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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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Goin‘ Dutch

Kristi Kates - April 18th, 2011
=Goin’ Dutch: Band offers a blend of power pop & alt-country
By Kristi Kates
Musicians John Merchant and Greg Miller met while working at a music store in Muskegon and teaching guitar. They formed the band known as Dutch Henry “basically to have an outlet for our songwriting,” Miller says.
Focusing at first on being what Miller calls “a dyed-in-the-wool alt-country band,” the group’s first album was compared to Steve Earl and Jason and the Scorchers, and made a decent dent on college and XM radio; but changes were on the way.
“When we started to work and tour a little more,” he continues, “John asked his old band mate Todd Long to play drums after his current band, Molly, was disbanded.”
Today, with Wood long gone and new members Todd Long and Ryan Goldner in place, their newest album, All That Space, sees Dutch Henry morphing into more of a pop band with country influences.
“We were all listening to Fountains of Wayne and The Thrills, and that’s what came out,” Miller says.

FROM XM TO HP
Most of the past couple of years have been spent touring both nationally and regionally in support of All That Space, with songs from the album popping up again on XM radio as well as Sirius and Last.fm. To add to the band’s accomplishments, HP computers snagged three Dutch Henry songs for the ad campaign for their HP Pavilion computers, including the sets’ title track.
And, perhaps even more importantly for Miller, they’ve gained the respect of their musical peers, too.
“Although we’ve yet to achieve American Idol style exposure,” Miller chuckles, “I think we’ve all been flattered and encouraged by the respect and support that we’ve gotten from people higher up in the music biz. It’s a real boost to moral to have our songwriting and musicianship respected by performers as diverse as Vinne Dombroski of Sponge and Robert Reynolds of the Mavericks. To be treated as a peer or pet project by these people is very gratifying.”

REFINING A SOUND
Miller says the band’s originals are getting more and more attention during their live shows, with a few select covers mixed in for fun.
“We play what we like,” Miller says, “but nothing is over-produced or synthetic. We like songs that tell a small story in a well-crafted three minutes and 50 seconds.”
Since Dutch Henry added their most recent member, bass player Ryan Goldner, Miller says they’ve been “refining” both their overall sound and their stage presence.
The audience at their upcoming Traverse City shows can expect this ambitious band to make the best of their two diverse pop/country musical personalities.
“Live, I’d like to think we make those two ends meet,” Miller says.
“The band is a little more streamlined now, with three vocalists and songwriters rather than four,” he continues, “and we’ll be recording new material in the next few months for a new Dutch Henry release this year.”
Dutch Henry will be performing at The Loading Dock in Traverse City on April 22 and 23. For more info on the band, visit www.dutchhenrymusic.com.
 
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