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Letters 05-23-2016

Examine The Priorities Are you disgusted about closing schools, crumbling roads and bridges, and cuts everywhere? Investigate funding priorities of legislators. In 1985 at the request of President Reagan, Grover Norquist founded Americans for Tax Reform (ATR). For 30 years Norquist asked every federal and state candidate and incumbent to sign the pledge to vote against any increase in taxes. The cost of living has risen significantly since 1985; think houses, cars, health care, college, etc...

Make TC A Community For Children Let’s be that town that invests in children actively getting themselves to school in all of our neighborhoods. Let’s be that town that supports active, healthy, ready-to-learn children in all of our neighborhoods...

Where Are Real Christian Politicians? As a practicing Christian, I was very disappointed with the Rev. Dr. William C. Myers statements concerning the current presidential primaries (May 8). Instead of using the opportunity to share the message of Christ, he focused on Old Testament prophecies. Christ gave us a new commandment: to love one another...

Not A Great Plant Pick As outreach specialist for the Northwest Michigan Invasive Species Network and a citizen concerned about the health of our region’s natural areas, I was disappointed by the recent “Listen to the Local Experts” feature. When asked for their “best native plant pick,” three of the four garden centers referenced non-native plants including myrtle, which is incredibly invasive...

Truth About Plants Your feature, “listen to the local experts” contains an error that is not helpful for the birds and butterflies that try to live in northwest Michigan. Myrtle is not a native plant. The plant is also known as vinca and periwinkle...

Ask the Real Plant Experts This letter is written to express my serious concern about a recent “Listen To Your Local Experts” article where local nurseries suggested their favorite native plant. Three of the four suggested non-native plants and one suggested is an invasive and cause of serious damage to Michigan native plants in the woods. The article is both sad and alarming...

My Plant Picks In last week’s featured article “Listen to the Local Experts,” I was shocked at the responses from the local “experts” to the question about best native plant pick. Of the four “experts” two were completely wrong and one acknowledged that their pick, gingko tree, was from East Asia, only one responded with an excellent native plant, the serviceberry tree...

NOTE: Thank you to TC-based Eagle Eye Drone Service for the cover photo, taken high over Sixth Street in Traverse City.

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Storytellers and their songs return to VH 1 3/28/11

Kristi Kates - March 28th, 2011
Storytellers and Their Songs Return to VH1
VH1 is moving into the 15th season of its intriguing Storytellers series, which feature a wealth of stories, explanations on how songs were written/recorded, tales from the tour bus, and more in between performances of songs by a wide range of artists. This season’s roster will be kicked off in May by Kings of Leon, who will be followed in the 2011 lineup by the likes of Maxwell, Cee Lo Green, Ray LaMontagne, and Death Cab for Cutie…
The cast of Grey’s Anatomy have put together a musical episode that will air on March 31, perhaps a surprise to many fans of the show, but not to those who are aware of cast member Sara Ramirez’ Tony Award win (for the musical Spamalot). The other actors aren’t exactly slouches, either, reportedly having stepped up to the plate and surprising the producers with some of their singing skills. The Fray’s “How to Save a Life” (appropriately), Get Set Go’s “Wait,” and Gomez’ “How We Operate,” are three of the nine songs that will be featured…
Manchester band Oceansize have broken up after over a dozen years as a band, via an online announcement. While the band didn’t give a specific reason for the break, they did mention that the bandmates - well, bandmates no longer, one would suppose - will be pursuing other projects, which fans can check out via each musician’s individual project page at facebook.com/oceansizeuk. Oceansize’s last album, Self Preserved…”was released last year…

Daft Punk’s Tron: Legacy soundtrack album has been given the remix treatment, and is due to be re-released this spring. Tron: Legacy R3CONFIGUR3D features the Tron tracks retooled by the likes of Moby, Paul Oakenfold, Kaskade, M83, The Crystal Method, Photek, and Pretty Lights, plus a revamp of “Tron Legacy (End Titles)” by Sander Kleinenberg…

MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
Gorillaz’ digital, iPad-recorded album, The Fall, was previously released for free to the band’s fan club members last December, but will now be released to all in April; the set will be dropped on vinyl first as part of Record Store Day (April 16), and will then be available via digital/CD the next week. Get more info on Gorillaz’ tunes and all of their projects at www.gorillaz.com…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Speaking of Jack White, he unveiled his Third Man Rolling Record Store truck at the SXSW Fest in Austin, Texas last week, as a branch of his Third Man record label/store in Nashville - but in (‘natch) a rolling yellow truck; look for the truck at other fests this summer…
Sarah McLachlan told a Canadian newspaper that she’s done with attempting to revive the Lilith Fair tour, which pretty much failed in its attempt to tour last summer…
The Essence Music Fest is still going strong, though, with its 2011 event set to take place in New Orleans July 1-3 with headliners Kanye West, Jill Scott, and Trey Songs; Boyz II Men, Parliament Funkadelic, Macy Gray, and Charlie Wilson will also be performing…
Well, at least he’s making good use of some of his celebrity; a lock of Justin Bieber’s hair sealed in plexiglas and signed by Bieber brought in $40,668.00 on eBay when it was auctioned off to benefit the charity The Gentle Barn, which rescues neglected farm animals…
Scars on 45 have added a lineup of new tour dates in support of their latest EP, Give Me Something; they’ll be supporting Ra Ra Riot and on some of the dates, which will include stops in Cleveland (4/8), Detroit (4/10 at The Magic Stick), Holland, MI (4/11 at Hope College), and Milwaukee (4/13)…
Of Montreal are offering up their much-anticipated five-song EP, thecontrollersphere, on April 26 via Polyvinyl Records…
And offering you their new CDs are this week’s new releases… Boxer Rebellion’s Cold Still... Britney Spears’ Femme Fatale... Mountain Goats’ All Eternals Deck... and Florence and the Machine’s Between Two Lungs... 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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