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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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U2 to perform in East Lansing & Chicago

Kristi Kates - April 19th, 2010
U2 To Perform in East Lansing and Chicago
U2’s 360 World Tour is returning to North America this June, and the band has selected a plethora of opening acts to support their many shows. Lenny Kravitz will be first up, supporting 360 concerts in Salt Lake City (6/3), Denver (6/12), and Anaheim, California (6/6); The Fray will take on shows in Seattle (6/20), Edmonton (6/23), and Oakland, California (6/16); and Interpol will open the evenings in Toronto (7/3), Chicago (7/6), Miami (7/9), Philly (7/12), Minneapolis (6/27), and East Lansing, Michigan (6/30.) U2 will head back over to Europe in August, where they’ll play additional dates in Germany, Finland, Greece, Turkey, Italy, and Spain, among other destinations...
The rustic-sounding (but actually quite hipster) inaugural Truck America Festival has been scheduled for April 30 to May 2 at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, New York; the fest, which is the American sister event to Oxfordshire, UK’s Truck Festival, has already snagged White Rabbits, Mercury Rev, Neil Halstead, Hopewell, and The Joy Formidable for its show lineup...
Bombay Bicycle Club, whose latest album is 2009’s I Had the Blues But I Shook Them Loose, are currently whipping together a quick acoustic album that they plan to offer up in May or June of this year. Guitarist Jamie MacColl says that the band are simultaneously working on their next full-length proper/regular studio album, too, for which they’re still seeking a producer...
And former Morcheeba vocalist Skye - aka Shirley Klarise Yonavive Edwards - is set to rejoin the band she helped make famous. She just performed with them for the first time since 2003 at Switzerland’s Caprices Festival last week, and is also working again with the band in the studio on a new Morcheeba album. The album, which is currently untitled, is due for release this summer...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Broken Social Scene are offering up a free MP3 from their fourth studio album - namely, the over-six-minute-long “World Sick” track, which you can download at www.brokensocialscene.ca. The band’s album, tentatively titled Forgiveness Rock Record, is due in-stores on May 4...

MINI BUZZ:
Los Campesinos! are promoting their own newest album, Romance is Boring, with both North American and European tour dates this spring...
Jose Gonzalez is reforming his band Juniper with Tobias Winterkorn and Elias Araya, with an album expected later this year...
James Lavelle and Pablo Clements - better known as UNKLE - are dropping their latest electronica/hip-hop/psychedelia album, Where Did the Night Fall, on May 10; the set will include appearances from Autolux, The Black Angels, and Screaming Trees’ Mark Lanegan...
Sonic Youth drummer Steve Shelley is working with Ministry band member Chris Connely on a new band that they’ve dubbed The High Confessions...
Japandroids have announced that they’ve just started releasing a new series of singles for 2010, with each single set to contain a previously unreleased tune plus a Japandroids cover of various songs that influenced them as a band...
And Sigur Ros member Jonsi will promote his new solo album, Go, with a series of North American tour dates, including stops in Denver (4/21), Minneapolis (4/24 and 4/25), Chicago (4/28), Toronto (5/1 and 5/2), and NYC (5/8 and 5/9)...
ON CD: Disappears’ Lux... BoDeans’ Mr. Sad Clown... Peter Wolf’s Midnight Souvenirs... Monster Movie’s Everyone is a Ghost... Sevendust’s Cold Day Memory... and Flying Lotus’ Cosmogramma... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your favorite musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com


 
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