Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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Brett Dennen

Robert Downes - February 16th, 2009
These are high times for singer-songwriter Brett Dennen: He just wrapped up a performance on the Conan O’Brien Show; he’s been signed to perform at the 2009 Bonnaroo festival in Tennessee; and he’s backing up The Fray on a tour of Britain this April.
With a buzz building in Dennen’s direction, it’s a good time to catch the acoustic rocker on his way up. Locally, music fans will have their chance when Brett Dennen and his band perform with The Little Ones this Thursday, Feb 19 at 8 p.m. at the City Opera House in Traverse City.
The 29-year-old considers himself a late-bloomer; his first big break was opening for John Mayer, who caught his gig in California in 2006 and asked him to join his tour.
Raised in northern California, Dennen was home-schooled by his parents. He worked as a camp counselor in Yosemite National Park in his early 20s. Part of the job involved introducing juvenile offenders to the great outdoors as part of an Outward Bound-style program. “I pushed them to the limit,” he said in a Rolling Stone interview, adding that he taught his crew how to purify water, establish shelters in the wild, and other woodcraft.
Musically, you can place Dennen in the roots-rock bag with the likes of Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson. His vocals have been compared to the two (minus the frog in Matthews voice) and he tends toward sunny songs about nature, peace and love. His bio touts his “earthy tenor” as being “somewhere between Neil Young and Amy Winehouse,” and perhaps there’s a dash of Jeff Buckley in there too.
Dennen is big on social causes. His website (BrettDennen.net) offers info on various non-profit organizations, a “Hope for the Homeless”
CD, and a rather ill-defined “Mosaic Project,” which crafts “children’s songs for peace and a better world.”
“Hope for the Homeless” is a 12-song CD that draws inspiration from the music of Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and worldbeat artists.
A Porterhouse Productions show, this Thursday’s perfor-mance at the City Opera House runs $15 for general admission seating. Other upcoming shows at the Opera House include comedians Drew Hastings on Friday, March 6, and Louis CD on Thursday, April 16, with Ani DiFranco performing Monday, April 27.
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