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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Starving artisits get a food boost from Denny‘s

Kristi Kates - June 2nd, 2008
Starving Artists Get a Food Boost From Denny’s
Taking your band on the road... on a budget? Never fear - Denny’s is here! The national food chain is dipping its toes into the music biz via their new Adopt-A-Band program, which you can check out on the restaurant’s microsite, www.dennysallnighter.com. Indie bands can apply to be a “participating touring band,” and, if selected, they’ll be able to eat at Denny’s restaurants for free at any time, and will have content (including streamed songs, tour dates, and pics) posted on the Denny’s microsite. Every two months, six new bands will be “adopted” and added to the site - the first half-dozen include Switches, Take the Crown, and Saving Abel. In return for the free grub, the bands are asked to visit three Denny’s a month and post photos of their Denny’s visits. In addition, bands dining at Denny’s can check out Denny’s new Rock Star Menus, which will consist of dishes invented by more high-profile bands - Taking Back Sunday and The All-American Rejects have already contributed recipes, but you’ll have to wait until August to order ‘em...
Red Hot Chili Peppers singer Anthony Kiedis has been tapped to curate the first New American Music Union Festival, which will kick off on August 8 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (can you say “road trip?”). Tix are on sale now on the Live Nation website; general admission will run around $50 to see the likes of Gnarls Barkley, The Roots, Bob Dylan, The Raconteurs, The Black Keys, and many more - including a plethora of college bands that will be part of a competition to win recording session time - and each ticket will also arrive with a free concert t-shirt...
Singer-songwriter Beth Orton has added more dates to her upcoming North American tour, which is slated to start in Boston on July 2; Orton will perform acoustically, accompanied by Rob Moose in support of her most recent (fourth) album, Comfort of Strangers. Orton’s tour stops will include North Adams, MA (7/5), Michigan’s new Rothbury Music Festival on July 6, Toronto (7/8), and Philadelphia on July 11 for the WXPN Fest...
Hot Chip have just wrapped their sold-out North American tour, and will turn their Brit-electro-popness right back around to return to the U.S. this fall. Beginning on September 12 with a two-night stand in Los Angeles, the band’s presale tix are already online for their fall dates, featuring among them shows in Tucson, AZ (9/23), Chicago (9/28-29), Toronto (9/30), Philly (10/5), and Washington, DC (10/8). Following their American shows, Hot Chip will continue their trek, this time to their biggest UK headlining tour to date, which will kick off in late October...

Paul Weller’s new single, “Echoes Round the Sun,” is out, as is his brand new video - the song features Oasis’ Gem Archer and Noel Gallagher, and the video - well, you’ll just have to see that for yourself at www.youtube.com/watch?v=38I4N7e-4jk...

Actor Joaquin Phoenix (Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line”) is currently recording an album with Charlatans singer Tim Burgess; Phoenix “discovered” his own musical interest while learning guitar for the Cash role...
While rapper Common is moving his talents in the other direction - he’ll take on an acting role as a freedom fighter named Barnes in the upcoming fourth installment of the Terminator movie series, which is due out May 2009...
Singer-songwriter KT Tunstall has added a second round of dates to her U.S. tour, now playing shows in Grand Rapids (8/11), Interlochen, MI (8/14), Milwaukee (8/15), Denver (8/18), and Aspen, Colorado (8/25)...
Dave Matthews Band is still working on their latest album, which they say is a much more collaborative effort, with every song being written by the band as a whole; the band will break for summer touring, and then will resume work on the album in September...
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Fest in Tennessee is going to be nationally televised for the first time this year, making those unable to attend able to watch the likes of Metallica, Kanye West, and Pearl Jam on Fuse TV...
Stevie Wonder will hit the tour trail this summer with more than a dozen North American shows that’ll take him from coast to coast. The Motown icon’s outing begins in June Wantagh, NY, and continues around the East Coast through the end of the month. In July, he’ll head West for shows in Colorado, Nevada, California, Washington and British Columbia..
And this week’s discs are heading towards a multimedia store near you... ON CD: The Futureheads’ This is Not the World... Common’s The Greatest Story Ever Told... Gavin Rossdale’s Wanderlust... Spiritualized’s Songs in A and E... Shearwater’s Rook... and Interlochen alumni Jewel’s Perfectly Clear... ON DVD: The Future is Unwritten: A Documentary on Joe Strummer... U2’s Rattle and Hum... Nirvana: at the Reading Festival... and Deacon Blue Live... and that’s the buzz for this week’s
Modern Rock.
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