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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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Crowes trek through North America

Kristi Kates - September 13th, 2010
Crowes Trek Tunes Through North America
The Black Crowes, who recently released Croweology, their newest album (a double one, no less) of all-acoustic tracks, are in the midst of a North American tour to which they’ve already added more dates. The trek, which will take the Crowes through Knoxville TN (9/15), Austin TX (9/25), Albany NY (10/15), Toronto (10/27), and a quintet of shows at NYC’s Nokia Theater (starting 10/31), will wrap up in mid-December with a whopping six-night stand at San Francisco’s famed The Fillmore, after which the Crowes will take a well-deserved break...
Madonna has co-written and is directing a new movie titled simply W.E., which began shooting a few weeks ago in London. The movie is set to feature James Fox as King George V, alongside Aussie actress Abbie Cornish as a modern-day New Yorker who becomes drawn to King Edward’s decision to abdicate the throne for his love.
Seal is set to release his sixth studio album, Seal 6: Commitment, this month on Reprise Records. The soulful singer, whose first single from the album will be the emotional “Secret,” says that the album’s title stems from his own life being “fully committed,” to his wife (model/actress/Project Runway hostess Heidi Klum), his family, his own well-being, and his music career. “I hope that the music strikes a chord with people,” Seal says...

And after much speculation and chat about Weezer going completely DIY/independent upon leaving their long time major label home of Geffen/Interscope Records, turns out the band has signed with Epitaph Records, and are dropping their debut disc on that label this month. The new Weezer album, called Hurley, has already offered up its lead single, “Memories”...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Our Lady Peace singer Raine Maida’s new album, Bury Me with a Gun, is just out, and Maida has put together a new website complete with musical snippets, news, and more at www.rainemaida.net...

MINI BUZZ:
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have just kicked off their leg of Stone Temple Pilots’ tour, and they’ll be alternating dates with STP with their own solo headlining shows...
Speaking of STP, they’ve added several dates to that aforementioned tour, including stops in El Paso TX (9/21), Simpsonville SC (10/2), Raleigh NC (10/5), and Orlando FL (10/9)...
Dire Straits are rumored to be discussing a reunion and possibly some live shows to follow the release of their Brothers in Arms special edition album...
The Black Angels have announced a series of tour dates that will see them making stops in Seattle (10/21), Salt Lake City (10/23), and Iowa City (10/26)...
Justin Timberlake has been tapped to provide the voice of Boo-Boo in the upcoming Yogi Bear movie...
Actor, voice actor, and Family Guyguy Seth MacFarlane is adding another title to his resume - singer; MacFarlane has signed with Universal Records to release his debut album, a collection of 1940s and 1950s show tunes - and yes, it’s a serious record, not a comedy one...
These are “serious” records, too - meaning this week’s new CD releases, that is... The Killers’ Brandon Flowers’ solo release, Flamingo... Prince Rama’s Shadow Temple... and Sonny and the Sunsets’ Tomorrow is Alright... and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column or your favorite musicians? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com*






 
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