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Letters 12-14-2014

Come Together There is a time-honored war strategy known as “divide and conquer,” and never has it been more effective than now. The enemy is using it against us through television, internet and other social media. I opened a Facebook account a couple of years back to gain more entries in local contests. Since then I had fallen under its spell; I rushed into judgment on several social issues based on information found on those pages

Quiet The Phones! This weekend we attended two beautiful Christmas musical events and the enjoyment of both were significantly diminished by self-absorbed boors holding their stupid iPhones high overhead to capture extremely crucial and highly needed photos. We too own iPhones, but during a public concert we possess the decency and manners to leave them turned off and/or at home. Today’s performance, the annual Messiah Sing at Traverse City’s Central Methodist Church, was a new low: we watched as Mr. Self-Absorbed not only took several photos but then afterwards immediately posted them to his Facebook page. We were dumbfounded.

A Torturous Defense In defense of the C.I.A.’s use of torture in a mostly fruitless search for vital information, some suggest that the dire situation facing us after 9-11, justified the use of torture even at the expense of the potential loss of much of our nation’s moral authority.

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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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