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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: Jamiroquai, Ice Cube, Cee-Lo Green, Ne-Yo

Kristi Kates - February 21st, 2011
Jamiroquai - Rock Dust Light Star - Mercury UK
Frontman Jay Kay and crew’s first album in over five years, Jamiroquai’s latest set was recorded half in the UK and half in Thailand, giving this set both a grounded and a more exotic side. First single “Blue Skies” sticks close to England - reminiscent, even, of the best possibilities of England’s boy band roster with its pop sensibilities - while other tracks show more depth. The lighter side continues on tracks like the zippy “Lifeline” and “Two Completely Different Things,” while the heavier grooves surface on songs like “White Knuckle Ride,” the bass-y “All Good in the Hood,” and the cool funk-reggae anti-drug anthem “Hey Floyd.”


Ice Cube - I Am the West - Lench Mob Records
Although the album cover may look like Cube is the sheriff (and is about to run you outta town), this album, he says, is a “celebration of summertime on the West coast,” via songs like first single “I Rep That West,” opener “Soul on Ice,” “Life in California,” “Too West Coast,” and “Nothing Like L.A.” Additional songs that veer slightly from the album’s overall theme are a little more uneven in their appeal, including “Urbanian” and “Drink the Kool-Aid,” but overall it’s solid. It’s a balanced blend of hip-hop with a heavy feel for the hard rap fans, while not alienating those who prefer a more pop-rap style. Club DJs will dig it too, as these are beats ready for the remixing.

Cee-Lo Green - Ladykiller - Warner
William Shatner and Gwyneth Paltrow (on Glee) - yes, you read that correctly - are among those who have already covered the Cee-Lo single “F**k You” (aka the radio-edited “Forget You”) from Cee-Lo’s latest album, which gained most of its popularity via its viral video status online. Catchy, sure - smart, eh, not particularly, as the track relies primarily on shock value and beats. Elsewhere on the set, Cee-Lo collaborates with a wide range of producers, from Amy Winehouse collaborator Salaam Remi to Missy Elliott cohort Jack Splash on not-bad tracks like “The Ladykiller Theme” and “Bright Lights, Bigger City.” Clean and explicit versions of the album give listeners options.


Ne-Yo - Libra Scale - Def Jam
Ne-Yo presents an actual full-scale concept album with Libra Scale, in which he and his cohorts tell the tale of an R&B “superhero squad” called The Gentlemen, mere everyday garbagemen who get superhero powers. All’s fine and well, until Gentleman Jerome meets a gal called Pretty Sinclair - and breaks the one condition of The Gentlemen’s gifts - that they are never allowed to fall in love. Interesting concept, fairly interesting album for Ne-Yo, from opener “Champagne Life” through companion themed songs “Know Your Name,” “Crazy Love” (which features a guest spot from Fabolous), “Beautiful Monster,” and closer “What Have I Done?”

 
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