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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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Best New Band: FunDubMentals

Rick Coates - March 29th, 2010
“Best New Band” the FunDubMentals
By Rick Coates
Sometimes great bands come together when its members are not looking
to form a band. That was the case with the FunDubMentals, the Traverse
City based Reggae/Ska /Dub band that took home our Readers Poll honors
for “Best New Band.” While this was good news in the FunDubMentals
camp, the better news came a week earlier when band member Marc
Alderman was told he would be able to return home.
On December 2, 2009 Marc Alderman was involved in a three car accident
near Interlochen. A driver crossed the yellow line, crashing head-on
into Alderman leaving him in serious condition with a broken femur,
shattered knee, shattered ball socket in his ankle, a broken arm and a
broken pelvis, along with several broken bones in his hands. A woman
who stopped to assist Alderman was struck by another vehicle and killed.
Marc spent one month in intensive care in the hospital and another two
and half months in a long-term care facility before receiving the news
that he could return home to continue his recovery.
“First I want to say that I am very humble, thankful and grateful for
the out pouring everyone extended to me and Dede (his wife and band
mate),” said Marc. “The road to recovery is a long one and the fact
that so many have been so helpful has made it easier.”
The Alderman’s have been givers to the Northern Michigan community
donating their time and talents to many causes and music events. Dede
teaches percussion at Marshall Music in Traverse City.
So does Marc Alderman plan to return to the stage?
“Yes, right now we are scheduled to play the Island Music Festival on
June 19 in Kalamazoo,” said Marc. “We might play a warm up show prior
to that at the Loading Dock, we will see how I am doing.”
For Dede, she chuckles a little bit about the Best New Band honors.
“We formed three years ago, but we pretty much gigged downstate for
the first year before we started playing local,” said Dede. “I’m not
sure if we played Radius Recording first or the Loading Dock but it
was about two years ago for our first show in the area. Our first ever
public show was three years ago at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor.”
Marc recalls they never really ever planned to perform out in public
in the first place.
“We started as a group of musicians who got together weekly for what
we called a Sunday Dub (Dub is a type of Reggae style) at our place,”
said Marc. “Well the weekly jam was the same four or five players so
we decided to put together a band.
The band still has the original line up: Sean Dye on guitar, Nick
“Tree” VanderMolen on bass, keyboardist Jack Fivecoate, Dede Alderman
on Vibraphones and Marc Alderman on drums.
“What I like is everyone in the group is a songwriter and I think that
makes for a better dynamic than when just one or two members are the
songwriters,” said Marc. “Everyone also has other musical projects so
we stay energized when we come together as FunDubMentals.”
The band has a self titled EP out and plans are in the works for a CD
in the future. To hear a sampling of their music and to keep tabs on
future gigs in the region go to myspace.com/fundubmentals.




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