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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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