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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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11/19/2010 4Play: Doobie Bros., Girl Talk, Neil Young, Leon Russell and Elton John

Jack Pine - November 29th, 2010
Doobie Bros. - World Gone Crazy - HOR Records
This is the first collection of new material from the Doobie Bros. in a decade, who amazingly have stayed together all these years in some form except for a two-year hiccup in the early ‘80s. To call them new songs is a bit of a stretch. It is possible this album was computer-generated based on the Doobie’s pre-Michael McDonald, “Long Train Running” era, with Tom Johnston singing most of the lead vocals. Producer Ted Templeman is re-enlisted from the Doobie’s glory days, McDonald and Willie Nelson show up for guest appearances, but it is not enough to make it interesting. But who knows? Maybe they’ll be one of the next bands from the ‘70s to play at the Cherry Festival.

Girl Talk - All Day - Free Download at illegalart.net
In the same week where after years of negotiations between the lawyers of Apple Music and Apple computers, the Beatles are now on iTunes, Girl Talk DJ Greg Gillis makes his latest creation, All Day available on the Internet for free. All Day is the poster child for current generational differences and the increasingly blurry boundaries of music, copyrights and the internet. It includes over 370 samples, starting with Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs,” and doesn’t slow down until it finishes an hour later. Girl Talk has often been described as a lawsuit waiting to happen. If it ever comes to that, Gillis should get a pass based on how much fun and exciting the music is. Download it and play guess the sample at your next party!



Neil Young - Le Noise - Reprise Records
There was a sense of anticipation when Neil Young recruited fellow Canadian and musical evolver Daniel Lanois to produce his new album. Alas, “Le Noise” is a Le Mess. It is just Young and a guitar, but it is not at all acoustic. It is more like a Crazy Horse album where the band got stuck in traffic and did not show up. The songs and Young’s playing are raw and emotional enough to where die-hard Neil fans might appreciate it, but coming in at a scant 37 minutes, the average buyer of “Le Noise” might feel a mix of being shortchanged and relieved.



Leon Russell and Elton John - The Union Mercury Records
There are some good songs on this collection, and some that just plod along. Kudos to Elton John for reintroducing Leon Russell to the 21st century. The two of them compliment each other well without stepping on each other’s toes. It would have worked better though if it wasn’t all so meaningful. There are plenty moments of fun. Russell gets his distinctive rockin’ piano beat going and shows that he still has it on “Hearts Have Turned to Stone,” and “A Dream Come True.” “Jimmy Rodger’s Dream” is an effectively dreamy country tune and it is a fine album on the whole, but be prepared for a good amount of sentimental fare such as “You’re Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)” and “In the Hands of Angels.”
 
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