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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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Otep Aims to Unleash Madness and Genius in TC

Andy Taylor - August 19th, 2004
Streeter’s Ground Zero will host the heaviest night of music that Northern Michigan will hear in the summer of 2004 on Friday, August 20. Headliners Hatebreed will be bringing the core of that sound, and their friends in Otep, DevilDriver and Throwdown will also be appearing.
Otep is one of the highlights of the heavy rock show, and the band features something rather unusual in the realm of hard music: a female vocalist.
“Once I broke through the gates, it became a lonely place not only because of my gender, but the overall environment,” vocalist Otep Shamaya says. She fancies herself a poet and says that she is a conductor for the muses.
On Otep’s current album “House of Secrets,” the band decided to record with producer Greg Wells, who has produced for the Deftones and Michelle Branch. “For this record I wanted to conspire with a really creative producer who not only could write music but was willing to test the limits of it. I met Greg and within five minutes I knew I wanted to work with him... and it’s been the best creative experience I’ve ever had,” Otep says.
According to the band, “House of Secrets” is even louder, angrier and more aggressive than Otep’s debut “Sevas Tra,” but at the same time it is also more inventive. “I wanted extremes on both ends; I wanted to unleash madness and genius; I wanted to challenge right now, who I am at this moment, at this time. For art to be successful you have to make yourself vulnerable. In this industry lots of people are afraid to be thought of as weak; my only fear is not being creative,” Otep says.
Tickets for the show can be purchased at Streeter’s or at Square Deal Country Store for $15, and only those 18 and up gain entrance with proper ID.
Hatebreed’s latest release is “The Rise of Brutality,” while DevilDriver (featuring Dez Fafara, formerly of Coal Chamber) is touring behind their debut self-titled album and Throwdown’s newest is “Haymaker.” All four of the bands are currently touring with Ozzfest and have been given slots on the second stage, but will be taking a day off from the festival to appear in Traverse City.
 
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