Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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4Play: Sia, The XX, The Roots, Groove Armada

Kristi Kates - August 16th, 2010
Sia - We Are Born - Hear Music
UK-via-Australia singer Sia returns with her fourth set, as produced
by Kylie Minogue collaborator Greg Kurstin; Inara George and The
Strokes’ guitarist Nick Valensi also chip in. First single “Clap Your
Hands” sets the dance-floor-friendly tracklisting in motion, alongside
other disco-ish hits “You’ve Changed” and “The Fight.” Elsewhere, Sia
shows off her balladry skills on a Madonna cover as well as her own
songs “I’m Here” and “Stop Trying” - she may have started as a simple
pop singer, but she’s gradually gaining more depth with each album.

The XX - XX - XL Recordings

The XX – ironically signed to XL Recordings for this set - blend
call-and-response male/female vocals with R&B tunes and arrangements
and ’80s synths. Have we lost you yet? It’s definitely a unique mix,
but one that works in a modern new wave way. Opening with the
obviously-titled “Intro,” the sparsely-edited instrumental flows into
the first introduction of singers Sim and Croft (not to be confused in
any way with Seals and Crofts), who proceed to shoegaze beautifully
and quirkily through songs like “Shelter,” “Basic Space,” and

The Roots - How I Got Over - Def Jam

Hip-hop pioneers and Jimmy Fallon house band The Roots have taken
their time to put together their 9th studio album, but the wait was
definitely worth it audio-wise. First single “Dear God 2.0” remakes
the Monsters of Folk song (“Dear God”) and includes contributions from
M. Ward and Conor Oberst; John Legend also shows up - twice - to
collaborate with The Roots on “The Fire” and a revamp of his own tune,
“Again,” here re-dubbed as “Doin’ It Again.” It’s a bright, funky set
with The Roots’ usual snappy arrangements and deft musicianship.

Groove Armada - Black Light - Om Records
After spending a good part of the past 10 years of their career
collaborating with everyone from Fatboy Slim to the aforementioned
Kylie Minogue, Groove Armada’s latest brings in a little pop and a
little art rock to their Eurodisco sound, via the vocals of Will Young
and Roxy Music’s Bryan Ferry, respectively. “Shameless” offers up
Ferry’s smooth vocals and some spoken-word efforts (in French, of
course), while “Fall Silent” adds a dash of The Human League via
Empire of the Sun’s Nick Littlemore, and “History” adds Will Young’s
vocals to the ’70s/’80s mix.

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