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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Electric Forest Fest Replaces Rothbury

Kristi Kates - May 9th, 2011
Electric Forest Fest Replaces Rothbury
A fest of special local interest for several years was the Rothbury Festival, several hours downstate right here in Michigan. Well, Rothbury itself is no longer, but another fest has sprung up in its place - the Electric Forest Festival, which will run June 30 through July 3 in… the town of Rothbury. With a focus on what appears to be a trifecta of sounds - bluegrass, electronica, and local-ish bands - the lineup so far includes The String Cheese Incident, Tiesto, Stephen Marley, Galactic, The Ragbirds, The MacPodz, and Railroad Earth, among others… get more info at www.electricforestfestival.com…
Perhaps the two most groundbreaking boy bands of their time (laugh if you must, but the genre opened doors for many of today’s male popsters, including musician/dancer/actor/comedian Justin Timberlake), New Kids on the Block and the Backstreet Boys, are being honored by their fans in a new pop “collaborative album” called NKOTBSB. The tracklisting for the set was in part determined by a 10-day online voting campaign called “Help Make the Album,” in which fans voted for their favorite tunes from both bands; a few new recordings are reportedly also in the works for the set...
Bruce Springsteen is perhaps a surprising guest on the newest album by the Dropkick Murphys; the band’s seventh album, Going Out in Style, hit stores a couple of months ago, and listeners are just now starting to realize that it’s Bruce’s voice on the other half of a duet with Murphys frontman Ken Casey, on which the two share the tune “Peg O’ My Heart.” The Murphys’ new album also features a less-distinctive vocal appearance from NOFX’s frontman Fat Mike…

The fourth annual Outside Lands Music and Arts Fest in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park is now set for August 12 through 14, with headliners Arcade Fire, Muse, and Phish the top trio of the weekend. Phish - as might be expected - will play not one, but two jam-band sets at the event. Other performers on the bill include Old ‘97s, OK Go, The Black Keys, The Roots, Erykah Badu, John Fogerty, MGMT, and The Decemberists, who, incidentally, will also be performing at Interlochen this summer...

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Canadian post-punkers The Stills have decided to end their ten-year run as a band, stating via press release that their breakup is an “amicable” one, and that they’ve mostly been keeping the band going the past year only out of respect for each other as friends. Look back on The Stills’ career (and check out their farewell letter) at http://www.arts-crafts.ca/thestills/index.php…
 
MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Not much in the mood for muddy boots, cold campsites, and tie-dye shirt hawkers? Then visit Bonnaroo this year in June online instead of in-person via Vevo, who will be streaming live and on-demand performances from the Tennessee festival on the internet…
Paul Weller will serve as opening act for Kings of Leon during the latter’s June shows in London’s Hyde Park this summer…
Suede will be releasing remastered versions of their five studio albums this June, from their eponymous 1993 debut to 1994’s Dog Man Star, 1996’s Coming Up, 1999’s Head Music, and 2002’s A New Morning…
Bright Eyes have added three new UK shows to their July schedule, including stops in Leeds, Manchester, and Birmingham…
‘80s popster Gloria Estefan is working on her first English-language album since 2003 with none other than Pharrell Williams by her side in the studio…
Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor contributed original music to director Guy Bolongaro’s film The Last Emperor, which recently premiered at the London Independent Film Festival…
 And contributing their albums to your music collection this week (or so they hope) are these new releases… Okkervil River’s I Am Very Far... Sleepy Rebels’ Yellow Tree... Raphael Saadiq’s Stone Rollin’... Man Man’s *Life Fantastic*… and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.
 
Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com
 
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