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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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Rockin‘ the Ozarks at Wakarusa

Kristi Kates - February 28th, 2011
Rockin’ the Ozarks at Wakarusa
Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas will be the setting for this year’s 2011 Wakarusa Festival, which has just announced its lineup for the music fest event. It’s a good-sized spring roadtrip from Northern Michigan, but it’ll be well worth it - Ben Harper and the Relentless 7, Thievery Corporation, and buzz band Mumford and Sons are among the headliners, with over 150 bands in all taking over six stages from June 2 through 5. The roster also includes Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Ghostland Observatory, Dark Star Orchestra, and Ozomatli, among plenty of others…
The latest inductees to the Recording Academy’s Grammy Hall of Fame have been announced, honoring the latest lineup of recordings “of lasting historical or qualitative significance” that are at least 25 years old. This set of honorees include The Marvelette’s peppy “Hey Mr. Postman,” The Beatles’ landmark “Penny Lane,” and The Jackson Five’s many-times-rerecorded “I’ll Be There”…
Foo Fighters have wrapped a long series of studio sessions with Garbage/Nirvana helmsman Butch Vig, and have finally completed their latest album, which will serve as follow-up to their 2007 set, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. The album, due out late this spring, was actually tracked in Foo Dave Grohl’s garage, and is said to have been recorded in classic rock style, without any computers…
Meanwhile, Evanescence are going the opposite recording route, and are reportedly taking more musical risks on their next collection of songs. Working with producer Steve Lillywhite (U2) on the set, they’ve added a lot of “futuristic electronic” elements, although they assure fans that singer Amy Lee’s trademark vocals will still very much be in evidence. The new album will also be the first that the band is recording with their new lineup (three of the band’s original members left between 2006 and 2007)…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Toro Y Moi’s new album, Underneath the Pine, is out this month, and you can check out the set’s first song before you buy - take a listen to “Still Sound” at http://soundcheckmagazine.com/news/2369-mp3-toro-y-moi-still-sound..

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
The Band guitarist Robbie Robertson is set to release his new album, How to Become Clairvoyant, on March 29, complete with a guest appearance from Tom Morello…
Canadian pop-rocker Avril Lavigne’s new album, Goodbye Lullaby, is scheduled for a March 8 release date on RCA Records…
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart will hit the road with Twin Shadow for a dual tour this spring…
The Deftones are bringing along The Dillinger Escape Plan for their spring tour of North America…
Miranda July has tapped the songwriting skills of composer Jon Brion to put together the music for her latest film, The Future…
Death Cab for Cutie have selected May 31 as the drop date for their seventh album, which they’ve dubbed Codes and Keys…

And this week is the drop date for these albums - namely, this week’s new CD releases… Alexander’s Alexander… Ron Nesmith’s Long Player, Late Bloomer… Adele’s 21… Beady Eye’s (ex-Oasis members) Different Gear, Still Speeding… and Papercuts’ Fading Parade…

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