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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Green Day bring Franz, Chiefs along on tour

Kristi Kates - June 22nd, 2009
Green Day Bring Franz,
Chiefs Along On Tour
Kristi Kates 6/22/09

Green Day’s summer tour is set to kick off right before the 4th of July,
in which the band will make stops in Chicago (7/13), Detroit (7/14),
Philly (7/21), Washington DC (7/29), and New Orleans (8/7), among other
cities, before heading overseas for a series of Western European dates in
Portugal, Spain, and France. But that’s not all of the Green Day tour news
- fans will also be treated to a couple of super opening acts, given that
Green Day has snagged both Franz Ferdinand and Kaiser Chiefs as their
support bands. Franz and the Chiefs usually headline their own shows, so
this should be an interesting mix for all bands involved...

Singer-songwriter-pianist Regina Spektor has wrapped work on her third and
latest album, Far, on which she collaborated with not one, not two, but
four different producers, whom she selected by randomly matching the
producers up with her newest roster of songs. Her new album will serve as
the follow up to her 2006 sophomore breakout set, Begin to Hope, which has
sold over half a million copies to date. Spektor will help promote Far
with a worldwide tour; the album’s first single, “Laughing With,” will hit
radio soon, with Far in stores on June 23...

O.A.R. may not have thought mini-blog site Twitter a very good idea at the
beginning, but now they’ve decided to embrace the technology with a
first-of-its-kind Twitter songwriting contest that will end with a new
O.A.R. song being released via iTunes in October. The band says that the
plan is to collect lyrics from people who contribute those lyrics to
Twitter, and to then write a song inspired by others’ words. Got some
lyric ideas? Well, now’s the time - fans are being asked to submit their
lyrics, 140 characters at a time, to O.A.R.’s Twitter page at
www.twitter.com/ofarevolution. The band will then choose three winning
verses, a chorus, and a bridge that will compose the winning song...

The Beastie Boys recently stopped by Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, where
they smashed out a quick impromptu live performance accompanied by Late
Night house band The Roots, and also revealed the title of their upcoming
album, which they’ve dubbed Hot Sauce Committee. Those who don’t want to
wait until the album hits stores and media outlets can catch the Beasties
at plenty of venues this summer; they’ve got headlining performances
booked at everywhere from All Points West and Austin City Limits to this
summer’s Lollapalooza fest...

Chicago hip-hop-popsters Cool Kids are giving their fans a mixtape of 18
new studio tracks called Gone Fishing that’s completely free. So what’s
the catch? Not a thing - the CKs simply want to reel in some interest for
their upcoming full-length album, When Fish Ride Bicycles. So go and snag
those new tunes now at www.coolxkids.com (and yes, we’ll stop the fishing

Interpol lead singer/guitarist Paul Banks is set to release a solo album
in August, but don’t look for the name “Paul Banks” on the record; the
album, dubbed Skyscraper, will surface under Banks’ solo moniker, Julian
Manchester Orchestra have just released their sophomore album, Mean
Everything to Nothing, and have already seen one of their songs featured
on the TV series Gossip Girls...
Taking Back Sunday’s new album, aptly titled New Again, is in stores now,
with the first single, “Sink Into Me,” already on radio...
Remember Lilith Fair, the all-female-musicians tour put together by
singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan in the late ’90s? Well, it’s making a
return in 2010, if the revived website www.lilithfair.com is any
As if General Motors didn’t have enough problems, Lemonheads frontman Evan
Dando is suing the automaker, claiming that they copied his band’s song
“It’s a Shame About Ray” for a 2008 car commercial...
Jason Mraz is set to headline this summer’s Gratitude Cafe Tour along with
G. Love; the tour kicks off in Maryland on July 25...

And these discs are this week’s headliners at a multimedia store near
you... ON CD: The Mars Volta’s Octahedron... Regina Spektor’s Far... Deer
Tick’s Born on Flag Day... and Pete Yorn’s Back and Fourth... ON DVD:
Thomas Dolby: The Singular Thomas Dolby... and Michael W. Smith’s A New
Hallelujah... that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your
favorite musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com

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