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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Rockin‘ for a reason

Rick Coates - August 31st, 2009
For A Reason
14 bands stage a charity jam at The Terminal

By Rick Coates 8/31/09
Ida Reed, lead singer of Northern Michigan based rockers Callous, is “Rockin’ For A Reason” this weekend. Actually, Rose has several reasons to rock.
“We are raising money for two worthwhile charities with an all-day music event featuring 14 bands at The Terminal,” said Reed. “But I want this to go beyond the charities; I want to help put rock and roll back into the live music scene in Northern Michigan.”
Rockin’ For A Reason takes place Sunday, September 6 at The Terminal in Traverse City. Doors open at Noon and the $10 ticket price will go to benefit The American Red Cross of Northwest Michigan and The Veterans of Foreign Wars of Traverse City.
“When I was looking at charities for this first event I wanted to be sure that the money raised would stay here in Northern Michigan,” said Reed. “My goal with my production company R.I.P.-Rhoda Inc. Productions is to host six events of this nature a year. I have a three-event deal with The Terminal and I am looking at other venues for the other events. Each event we will designate two charities.”

As for putting “rock” back into the local music scene, Reed said there is a lot of great music in the region being overlooked.
“I love all kinds of music, but there is an emphasis on blues style music for the live scene up here. I do not have a problem with that and I know a lot of others want to see some diversity,” said Reed. “There are a lot of bands rockin’ out, with a lot of talent and we can fill up the bars if we are given a chance.”
Rockin’ For A Reason includes an eclectic collection of bands and musicians.
“We have all genres of rock covered, from heavy metal, classic rock, ‘80’s metal, modern rock, modern metal to easy listening, along with Top 40, progressive and alternative rock and even an Ozzy tribute band,” said Reed. “All of these bands are donating their time. I am real happy about that. When I got started in the live music scene years ago with Riot Akt, there was this brotherhood among musicians around the state and somehow over the years that seems to have disappeared, so we are hoping that these types of events will help to reconnect the brotherhood.”
Rockin’ For A Reason will feature two stages along with a unique fundraising opportunity.
“We are going to have a really cool silent auction throughout the day,” said Reed. “But what I am really excited about is we have Candid Lens Studios coming in and they will take pictures of you with your favorite bands and the proceeds will benefit the charities.”

In addition to the bands, auction and photograph and autograph session there will be a Guitar Hero Competition and something for country music fans.
“We will have both a competitive and non-competitive Guitar Hero Competition with all the proceeds going to the charities,” said Reed. “In the Double D Saloon there will be country music and line dancing all afternoon and evening.”
Rockin’ For A Reason will be co-hosted by Joey Callahan of Radius Recording with a special appearance by Howie Beno who has worked with Blondie, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and others.
“I am certainly grateful for everyone who has stepped up to help make this happen,” said Reed. “My band mates in particular for donating their whole day to help with the staging and assist the other bands throughout the day with their technical needs.”
Rose has another “reason” to be excited about the day.
“My 15-year-old son Tyler Cervenka will be joining us on stage for the first time. He will play rhythm guitar on the first two songs and his father John Cervenka will join us as well, playing bass,” said Reed.
Reed is also looking for charities, bands and venues for future events.

Doors open at Noon with music starting at 2 pm. Tickets are $10, available at the door. For details check out rockinforareason.com or contact Ida Reed at 231-645-2014.
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