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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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U2 looks toward Horizon for a new album

Kristi Kates - February 2nd, 2009
U2 worked with an all-star trio of producers for their upcoming (and twelfth) studio album, which will arrive on Interscope Records March 3. Brian Eno, Steve Lillywhite, and Daniel Lanois were behind the boards for U2’s latest set, which was recorded in Dublin, Fez, and New York City, and has been titled No Line on the Horizon. The album was originally scheduled for release in 2008, but U2 felt the set wasn’t completely ready, and therefore kept working. The new songs are said to be a bit different from U2’s previous work, but nonetheless compelling...
Fleetwood Mac is now set to hit the road for their first tour in five years. They’ll kick off their “Unleashed” tour March 1 in Pittsburgh, PA, with over a dozen dates on the schedule already, and more expected to keep the band on the road through the summer. Although Christine McVie is reportedly not going to join the tour, Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Mick Fleetwood, and John McVie are all packed and ready to go; tour stops booked so far include Chicago (3/5), Auburn Hills, MI (3/8), Albany, NY (3/17), NYC (3/19), and Toronto (3/26)...
Noah and the Whale - known so far to American audiences as the “Sun Sun Sun (Five Years Time)” band - are planning to set their next full-length album to a new film, which will hit theaters the same time the CD hits stores. The band is making what they’re calling a “visual accompaniment” to the CD itself, so that you can view the film and have the soundtrack line up with it perfectly...
And although Ryan Adams’ latest disc with the Cardinals (Cardinology) is only a couple of months old, the singer-songwriter is already back in the recording studio, tracking demos for an album whose working title is “Dear Impossible.” Tunes so far include “So Quiet, It’s Loud,” “Please Hold On,” and “Mirror-Gold” - Adams describes the new tracks as in a “more pop, melodic style.” In other Adams news, his tour dates with the Cardinals kick off their headlining run on February 20 in New Haven, CT...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
For those of you who like to plan ahead, the NYC version of the famed All Tomorrow’s Parties has already announced the first few acts set to perform at the 2009 event. Attendees will catch sets from the likes of Anti-Pop Consortium, Animal Collective, and Atlas Sound, among others; tix for the whole weekend can be purchased now at www.atpfestival.com...

MINI BUZZ:
U2’s Bono has been awarded with the “Man of Peace” prize by the Nobel peace laureates for his work on African debt, poverty, and disease...
No Doubt have announced their first show as a band for 2009; they’ll be headlining the second day of the New Jersey Bamboozle Festival on May 3...
Nu-soul singer Duffy has landed a six-figure deal to star in the British ad campaign for Diet Coke...
Portishead have announced that they’ve already started preliminary work on ideas for their fourth album; they’re currently plotting out both studio time and tour dates...
Columbia/Legacy Records are celebrating the 50th anniversary of Miles Davis’ landmark album, Kind of Blue, with a two-disc Kind of Blue: Legacy Edition, out now...
Speaking of the more traditional (as opposed to jazzy) blues, the B.B. King Blues Club in NYC is doing its part to give people a little break from economy woes - they’re cutting all ticket prices for evening concerts by 50 percent for the month of February for those who present a photo ID and unemployment check proof at the box office; upcoming shows at B.B. King’s include Ralph Stanley, Broadway Underground, Maxi Priest, and Blackstreet...
And back at full price are this week’s new releases... ON CD: Chris Cornell’s much-anticipated Scream... American Idol finalist Melinda Doolittle’s debut disc... The Fray’s The Fray... Dent May and His Magnificent Ukelele’s eponymous set... Von Bondies’ Love, Hate, and Then There’s You...and Charles Aznavour’s Duos... ON DVD: Brian Wilson: That Lucky Old Sun Live at Capitol Records... Paul McCartney: In Performance... Neil Young Archives, Vol. 1: 1963-1972... and U2’s Rattle and Hum: I Love the ‘80s 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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