Lost Highway to release his new album, an interesting matchup, since Lost Highway has mostly alt-country acts on its roster, such as Lyle Lovett, Ryan Adams, and Lucinda Williams (although Elvis Costello is also a signee for his U.S. releases.) Morrissey’s new disc, which he’s titled Years of Refusal, will hit stores on February 17, and Morrissey will support the set with an upcoming North American tour that will include stops in Atlanta, GA (3/7), Washington DC (3/14), Philadelphia (3/22), Ann Arbor MI, (3/31), and Minneapolis (4/6)...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Thursday have confirmed that they’ll release their new album, Common Existence, on February 16; you can listen to their latest single in streaming audio on their MySpace site
www.myspace.com/thursday...

MINI BUZZ:
Dave Matthews Band are back (yet again), and are ready to kick off a U.S. tour this spring; the tour will begin on April 14 at Madison Square Garden in NYC, the same date the band’s new album will hit stores...
3 Doors Down are ready to begin touring, too, and will play their first show of the tour in Reading, Pennsylvania on January 22...
The Bonnaroo Festival has released a DVD of the 2008 performances, which will include Pearl Jam, Jack Johnson, Against Me!, Metallica, and Sharon Jones, but it will only be available for a limited time; Phish and Bruce Springsteen are rumored to be the headliners for the 2009 Bonnaroo event...
The Walkmen will play a series of dates along with opening act Beach House on the U.S. west coast in support of their newest album, You and Me - their tour stops will include Los Angeles (1/20), Portland OR (1/23), and Seattle (1/24)...
The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus will release their next album, Lonely Road, on February 3, and they’ve already hit that lonely road as their tour began on January 10 in Atlanta...
Ben Harper’s new blues band project Relentless7 has booked a handful of club shows to preface the band’s debut album, which will hit stores in May...
And also out this week are - what else? - why, this week’s newest releases, of course... ON CD: Antony and the Johnsons’ The Crying Light... Umphrey’s McGee’s Mantis... Sterling Simms’ Yours, Mine and the Truth... Or The Whale’s Light Poles and Pines... The Millenium’s Pieces... and Franz Ferdinand’s Ulysses single set... ON DVD: Razorlight’s Slipway Fires: Deluxe Edition... John Lennon: In Performance... The Rolling Stones - The Brian Jones Years... and Saxon: Into the Labyrinth Special Edition... ... 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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