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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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4Play: Glee Cast, Goo Goo Dolls, Level42, The Maine

Kristi Kates - November 1st, 2010
Glee Cast - Glee: The Music Volume 3: Showstoppers - Columbia
“Gleeksters,” as fans of this TV show are called, have already - along with, surprisingly, a whole lot of other folks - snapped up the first two volumes of cover songs as performed by the Glee cast - so what’s to stop the success of a third volume, in all its campy pop glory? A wider range of the show’s cast is included here than on previous sets, from Amber Riley’s take on Christina Aguilera’s “Beautiful” to Mark Salling’s “Lady is a Tramp.” There are group numbers, too - Glee’s trek through Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance” and Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse of the Heart” - plus guest tunes from Olivia Newton-John and Broadway’s Kristen Chenoweth.


Goo Goo Dolls - Something for the Rest of Us - Warner Bros.
Recorded in several studios in Los Angeles plus the Goo’s own studio in Buffalo, New York, with producers Tim Palmer, Butch Vig (Garbage), and John Fields, the Goo Goo Dolls’ latest effort was written and recorded at leisure over the past few years, with main songwriter John Rzeznik aiming to bring positivity - albeit through some fairly treadworn metaphors - to those struggling through the current rough economic climate. The title track stays fairly mainstream if catchy, while “Notbroken,” “Say You’re Free,” and “Soldier” wrap up the set with the big-chorused, Bon-Jovi-lite rock anthems that the band’s known for.


Level 42 - Living It Up - Hip-O Records
“Something About You” was Level 42’s big hit in the ‘80s, and it was something about that particular song that rendered the band a one-hit
wonder for the most part. That’s unfortunate, as the rest of their back catalog includes some well-written and arranged tracks, including “Lessons in Love” and “World Machine (Remix),” the latter of which was only released in the U.S. This 30th-anniversary set includes all of the band’s A-side singles plus some extras, and an additional new disc recorded in 2010 by singer Mark King and keyboardist Mike Lindup featuring acoustic versions of 10 of the band’s songs.





The Maine - Black and White - Sire/WEA
All American Rejects/My Chemical Romance producer Howard Benson took over the boards for this California band’s latest effort, which sees the band focusing on crafting a more cohesive, directed album than previous sets. Heavy pop tunes stay hook-laden while offering a more hefty sensibility, reminiscent of the aforementioned Goo Goo Dolls. “Growing Up” stacks its musical layers in gradually, from acoustic guitar onward; “Fuel to the Fire” and “Listen to Your Heart” and the aforementioned “Growing Up” all add life lessons - albeit ones you probably already know - into the mix.
 
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