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Doctor Dan? After several email conversations with Rep. Benishek, he has confirmed that he doesn’t have a clue of what he does. Here’s why...

In Favor Of Our Parks [Traverse] City Proposal 1 is a creative way to improve our city parks without using our tax dollars. By using a small portion of our oil and gas royalties from the Brown Bridge Trust Fund, our parks can be improved for our children and grandchildren.

From January 1970 Popular Mechanics: “Drastic climate changes will occur within the next 50 years if the use of fossil fuels keeps rising at current rates.” That warning comes from Eugene K. Peterson of the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Land Management.

Newcomers Might Leave: Recently we had guests from India who came over as students with the plan to stay in America. He has a master’s degree in engineering and she is doing her residency in Chicago and plans to specialize in oncology. They talked very candidly about American politics and said that after observing...

Someone Is You: On Sept 21, I joined the 400,000 who took to the streets of New York in the People’s Climate March, followed by a UN Climate Summit and many speeches. On October 13, the Pentagon issued a report calling climate change a significant threat to national security requiring immediate action. How do we move from marches, speeches and reports to meaningful work on this problem? In NYC I read a sign with a simple answer...

Necessary To Pay: Last fall, Grand Traverse voters authorized a new tax to fix roads. It is good, it is necessary.

The Real Reasons for Wolf Hunt: I have really been surprised that no one has been commenting on the true reason for the wolf hunt. All this effort has not been expended so 23 wolves can be killed each year. Instead this manufactured controversy about the wolf hunt has been very carefully crafted to get Proposal 14-2 passed.

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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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