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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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4Play/ R.E.M., James Apollo, The Smiths, Landy

Kristi Kates - June 15th, 2009
R.E.M. - Reckoning: Deluxe Edition - IRS/A&M
Kristi Kates 6/15/09
R.E.M. continue their series of reissues with a great 25th anniversary deluxe version of their 1984 album, Reckoning, which arrives via IRS. Another two-disc set (like last year’s reissue of the band’s Murmur), the first disc includes the remastered album, with super-clear sound on such tracks as “So. Central Rain” and “Pretty Persuasion,” while the second disc is a live show recorded in Chicago in 1984 at the Aragon Ballroom; that disc features live renditions of eight songs from Reckoning as well as “Driver 8” and “Hyena,” which were new at the time.



James Apollo - Angels We Have Grown Apart - No Alternative
He’s better known overseas than he may be in the U.S., but that doesn’t diminish James Apollo’s talent at all - Americans are just gonna have to catch up with his redolent brand of thoughtful, soulful folk-pop. “Morphine and Wine” blends American jazz with mournful lyrics; a viola serves as the carrying thread throughout the song “It’s Cruel,” with its veering tempo changes; and “Dead Men Weigh More Than Broken Hearts” is perhaps the perfect audio representation of Apollo’s jazzy, melancholy songs and his distinctive, smoky 2 a.m. vocals.


The Smiths -The Sound of the Smiths: The Very Best - Rhino
This deluxe two CD set of The Smiths is quite accurate in its “Best” description; this album really does bring together most of the band’s best tracks from their beginnings in 1981. Morrissey and Johnny Marr’s skills and songwriting complexities stand up even today, whether you’re listening to Smiths classics like “How Soon is Now?” “Girlfriend in a Coma,” or “Panic” - or slightly lesser-known tracks like “The Boy with the Thorn in His Side,” or “Shoplifters of the World Unite,” you’ll hear why The Smiths are still an influential band to plenty of today’s indie-rockers.


LANDy - Eros and Omissions - Apology
LANDy is the pseudonym for actor-slash-musician Adam Goldberg (Friends, Saving Private Ryan), who’s actually been crafting music almost as long as he’s been acting. Goldberg teams up here with the Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd to arrange and enhance Goldberg’s own songs of love and loss, which he actually began writing way back in 2002. Eighteen songs are included here, from the first single, the quirky-poppy “BFF!” to the piano-riddled “Apology 2,” the more complex “Every Time It’s Over,” and “No One in Particular,” which blends peppy music with saddened lyrics.

 
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