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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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This summer‘s Rothbury Fest not happening

Kristi Kates - February 15th, 2010
This Summer’s Rothbury Fest Not Happening
As Rolling Stone quoted last week, “Rothbury is not the new Bonnaroo,” as evidenced by the fact that the 2010 rendition of the newbie Michigan music fest has already been canceled. The official announcement from the Rothbury folks blames “the recording and touring schedules of various artists” for the cancellation, saying that the scheduling conflicts made it impossible for Rothbury to secure a “worthwhile” lineup. That excuse seems a little thin, since other summer music festivals seem to be doing just fine rounding up top-notch rosters of bands and performers (we’re thinking that the economy has a lot more to do with Rothbury’s demise.) But regardless, no Rothbury this year, so save your bucks for Chicago’s Lollapalooza fest and the usual plethora of local outdoor events...
In other festival news, the Strokes have announced their first live show in over three years, and it’ll be a big one, too - they’re taking over the Saturday night headline spot at the UK’s famed Isle of Wight Festival on June 11th through the 13th. They won’t be the only American (or NYC) band on the bill - both Jay-Z and Blondie are also scheduled to perform. Other artists set for the fest include Squeeze and Orbital...
Back stateside, modern rockers Green Day are launching their very own version of the Rock band videogame; Green Day: Rock Band is set for release later this year, and will allow players to rock along with the rock-punk trio’s 22 years’ worth of songs via Playstation 3, Wii, and XBox 360. Green Day themselves, of course, will appear as avatars. In other Green Day news, the band have announced that they’ll be heading overseas again for a UK tour in June 2010...
Canadian band Wintersleep, who hail from Halifax in Nova Scotia, have nearly wrapped work on their latest album, which they recently announced will likely hit stores in May. The band, who have yet to pick a title for the new set, are recording at Glasgow, Scotland’s Castle of Doom studio, and are probably completing the mixing stages of the album as you read this. If you’re just too impatient to wait until spring to hear new sounds from the Wintersleep bandmates, check out the new Postdata release from Wintersleep’s Paul Murphy and his brother Michael Murphy, now available through Sonic Records...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Just looking for a little love this Valentine’s Day? Angels and Airwaves can oblige - their third studio album, aptly titled Love, will be released on Valentine’s Day, and it’s even free. Blink-182 guitarist/Angels and Airwaves member Tom DeLonge produced the album, which he says is more progressive-rock influence than previous A and A efforts; snag the disc and a preview single at http://modlife.com/angelsandairwaves...

MINI BUZZ:
Grand Analog had a great 2009, with their songs being picked up by a number of TV shows and their live shows hitting the likes of the CMJ fest; this year, they’ll continue their streak with a series of tour dates, including Canadian stops in Kitchener, Ontario (2/20) and Vancouver BC (2/25)...
If you’re in the mood for an early spring road trip, consider Knoxville, Tennessee’s Big Ears Festival, taking place this year March 26th through the 28th; the event will feature sets from the likes of Vampire Weekend, St. Vincent, Javelin, Nico Muhly, DJ/Rupture, and more...
The Rolling Stones are planning a tour for this year, but it may not include guitarist Ronnie Wood, whose alcoholism issues may prevent the band from getting tour insurance...
Singer-songwriter Carly Simon is booking a series of European concert dates for 2010, the first time she’ll perform in Europe, to promote Never Been Gone, her latest album that features new arrangements of some of Simon’s biggest hits...
The first murmurs about the newest album from The Goo Goo Dolls are starting, with their latest set, Something for the Rest of Us, now due this spring...
And a new album from Bryan Ferry can be expected this year, too; it will feature guest appearances from Radiohead’s Jonny Greenwood as well as Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea...

ON CD: Field Music’s (Measure)... James Otto’s James Otto... The Game’s The Red Album... and Massive Attack’s Heligoland... ON DVD: New Kids on the Block: Coming Home ... 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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