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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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Killers add tour dates across the U. S.

Kristi Kates - August 24th, 2009
Killers Add Tour Dates Across the U.S.
Kristi Kates 8/24/09
Following their recent smash Lollapalooza appearance, The Killers have announced yet another round of tour dates in continued promotion of their current album, Day and Age. The band will trek to Washington DC to begin the new schedule, and will stay on the road through the end of September, with stops including a few legendary ones (Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, the Hollywood Bowl, and NY’s Jones Beach Theater), as well as cities from Toronto (9/6) to San Diego (9/18), from their hometown of Las Vegas (9/19) to Portland, Oregon (9/24). The Killers’ music video for their track “A Dusted Fairytale” is also available now on iTunes, as is the album itself...
Oasis’ own label, Big Brother Records, is set to drop special editions of all seven of Oasis’ studio albums on vinyl records, from their debut set, Definitely Maybe, to their current album Dig Out Your Soul - their 1998 B-sides collection, The Masterplan, will get a reissue as well, and all of the vinyl editions will get new sleeve liner notes as written by NME Reviews Editor Hamish MacBain. The new albums are available now; quick purchasers will also have access to a limited number of box sets that will feature all eight records plus new artwork. Check out www.oasisnet.com for more info...
A new 16-track live recording of Tim Buckley is set to drop next week; called Tim Buckley - Live at the Folklore Center NYC - March 6, 1967, the album will include six Buckley songs that have never been released on any of his studio or live albums, including “Just Please Leave Me,” “Country Boy,” and “I Can’t Leave You Loving Me.” The album will be the earliest live recording of the singer-songwriter that has been released yet; the Folklore Center was known as a venue for emerging folk singers. The album will also include a previously unpublished interview with Buckley by the owner of the Folklore Center that took place over March 17 and 18th, also in 1967. The CD will hit stores on August 25...
Police drummer Stewart Copeland has been working on a project that’s a far cry from his work with Sting; unless you count the sting of a real eagle’s claws. Ben Hur Live is the project he’s just completed composing the soundtrack for - a touring production that’ll include 400 actors and over 100 animals in its ranks. Being described as “the world’s biggest arena production,” Ben Hur Live will debut at London’s O2 Arena in September before it begins its tour of Europe; the show, along with Copeland’s music, will include a chariot race, several ancient languages including Latin and Aramaic, a sea battle with “daring stunts,” and lots more...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Art Brut’s Eddie Argos and bandmates got treated to an extensive tour of the NYC DC Comics offices recently, as a result of writing the song “DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake,” which is included on their latest album. Argos wrote a column for undertheradarmag, and the magazine chronicled the tour in a cool photo diary that’s viewable at www.undertheradarmag.com/news/art_brut_at_dc_comics/; Argos says that he’s been a DC comics fan since he was given a pile of Batman comics as a kid, and he soon became a fan of other DC characters as well...

MINI BUZZ:
Fightstar have announced that they’ll embark on a UK tour in October, following the release of a new Fightstar single, “Never Change,” which hit radio last week...
Retro-popster Daryl Hall, while continuing his musical series “Live at Daryl’s House” and occasionally participating in Hall and Oates gigs, is also just beginning work on what he says will be his next full-length solo album...
The debut album from the Danish chamber-pop group Choir of Young Believers, titled This is for the White in Your Eyes, has already been nominated for six Danish Grammy Awards, and is in U.S. stores this week...
Turin Brakes are celebrating their 10th anniversary as a band by releasing a double-disc best-of CD; the band and their management chose the tunes for CD number one, while fans were allowed to pick the songs that went on CD number two...
Afghan Whigs were honored with a tribute album recently; as summer wanes, pick up a copy of Summer’s Kiss: A Tribute to the Afghan Whigs, complete with covers of the band’s songs by the likes of Mark Lanegan, Joseph Arthur, Zykos, and more...
Portland band Blitzen Trapper’s Black River Killer EP will be in-stores next week courtesy of Sub Pop Records, who put together the EP from a CDR that the band has been selling informally at their live shows...
And this week’s new releases are on sale for you, informally or formally, whichever you prefer (just don’t forget your wallet)... ON CD: Sean Paul’s Imperial Blaze... The Lemonheads’ Varshons... Imogen Heap’s Ellipse... and Third Eye Blind’s latest (title TBA)... ON DVD: Jeff Healey Band’s Songs from the Road ... and 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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