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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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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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