Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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The Kenny Loggins You Don't Know

Kristi Kates - July 28th, 2014  

Kenny Loggins is kicking off August by heading to the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey for a live concert.

Loggins, formerly one half of country duo Loggins and Messina, is best known for his hit title track to “Footloose,” a 1984 movie that starred Kevin Bacon.

Now he records kids’ albums in addition to his regular music, and is currently a member of country music trio Blue Sky Riders.

Though you may have known all that, here are a few Loggins facts that many aren’t aware of.


When Loggins was eight years old, he saw the 1940s movie musical “Yankee Doodle Dandy,” and decided then and there to be a songwriter.


In the late ‘60s, before Loggins embarked on his current career path, he was briefly in an experimental psychedelic band called The Electric Prunes.


Loggins has been dubbed “King of the Movie Soundtrack” due to the many successful songs he’s recorded for films, among them “I’m Alright” for “Caddyshack,” “Danger Zone” for “Top Gun,” “Nobody’s Fool” for “Caddyshack II,” and of course the title tune and “I’m Free” for the aforementioned “Footloose.”


When Loggins’ solo debut album was released in 1977, he snagged a spot opening for Fleetwood Mac on their Rumours tour, and almost immediately went from performing in clubs to playing huge shows in arenas.


It’s a well-known rumor that Loggins turned down the co-starring role alongside Barbra Streisand in the 1976 hit movie “A Star is Born.” Kris Kristofferson went on to take the role in the American rock musical.


TV He appeared as himself on the late ‘90s series “Dharma and Greg” and on the series finale of the Fox TV comedy “Raising Hope,” and also performed a country version of his hit “Danger Zone” on the 2014 animated series “Archer,” where his character’s nickname was K-logg.


Loggins, along with Stevie Wonder, Paul Simon, Tina Turner, Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Bruce Springsteen, Cyndi Lauper, and Bob Dylan, sang a solo on the “We Are the World” charity soundtrack in 1985. Proceeds from the single went to benefit African famine relief.


Loggins recorded a version of the Sesame Street song “One Small Voice” for a 1998 ABC TV special “Elmopalooza.” His tune was included on the Grammy Award winning soundtrack album for the program, along with songs by Celine Dion, Jon Stewart, The Fugees, and Gloria Estefan.


Have you ever played the video game “Grand Theft Auto V?” That’s Loggins’ voice as the DJ on the in-game radio station Los Santos Rock Radio.


Like many musicians before him, Loggins today has turned to popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter to fund his new album with Blue Sky Riders. Among the rewards for contributors are the chance to sing backups, tix to a release party, and having Loggins and the band visit your house.

Kenny Loggins will be performing at the Odawa Casino Resort in Petoskey on Aug. 1 at 8pm. Tickets are $35/$45/$60 and are available at odawacasino.com.

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