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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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Winter music

Jack Pine - December 6th, 2010
Winter Music: Familiar faces join newcomers for sounds of the season
By Jack Pine
While others are singing “Let it Snow, Let it Snow,” and waxing their
skis, I  am mumbling to myself the lines of “In the Bleak Midwinter”
and thinking, “Now there’s a Christmas carol written for me.” Perhaps
I’d be wise to put up something of a fight, get into my car, scrape
the ice off the window, turn on the defroster and see a Northern
Michigan concert or two.
Following are some highlights for the season:
Blissfest Music Organization is doing its part to bring a little bit
of its summer festival spirit to the dark months. On December 19 at
the Crooked Tree Arts Center in Petoskey, they will be hosting a
Winter Solstice Concert with Seth and May and Breathe Owl Breathe.
They all play in the area on a regular basis, but this is a rare
opportunity to see the young and talented good friends in one place.
Blissfest also offers harmonica wiz Harper in Harbor Springs on
January 15;  Ann Arbor folky legend Dick Seigel February 5 at Crooked
Tree; and the fabulous Irish group Solas in Harbor Springs on March
26. It’s a ways into the future, but tickets to the Solas show would
make good stocking stuffers. Meanwhile, the Harper show will be the
kick-off for a year of concerts celebrating 20 years of Northern
Express Weekly, in conjunction with concert venues throughout the
region.
The InsideOut Gallery maintains a steady flow of music all year
regardless of the weather. The gallery will feature return visits from
jazz singer Rachel Borovik on January 7 and Brian Vander Ark of the
Verve Pipe on January 21.  Blues and soul powerhouse Ruthie Foster
will make the trip up north from Texas on January 23.
On February 17, a couple of non-music shows are coming to town that
look like they could be fun. Mummenschanz-style extravaganza “The
Aluminum Show” will be at the Traverse City Opera House and the
Popovich Comedy and Pet Theater will be at Interlochen’s Corson
Auditorium. They both have plenty of videos on youtube of their
performances to give an idea of what to expect. The Aluminum Show has
giant worm-like tubes and the Popovich Theater features pet tricks
such as cats shimmying up and down poles. It’s too bad they are on the
same day. Both shows look like they could help out with any potential
mid-February winter blues.

winter lineup

Blissfest Music
Seth Bernard and May Erlewine
wsg/ Breathe Owl Breathe
Winter Solstice Concert
December 19, 7 p.m.
Crooked Tree, Petoskey

Harper and Midwest Kind
January 15, 8 p.m.
Crooked Tree, Petoskey

Dick Seigel and the Brandos
February 5, 8 p.m.

Solas
March 26, 8 p.m.
Harbor Springs Performing Arts Center

Cheboygan Opera House
Mike Ridley and Friends - Christmas Celebration
December 12, 7 p.m.

Russian National Ballet - Sleeping Beauty
January 13, 7 p.m.

Gopherwood Music
Dick Seigel and the Brandos
January 22, 8 p.m.
Cadillac Elks Club

Red Sea Pedestrians
February 12, 8 p.m.
Cadillac Elks Club

Interlochen Center for the Arts
Jaleel Shaw, jazz saxophonist
January 15, 7:30 p.m.
Corson Auditorium

Joshua Roman, classical cellist
January 22, 7:30 p.m.
Corson Auditorium

Popovich Comedy Pet Theater
February 17, 7:30 p.m.
Corson Auditorium

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
February 20, 7:30 p.m.
Corson Auditorium

Insideout Gallery
Dead Ovaries
December 26, 8 p.m.

Rachel Borovik
January 7, 8 p.m.

Brian Vander Ark
January 21, 8 p.m.
Ruthie Foster
January 23, 7 p.m.

Traverse City Opera House
Three Men and a Tenor
December 10, 8 p.m.

Butch Thompson’s New Orleans
Jazz Originals
January 22, 8 p.m.

Aluminum Show
February 17, 7:30 p.m.

Chanticleer
March 4, 7:30 p.m.

Connemara Concerts
(Seamus Shinners)
Switchback
December 28, 7:30 p.m.
Elk Rapids Town Hall

Andre Villoch
December 29, 7:30 p.m.
Del Micheals Studio Traverse City

Emma Cook (Leelanau County Singer/
Songwriter CD release show)
January 2, 5 p.m.
Loading Dock, Traverse City

 
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