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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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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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