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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: Various Artists, Suzanne Vega, Sarah McLachlin, Cowboy Junkies

Kristi Kates - July 12th, 2010
Various Artists - Lilith 2010 - Arista
Lilith Fair, the female-centric concert tour that hasn’t been active
in a decade, is now back and running this year, with over three dozen
U.S. dates. Much like the Lilith of yore, Canadian musician Sarah
McLachlan serves as headliner; the other acts rotate depending on the
city. Among them, the musicians included in this compilation album;
Dixie Chicks side project Court Yard Hounds (“The Coast”), jazz
standout Norah Jones, and singer-songwriters Brandi Carlile and
Corinne Bailey Rae (“Dreams” and “The Blackest Lily,” respectively.)





Suzanne Vega - Close-Up Vol. 1, Love Songs - Razor and Tie
It’s an astonishing 25 years into her career, and Suzanne Vega barely
shows it. The singer-songwriter, who’s notched over seven mil in album
sales, is taking on a fresh new approach to her own music in four
thematic albums that will be released in 2010/2011. This first takes
some of her most relationship-centric songs and deconstructs them to
their near-acoustic properties, proving that her songwriting on tracks
like “Caramel,” “(I’ll Never Be) Your Maggie May,” “Marlene on the
Wall,” and “Gypsy” still stands strong.




Sarah McLachlan - Laws of Illusion - Arista
One of Canada’s most popular musical exports, singer-songwriter
McLachlan’s voice and piano work are as striking as ever on her latest
full-length, which arrives seven years after her last. McLachlan’s
gone through a lot of personal turmoil since then, unfortunately; some
of which she beautifully channels through her songs, from the
bittersweetness of “Loving You Is Easy” to the sadness of “Heartbreak”
and the fragile melody of “Forgiveness.” “One Dream,” the pretty
inspirational number she crafted for the 2009 Olympics, is also
included here.



Cowboy Junkies - Renmin Park - Razor and Tie
Another Canadian export anchored by siblings Margo, Michael, and Peter
Timmins, this band got some of their first early breaks opening for U2
on tour. Far more introspective than the bombastic Irish rockers, the
Junkies create far more mellow music, too, although the emotions
behind the songs are comparative to U2’s level of intensity. On Renmin
Park, a fictional story is told of a doomed romance, enhanced by
Michael Timmins’ recent trip to China, which inflects the band’s
compositions with Asian field recordings and Eastern complexities.

 
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