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: Punch Brothers, Works Progress Administration, Cyndi Lauper, Chris Isaak

Kristi Kates - July 19th, 2010
Punch Brothers - Antifogmatic - Nonesuc
Recorded and mixed in Hollywood with legendary producer Jon Brion
(Fiona Apple, Kanye West), Chris Thile and crew’s latest manages to
converge the generally-divergent genres of pop and bluegrass with both
emotion and sheer get-up-and-go. Opener “You Are” blends staccato
guitar with strings, while “Don’t Need No” rallies up the beats and
“Next to the Trash” is the closest thing to “real” bluegrass you’ll
find on this outing. It’s quite an accomplishment for a string band to
actually make tracks that are this crossover-friendly and catchy, too.

Works Progress Administration - WPA - Red
Toad the Wet Sprocket’s Glen Phillips and Chris Thile’s Nickel Creek
bandmates Sean and Sara Watkins team up on this album with an
impressive linup of fellow folk-pop musicians (including Pete Thomas,
Luke Bulla, Greg Leisz, and producer Jim Scott), on which they
collaborated on and recorded seventeen songs in five days. Album
opener “Always Have My Love” as sung by Phillips himself is perhaps
the song with the most staying power, although Luke Bulla’s “Who’s
Gonna Cry for You” and Sean Watkins’ “Paralyzed” are close seconds.

Cyndi Lauper - Memphis Blues - Downtown Records
Singer Cyndi Lauper - whose remarkable voice has been overshadowed, at
times, with the very costumey showiness she had to attempt in order to
draw attention to it - has gone through several phases in her career,
from radio pop to standards. Her latest effort is this set, on which
she traveled to Memphis to record a blues cover album. On it, Lauper
collaborates with the likes of B.B. King (“Early in the Morning”),
Jonny Lang (“How Blue Can You Get”), Charlie Musselwhite, and Allen
Toussaint to prove that this girl can have fun with any genre.

Chris Isaak - Live at the Fillmore - Mailboat Records

Recorded at San Francisco’s Fillmore Auditorium, this live CD aims to
bring a Chris Isaak show to CD, with as close an approximation of the
“Isaak live experience” as possible. Whether that works or not is up
to Isaak fans to say, but it is certainly recorded crisply and with a
lot of attention to detail, including much of Isaak’s on-stage banter
between songs like hits “Somebody’s Crying,” and classic “Wicked
Games,” as well as fan favorites such as “Worked It Out Wrong,” “Move
Along,” “Lonely with a Broken Heart,” and “Blue Spanish Sky.”

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