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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Three can‘t miss shows

- October 5th, 2009
3 Can’t-Miss Shows
10/5/09
Umphrey’s McGee brings on jam band sounds
A band has just got to be great to justify a weird name like Umphrey’s McGee, and word has it that the jam band from South Bend, Indiana delivers the goods.
According to their bio: “The band shuttles between styles with precision, from straight-up pop and rock to jazz, prog-metal, and classical. If you can name it, chances are Umphrey’s can play it.”
Drawn from students at the University of Notre Dame, the six-member band got its start playing college audiences in the late-’90s and were soon hailed as heirs to the Phish legacy. Through the years, they’ve been the toast of Rolling Stone magazine (as featured in the “Hot” issue), Blender, Billboard and other publications. The Washington Post named the band “rock’s undisputed lord of sonic shape-shifting.”
The band has appeared at both the Lollapalooza and Bonnaroo festivals. Currently, they’re promoting their 2007 album, Safety in Numbers - a double album that includes an acoustic and electric disc.
The band performs this Wednesday, Oct. 7 at the City Opera House in Traverse City, with the Macpodz opening the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 advance, $30 on the day of the show. Info: www.porterhouseproductions.com

Rains pours on the stories

Also from Indiana is Rains, headed up by tattoo artist Jeff Rains, who says his music is about “telling stories about dreams and friendship to failure and abuse.
Hailing from Fort Wayne, Jeff’s five-piece band includes his wife and brother. The act has been playing sold-out shows around the Midwest, including a prior appearance at The Terminal in TC. Musically, expect power-pop and modern rock sounds from tunes like “Hurricane” and “Look in My Eyes.” In fact, the band sounds eerily like The Verve Pipe, a ‘90s regional band that also specialized in “telling stories,” most notably with their hit, “The Freshmen,” about teen suicide.
Rains performs Saturday, Oct. 10 at The Terminal in TC in a free show for those 21 and up, with a $10 charge for those aged 18-20. See www.theterminaltc.com for info.

The Red Elvises bring Moscow rock
Back for their annual pilgrimage to Traverse City, The Red Elvises are a Russian/American band that kicks out a hard rock sound, along with surf-punk, rockabilly, reggae and corny lounge music -- always with a grin and a wink.
With songs like “Drinking With Jesus,” “I Wanna See You Bellydance” and “Twist Like Uma Thurman” along with a jumbo balalaika/bass guitar, the band treads ironic territory similar to that of The Electric Six.
The band is the brainchild of Igor Yuzov and Oleg Bernov, two Russians who were living in Los Angeles in 1995. Initially, they performed as street musicians at the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica.
Band members came and went through the years in a mix of Russian/American solidarity. In 1999 and 2002, the band released CDs in the Russian language, which went over well in their home country. Today, they perform in Russia every summer, employing a different lineup of Russian musicians. And every fall you’ll find them at Union Street Station in TC, with the upcoming show on Sunday, Oct. 11. Tickets are $20 advance, $25 at the door.
 
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