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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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4Play: Dixie Chicks, Steve Winwood, Art Garfunkel, Rod Stewart

Kristi Kates - June 21st, 2010
Dixie Chicks - The Very Best of Dixie Chicks - Playlist
Although non-country music fans can be quick to consider the Chicks a
typical country-music cliche, this trio is actually more pop than one
might expect, albeit pop festooned with Western-folk harmonies. The
trio’s political expressions and sensitive lyrics also take them miles
away from what most expect of country music, collected here from the
soaring visualizations of “Wide Open Spaces” to the determined
approach of “The Long Way Around,” the ode-to-a-devoted-boyfriend
“Easy Silence,” and the feisty stance of “Not Ready to Make Nice.”


Stevie Winwood - Revolutions: The Very Best of Steve Winwood - Island

With tunes personally selected by Winwood himself, this set showcases
his solo work from the ’70s forward, 50 years in all of songs. There
are plenty you’ll recognize, if you’ve ever either seen a Blues
Brothers film or been in a restaurant with a jukebox, among them
“Gimme Some Lovin’,” “Higher Love,” and “Roll With It,” the first two
of which snagged the singer Grammy Awards. The album also includes a
re-recorded version of Winwood’s popular “Spanish Dancer,” very likely
in pre-promotion for his tour dates this summer with Santana.



Art Garfunkel - The Very Best of Art Garfunkel - Playlist

The Very Best... of Art does include most of the best-known tracks by
the less-lauded member of Simon and Garfunkel, who is, of course, a
skilled songwriter and performer in his own right. AM Radio staple “I
Only Have Eyes for You” shares space here with Garfunkel’s James
Taylor duet (“Crying in the Rain”), the retro-flute-bedecked “Bright
Eyes,” and his traditional revamp of “Barbara Allen.” Garfunkel’s 1974
staple “Second Avenue” is oddly missing, but it’s still a good overall
compilation from an underrated artist.



Rod Stewart - The Story So Far: The Very Best of Rod Stewart Remastered - Warner

The pop/rock swagger of Stewart holds up well on this sampler, which
is essentially a distillation of Rod’s biggest radio hits. His earlier
tracks (“Maggie May”) contrast with the more arena-rock lighter-waving
tunes (“You’re in My Heart”), and the more sentimental, mellow tracks
of his later career (“Downtown Train,” “Have I Told You Lately,” “This
Old Heart of Mine.”) The Storyteller: The Complete Anthology box set
is a more complete overview, as this one is missing anything even
remotely obscure, but it’s still a decent overview.

 
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