Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Kristi Kates - May 6th, 2004
It‘s a Match
Matchbox Twenty will drop a new double DVD on May 25th - *Show: A Night in the Life of Matchbox Twenty* will spotlight the band‘s June 28th, 2003 show at Atlanta, Georgia‘s Philips arena.  It‘s not just a concert DVD, though - the 3 1/2 hours of content also include a 50-minute documentary, an extensive photo gallery, and a multiple camera angles setup for two of the tracks.  The 20 songs included in the live performance portion of the disc feature all of Matchbox Twenty‘s big hits, from early singles “Push“ and “3 A.M.“ to the more recent tracks “Disease“ and “Unwell“...
Another new DVD coming out soon chronicles punk‘s longest running tour to date - namely the Vans Warped Tour.  Following the tour‘s 2003 trek, the DVD compiles footage of performances from Pennywise, Rancid, the Ataris, the Used, Sum 41, Less Than Jake, and Simple Plan, among others.  The disc also includes behind-the-scenes footage, from an hour‘s worth of interviews with both the musicians and tour personnel to a photo gallery and artwork from Robert Williams, the artist who is perhaps best known for creating the cover art for Guns N‘Roses *Appetite For Destruction* album.  Set to hit stores on June 22nd, this should hold Warped Tour fans over until this year‘s Warped event kicks off on June 25th in Houston, Texas, complete with New Found Glory, Good Charlotte, and Thursday...
This may come as a surprise to many Modern Rock readers, but actress Minnie Driver has a second hidden talent up her sleeve - she‘s been playing guitar, singing, and writing songs for over 10 years (at age 15 she was the lead singer/guitarist in the all girl punk band “The Drunk Sluts“) and is now set to release her debut solo album on indie singer-songwriter Pete Yorn‘s Trampoline Records.  Driver, whose influences are said to include Gillian Welch, Eddie Vedder, and Johnny Cash, mixes up acoustic guitar tracks with more “vibe-y“ bass lines on her tracks;  other musician friends who appear on her album are guitarist Marc Dauer and Wallflowers‘ keyboardist Rami Jaffee.  The first single, “Everything In My Pocket,“ can be heard both on Driver‘s own disc and on Trampoline Records‘ latest complilation, *Trampoline Records Greatest Hits Vol. II*.  She can also be heard singing in her current film, “Ella Enchanted,“ and in the new film version of “Phantom of the Opera,“ which is due out next winter...
And, in more “not what you‘d expect“ news, you might want to keep an eye out for the Mazzy Star-meets-Courtney Love sound of the new band Becky - they‘ve only been together for about three months, but are reportedly tearing up L.A. with their live shows and rapidly growing fan base.  So what makes Becky stand out?  Well, admittedly, they do have some great songs, but chances are a lot of their initial press coverage has been due to the fact that their lead singer is Rebecca Lord, one of the housemates from MTV‘s *The Real World: Seattle* show - and their bass player is Keanu Reeves.  No word yet on when their debut album will be out (you can download Becky songs in the meantime from their website, www.beckyband.com) but we‘ll keep you updated...
Atlanta, Georgia‘s Music Midtown Festival is set for the beginning of May, with scheduled acts including Courtney Love, Foo Fighters, Gary Jules, The Strokes, and Wyclef Jean...
This year‘s MTV Movie Awards will take place on June 5th and will be broadcast on June 10th on MTV, with film nominees including *Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl; The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King; The Last Samurai; Lost in Translation; Finding Nemo; X2: X-Men United;* and *50 First Dates.*  “Best Dance Sequence* is the show‘s newest award category...
Former Smiths frontman-turned-solo artist Morrissey has booked three London appearances as part of the Meltdown Festival, where he‘ll be appearing at the Royal Festival Hall on June 11th, 12th, and 26th...
Jet, who have just wrapped a tour opening for fellow Aussies The Vines, are now back in their homeland of Australia, kicking new songs around for what will be their upcoming second album...
The Beastie Boys‘ new album is set to drop this summer - the Boys‘ latest, titled *To The Five Boroughs,* is a musical salute to their hometown of New York City;  the disc‘s first single is slated to be “Ch-Check It Out“...
And The Corrs have snagged a May 25th release date for their next album *Borrowed Heaven;*  The Corrs also plan to tour the U.S. in the fall...
ON CD:  Cutting Crew releases *The Best of Cutting Crew*... The Alarm drop their already critically-acclaimed *In The Poppy Fields*... Blue Rodeo releases *Greatest Hits Vol. 1*... A Perfect Circle offers up *Mer De Noms*... Lenny Kravitz presents *Baptism*... and Juliana Hatfield releases *In Exile Deo*...  ON DVD:  *Devo: Live*... *Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - The Videos*... X (Japan) - *Best*... and Music In High Places presents *The deftones Live in Hawaii*... and that‘s the buzz for this week‘s Modern Rock.
*Questions, comments, rants, raves about your fave artists or this column?  Send ‘em to Kristi at expressmodernrock@hotmail.com!*

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