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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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Regina Spektor performs for President & guests

Kristi Kates - June 7th, 2010
Regina Spektor Performs for President and Guests
Singer-songwriter Regina Spektor performed this past weekend at the White House for President Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, and a host of prominent guests as part of the first-ever White House reception in honor of Jewish-American heritage. Spektor’s performance was especially poignant for many of the attendees, as she is a Russian-born Jewish performer who moved to the U.S. from Soviet Russia over twenty years ago. Spektor also recently dropped her fifth record, Far, and is set to embark on a European tour next month to support that very album...
Fellow singer-songwriter Damien Jurado is set to hit the road, too, on a big-time U.S. tour with Kay Kay and His Weathered Underground along as both Jurado’s backing band and opening act. Jurado’s touring in support of his upcoming album, Saint Barlett, which was released last week on Secretly Canadian Records, and which consists of twelve tunes that all began as demo songs that Jurado was mailing to a friend who was going through a difficult transitional period. Jurado’s tour dates will include stops in Milwaukee WI (6/8), Indianapolis (6/12), Cleveland (6/15), Philly (6/19), Austin TX (6/26), and Birmingham AL (6/24)...
And as most American Idol fans already know, the final results for the latest round of the singing popularity contest were passed out in a blockbuster TV presentation, with Lee DeWyze winning the rilly big shew and Crystal Bowersox serving as runner-up. Both performers were signed to Idol’s associate record labels, and will reportedly be putting out debut albums before the end of the year. DeWyze said in a recent interview that his will be influenced by the likes of Kings of Leon, Ben Harper, and Dave Matthews; while Bowersox explained that she likes to perform “simple songs that anyone can enjoy,” although she’s also an admitted fan of the, uh, slightly more complicated Alanis Morissette.

In related Idol news, departing judge Simon Cowell will be honored this week in London, England with a special BAFTA Award, which will honor his work as “one of the most brilliant entertainment producers of our time.” The jury’s out on whether or not Idol will be anywhere near as entertaining without Cowell’s forthright judgements and industry-sharp comments...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Death Cab for Cutie’s Chris Walla has started his own record label; dubbed Trans Records, the imprint will be part of Warner Music’s Independent Label Group, and Walla’s already signed his first band - Washington’s The Lonely Forest, who will go into the studio with Walla himself to record their third album this spring. Keep an eye on both Walla’s work and future potential Trans Records’ release at www.myspace.com/chriswalla...

MINI BUZZ:
Killers frontman Brandon Flowers has been working hard on his first solo album with producers Stuart Price, Daniel Lanois, and Brendan O’Brien; Flowers’ set, dubbed Flamingo, will hit stores this upcoming fall...
White Stripes fans can now snag the duo’s Under the Great White Northern Lights book without having to shell out the entire $229 for the box CD/DVD set - the book is now being sold separately for $45...
Silverstein will release their own live CD/DVD, Decade: Live at the El Mocambo, on June 8, in part to celebrate the band’s ten-year anniversary...
This year’s famed Glastonbury fest is set for June 23 through the 27th this year in the UK, and will feature headliners Muse, and Stevie Wonder, although not prior headliners U2 (who cancelled in order to allow Bono to recover from back surgery); U2 will reportedly be replaced in that headliner spot by Gorillaz...
Orbital will be releasing their first tracks in six years with a double single, set to hit stores and radio on June 20...
Liam (Oasis) Gallagher’s Pretty Green clothing label is set to welcome in fellow Brit singer Paul Weller, who is planning to design suits and jackets for the fashion line...
And these artists have designed their very own albums and are presenting them in-stores this week for your perusal... ON CD: Hanson’s Shout it Out... Crystal Castles’ Crystal Castles... Christina Aguilera’s Bionic... Ratatat’s LP4... and We Are The In Crowd’s Guaranteed to Disagree... 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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