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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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Got Foo? Get it at a theatre near you 3/21/11

Kristi Kates - March 21st, 2011
Got Foo? Get It at a Theater Near You
Foo Fighters revealed their documentary at SXSW (the South by Southwest Fest) last week, and now the masses will be able to view the band’s latest film project. Back and Forth, as the doc is titled, will now be showcased in theaters across the country, starting with a series of special screenings on April 5 during which the film will screen and will be followed by the broadcast of a live performance by the Foos themselves, who will perform their new album, Wasting Light, which hits stores on April 12…
Are they or aren’t they? The Darkness have been the subject of a plethora of internet rumors regarding whether or not they’ll be reuniting. But with a new website appearing online (theactualdarkness.com) that consists of a mysteriously floating, ‘70s-inflected band logo and not much else, save a few links to the band’s other pages - it seems like those rumors might be true. The names of the band members also come up in searches for the web domain. Very interesting…
Panic! at the Disco’s new album, Vices and Virtues has been moved up to a March 22 release date, prefaced by the band’s first new single, The Ballad of Mona Lisa, which you may have already heard on internet radio. The set is the band’s first new album in three years, was produced by Weezer collaborator Butch Walker and Neon Trees producer John Feldmann, and will be showcased on Conan O’Brien’s new late night show on March 28…
TV on the Radio are dropping their new set, Nine Types of Light, on April 12 on Interscope Records, with tunes including “Will Do” and “Caffeinated Consciousness.” After a landmark stop at Austin’s SXSW fest, the band will be performing a plethora of shows through the next few months, including stops in Providence, Rhode Island (4/15), Boston (4/16), Detroit (4/20 at St. Andrew’s Hall), Chicago (4/22 at the Metro), and Minneapolis (4/23 and 4/24)…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Switchfoot are currently in the studio recording their next album, which they’re planning to take breaks from by doing a little touring in Australia and the Philippines this April and May. But if you’re stateside and not able to catch those live shows, you can still get a sneak peek of Switchfoot working on their new songs via a behind-the-scenes clip the band’s posted on their website; check it out at www.switchfoot.com…
MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Singer Cyndi Lauper, currently on tour, cheered up stranded crowds at an airport in Buenos Aires by snagging a public-address microphone and singing her ‘80s hit song, “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” to her smiling, singing-along fellow strandees…
The Monkees will be celebrating their 45th (what?) anniversary as a band (well, sort of) with a UK tour kicking off this spring; Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, and “the cute one” Davy Jones will all be participating, with potential U.S. dates TBA…
The Strokes have set April 1 as their live show date at NYC’s Madison Square Garden, at which they’ll be testing out songs from their brand new album, Angles…
The 2011 T in the Park fest in Scotland has announced part of its roster for this year, which will include Coldplay, Arctic Monkeys, Pulp, Brandon Flowers, Crystal Castles, Blondie, Bright Eyes, and Weezer, among others…
Radiohead guitar/instrument whiz Jonny Greenwood has been tapped to score the upcoming John C. Reilly film We Need to Talk About Kevin…
U2 have reportedly been working with producer Danger Mouse during their current studio sessions for the next U2 album…

And this week’s current new CD releases are ready for your purchase... James Blake’s James Blake... Edwyn Collins’ Losing Sleep... Josh Kelley’s Georgia Clay... Soundgarden’s Live on I-5... and The Strokes’ much-anticipated Angles... 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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