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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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4Play: White Stripes, Slash, Jakob Dylan, Peter Wolf

Kristi Kates - May 10th, 2010
White Stripes - Under Great Northern Lights- Warner Bros.
Recorded while Jack and Meg White undertook an ambitious tour across every province and territory in Canada, this album is the audio accompaniment to the film of the same name, capturing the Stripes’ emotional performances on all levels, from bowling alley sets to legendary theater venues. You’ll get familiar and more obscure tracks, from “Seven Nation Army” through “Icky Thump,” all presented with the powerful dual attack that this duo is capable of, and that’s less frequently captured on more controlled, sterile studio recordings.





Slash - Slash - DHR
Also pulling in more than a few guest musicians, former Guns ‘N Roses lead guitarist Slash sets the pace with his distinctive guitar stylings, while collaborating on a range of rock songs for his first solo (well, kinda solo) album. While Slash did most of the songwriting and arranging, his duties, surprisingly, are mostly as album mastermind and guitarist, while his pals take the spotlight, from The Cult’s Ian Astbury (“Ghost”) to Iggy Pop (“We’re All Gonna Die”) to Fergie (“Beautiful Dangerous”) and Soundgarden’s singer-gone solo Chris Cornell (“Promise”.)





Jakob Dylan - Women and Country - Sony
Following his work with The Wallflowers, frontman Jakob Dylan struck out on his own, stepping out from behind the shadows of both his band and his famed father (yes, Bob.) Now on his sophomore set, he enlists Grammy winner T Bone Burnett on production and shares mics with such guest vocalists as Neko Case and Kelly Hogan. Dylan’s own gravelly tones stay grounded yet are beautifully melodic on tracks like the jazz-inflected “Lend a Hand,” the ‘70s-esque “Smile...” and the instant classic ballad “Nothing But the Whole Wide World.”




Peter Wolf - Midnight Souvenirs - Verve
Wolf’s seventh studio set stays in his usual vein of storytelling songs that rely on the details as much as the melodies to get across their tales of woe and/or romance. This time around, Wolf sounds a little more hopeful then before as he duets with the likes of Shelby Lynne, Neko Case (again), and Merle Haggard on songs like the country-blues lament “Tragedy,” the rootsy “Overnight Lows,” and the encouraging “There’s Still Time.” As for Haggard, “It’s Too Late For Me” finds the two music veterans commisserating through the blues.

 
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