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Letters 01-19-2014

Cancerous Costs My heart goes out to all those dealing with cancer. Sadly, I think the truth is we will never see a cure for cancer as long as treatment for cancer is so lucrative. True story: A friend had monthly cancer treatments…$8,000 per treatment for roughly 2 1/2 years.

My Favorite Opinions Betsy Coffia tackles vital but challenging local issues and does her research; her clear thinking and writing about Michigan’s stuggles with gas and oil agendas, both hidden and manipulative tactics, takes brave digging below the surface!

You Own Your Health January 29th, 2007 was the day I made the decision to lose weight and get healthy. The rules on how to do this were always in front of me but I didn’t want to listen to them. Gradually, at the rate of two pounds per month, I lost 45 pounds and have kept it off. My energy soared and a “new me” emerged from the ashes.

Dirty Money Redux Grant Parsons’ opinion piece highlights the serious issues with the recent Inman campaign. While Ms. Coffia took the high road with her campaign of “She Can’t Be Bought” — not accepting money from PAC’s, Lobbyists or Special Interest Groups, Mr. Inman decided to take the low road using substantial outside funding in the final weeks of the campaign. When I received the first negative post card against Ms. Coffia I called Mr. Inman’s campaign HQ to ask where the money was coming from - and the person answering said, “I don’t know.”

Defending Our Law Enforcement I address this note to the “cartoonist” responsible for fostering lies about law enforcement. To your readers, please look at the facts before making ignorant presumptions.

Now Who’s Ridiculing Drilling? Remember when conservatives advocated for “Drill, baby, drill?” And how the left ridiculed the idea? Hmm, the silence is deafening...


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Hometown Heros

- July 12th, 2010
Hometown heroes return with Brent James
Three of Traverse City’s top players make a swing through town next
week, backing vocalist/guitarist Brent James as members of the
ContraBand.
Bassist Jason Kott, drummer Matt Hayes and guitarist Josh Mitchell,
all veterans of a number of TC bands, joined the Nashville-based act
at its inception in 2009.
Band leader Brent James also has roots in Northern Michigan:
originally from Saginaw, he lived for a time in Lake City and served
as the lead singer for Kenny Olson’s band, The Flask. Second
guitarist Mike P hails from Detroit.
As a songwriter, James cites influences including Joe Cocker, Bruce
Springsteen and Bob Dylan,. The band is hitching its star to a new
acoustic rock tune, “Moment of Silence,” with their debut album also
in the works.
The band has opened for Papa Roach, Stone Temple Pilots, O.A.R. and
other major acts and is performing at festivals across the eastern
U.S. this summer. They’ll make a swing through Traverse City on
Monday, July 19 for a 10 p.m. performance at Union Street Station.
 
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