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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Rick Coates - February 15th, 2010
Troubled waters no problem for Puddle of Mudd
By Rick Coates
When Puddle of Mudd takes the stage Friday night at Ground Zero
Nightclub in Traverse City it will be a reunion of a couple of
survivors. POM performed to a sold-out crowd three years ago at Ground
Zero and both the band and the club have found a way to survive the
challenges they have faced.
For Ground Zero (Streeter’s/Terminal) it was the departure of Doug
Street, who in December of 2008, sold the club to pursue interests in
Grand Rapids. Street has returned and the ailing club is back on its
feet with packed houses for college night on Thursdays and ladies
night on Saturdays. In addition, Street has put together an impressive
concert line-up that starts with POM Friday, February 19, and has
Uncle Kracker in March. Street is currently in negotiations with other
additional acts, including major rock and country stars and plans to
announce new shows soon.
POM is getting ready to celebrate their 10th anniversary this year.
Though the lineup has changed a few times over the years, the current
group includes founder and frontman Wes Scantlin along with bassist
Douglas Ardito and guitarist Paul Phillips who rejoined the band last
year after a four-year hiatus. Both Ardito and Phillips were with POM
in 2000 when Scantlin reformed the band and both were instrumental in
the group’s debut CD Come Clean that boasted four number-one hits.

“We are definitely survivors,” said Phillips. “Bands are a mix of
business, relationships and friendships and there are a lot of
personalities involved. It is not always an easy business. We have had
some separations and some challenges, but after 10 years we are still
here and we owe it to our fans.”
POM is currently out in support of their fourth studio set Volume 4:
Songs In The Key Of Love & Hate, released in December. Their first
single of the new album “Spaceship” is currently charting, giving them
four consecutive albums with hit songs.
“It’s easy and predictable to say I’m most proud of this record,” said
Scantlin, “But I think it’s more appropriate to say I’m most proud of
what we’ve accomplished as a band to this point.”
Phillips agrees.
“I think our success lies in the fact that we have remained true to
who POM is artistically,” said Phillips. “Sure we could have headed in
a different direction -- even tried a concept album -- but do our fans
really want that? I don’t think so. They want our songs to sound like
POM songs. Look, you are working hard and money is tight and you lay
down cash to see us perform. You want us, not some concept.”

Both Phillips and Scantlin are grateful for the fans keeping them going.
“The business has changed so much, don’t even get me started,” said
Phillips. “One million CD sales is the new five million today. Record
labels are like graveyards and ghost towns. The business model has
changed and you have to change with it. It means being out on the road
and making your money on the road. I am not complaining -- I love
being on the road and I am grateful to be performing.”
Scantlin agrees and sees their approach and connection to their fan
base as the key to their future.
“We’ve not only navigated the minefield successfully, but we’ve laid
our own on the battlefield that is this business,” said Scantlin. “As
self-sufficient as ever, we virtually depend on the fans to come
through for us - and because of that, this band is built for the
Despite tough economic times in the country and the music industry,
POM is seeing some sign that things are getting better.
“Shows are selling out not just for us but others,” said Phillips. “I
think people are sick and tired of this crappy economy and they are
looking to blow off some steam and a high energy concert is a great
way to do that.”
Doug Street is seeing the same thing.
“Advanced ticket sales have been great and we are nearing sell out,”
said Street. “I am seeing and hearing a lot of enthusiasm for live
shows from my customers.”

POM brings an arsenal of ear-friendly songs including “She Hates Me,”
“Drift & Die,” “Blurry,” and “Away From Me,” all were number one hits
in a 14-month span back in 2002-03. In 2007 they hit the charts again
with “Famous” and the number one hit “Psycho.” They will be joined by
CAVO whose hit song Champagne hit the top of the charts in 2009.
Doors open at 7 pm on Friday with music starting at 8 pm. Tickets may
be purchased online at www.groundzeroonline.com or by calling

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