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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: Crowded House, Sky Sailing, Fran Healy, Josiah Leming

Kristi Kates - October 11th, 2010
Crowded House - Intriguer - Mercury
Crowded House singer/songwriter Neil Finn - a master craftsman of
songs if there ever was one - calls Intriguer what may be the best
thing the band has ever done. That’s saying a lot, from him. Produced
by Jim Scott, this set of new Crowded House songs - their first studio
effort in over a dozen years - blends Finn’s instantly identifiable
songwriting and trademark harmonies into ten near-perfect smart indie-
pop songs, executed by the rest of his skillful band. Opener “Saturday
Sun” accompanies “Either Side of the World, “Twice If You’re Lucky”
and “Even If.”

Sky Sailing - An Airplane Carried Me to Bed - Republic The earlier
side project of Adam Young aka Owl City, Sky Sailing’s debut offers up
a slightly different side of the effusive performer’s digi-pop, this
time with more acoustic guitar and piano, and a little less of the
electro bleeps and synth work that was presented on Owl City’s album.
The beats vary from pop to waltzes, and Young’s lyrical imagery ranges
from underwater caves to a night at the opera (quite literally); his
ability to craft atmospheric tracks is no less here than it was on Owl
City, and is a nice change-up that shows the musician’s remarkable
range.





Fran Healy - Wreckorder - Rykodisc
Appearing on his first solo album cover a bit scruffy and “not that
kid any more,” as he says about himself, Travis frontman Healy’s well-
known skill for songwriting is in fine form here, blending his Britpop
sensibilities with line-drawn song storylines, beats from pop to
waltz, and special guests, as well. Paul McCartney contributes bass to
the rambling “As It Comes,” and Neko Case shares vocals with Healy on
“Sing Me to Sleep,” while first single “Buttercups” blends perfectly-
chosen minor chords with wistful wordplay and another pretty, catchy
Healy tune.




Josiah Leming - Come On Kid - Warner Bros.
First single “Maybe” puts the spotlight on Leming’s remarkably concise
writing abilities and his way around a song, as well as his poetic
lyric-craft, giving the gifted singer vindication for his crash-
landing off of American Idol a while back. Leming, who obviously
wasn’t suited for Idol’s oft-corny canned-performer assembly line,
spent a couple of years writing and recording this set, and both the
effort and his talent show through; the title track is an admonition
to self to try harder, while “To Run” is directly pretty and “Arctic
Outcry Wind” utilizes Brit-pop-inflected hooks to be proud of.

 
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