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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Kristi Kates - October 18th, 2010
Trapt Without Apology: Live in TC
By Kristi Kates
“The name ‘Trapt’ came from feeling like you’re trapped by authority
figures,” Trapt bassist Peter Charell explains, “and kind of morphed
into being trapped by personal issues as well.”
Makes sense for a band who began their career as teens and have
morphed into one of today’s most emotionally-driven alt-metal bands.
Formed in California in 1997, Trapt – which today consists of Charell,
lead singer Chris Taylor Brown, guitarist Robb Torres, and drummer
Monty Montgomery – met in high school (albeit in a different
configuration), and have released four studio albums to date: 2002’s
Trapt, 2005’s Someone in Control, 2008’s Only Through the Pain, and
their current set, No Apologies, which was just released October 12.
Recorded with Grammy-nominated producer Johnny K, aka John Karkazis
(who’s also worked with the likes of 3 Doors Down, Plain White Ts, and
Sevendust), the new album, according to Charell, took about two months
to record, and was a fairly painless process.
“I particularly enjoyed it (the recording sessions) this time around
because the studio we recorded at was only 20 minutes from my house,”
Charell says, “we finished up all the tracking in Chicago, which is a
fun city to hang out in. The whole experience seemed to go pretty
easily, and I don’t remember any moments that I didn’t enjoy.”
Johnny K, himself, was also a pivotal part of Trapt’s team for this album.
“It was great working with Johnny K,” Charell confirms. “I think he
was really able to bring out the best in us and push us to do what we
do best.”

What Trapt does best, of course, is their own brand of metal-infused,
heavy alt-rock music - and their own methods of promoting it.
No Apologies’ first single, “Sound Off,” was released on July 20, and
was followed by a free single, “Stranger in the Mirror,” that was
offered via the band’s Facebook page.
Continuing their embrace of today’s internet promo methods, they chose
September to release several listenable songs via their own official
website, and placed the whole album online for streaming prior to its
release date of October 12. Fans who pre-ordered the album from the
band’s official site also got to snag a bonus tune, “Head Up High,”
compliments of the band. This complex release method might run
directly in the face of old-school record-label procedures - but it
also goes along with the theme of the album itself.
“The theme behind the title “No Apologies” is to not look back and be
who you are regardless of what other people think,” Charell says.
Part of what their Northern Michigan fans think is that they wish
Trapt would perform in the region more often – and they’re about to
get that wish. The band is set to hit TC’s Ground Zero on October 22,
with plenty of music in tow.
“Yes, Traverse City can expect a few new songs from us,” Charell says,
“it’s great to be out on the road again. The tour we are on is great,
and it’s exciting to see all of our fans again.”

Trapt will be performing at Ground Zero on Friday, October 22, with
special guests Critical Bill and Fallback Theory. Advance tix are $15
plus $3 handling charge at

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