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 2014 Men of Rock

Kristi Kates - August 18th, 2014  

This year’s Men of Rock list runs the gamut: From soulful singles to electronica to straightforward alt-rock, all of these artists share standout vocals, strong personalities, and plenty of talent.

What makes them unique is their individual approaches to their tunes. This isn’t a popularity contest, though. Justin Bieber and Jay-Z get enough attention as it is. The following men of rock are causing a stir because of their innovation, music, and accomplishments. Check ‘em out.


Blue-Eyed Soulster

Newman’s debut solo album has only been out for less than a year, but the singer from Settle, England turned heads with his singular fusion of breakbeat and Northern soul. His album “Tribute” debuted at number one on the UK albums chart, generating the smash single “Love Me Again” and an electronic dance music (EDM) remix of same. The result? A trio of BRIT Awards nominations. Now, his tunes “Cheating” and “Losing Sleep” explain a breakup that influenced the album, but Newman’s rebounding with early critical acclaim.


Aussie Folksinger

He may have a former career as an Australian footballer and a degree in law, but it seems singer-songwriter James Keogh, a.k.a. Vance Joy, has found a different calling, given his recent Lollapalooza set. Blending light, witty lyrics with ukulele and quirky storytelling, his debut album, “Dream Your Life Away,” hits outlets in September. His first single “Riptide” is already triple-platinum, and “God Loves You When You’re Dancing” got the feet moving at Lolla. Keep an eye on Joy, who could be the solo successor to sounds like The Lumineers or Bon Iver.


Eclectic Voice

Maroon 5 frontman Levine has had quite a year, so much so that he’s standing alone on the strength of his own name even more than with the band that propelled him to fame. His judging gig on the NBC singing competition “The Voice” showed off both Levine’s musical knowledge and quick wit, and his coaching snagged him two wins on the show. And going back to Maroon 5, their latest album shows them successfully expanding their modern rock sound with added synths and ‘80s sensibilities. Levine’s having big-screen success, too, via his role as rock star Dave Kohl in “Begin Again.”


Pop Entertainer

Mars certainly started his year on a high note, and he’s not slowing down. He won Best Pop Vocal Album for his “Unorthodox Jukebox” set at the 56th Grammy Awards in late January, and one week later, he was onstage at Super Bowl XL- VIII as the featured performer during the halftime show. Not bad. Since then, he won Artist of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards this past May, and ranked number one on Forbes’ 2014 30 Under 30 List. Up next? Mars will be returning to Vegas to wrap up his roster of eight shows at the Cosmopolitan, bringing along his three-octave range and fancy footwork.


Revamped Rocker

It could be said that native Michiganian White is on his fourth music career. His breakthrough band, of course, was The White Stripes, which he followed up with band projects by The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather. White launched his solo career in 2012 with the set “Blunderbuss,” and this year’s song “Lazaretto” has solidified his solo artist status. A champion of vinyl, White was reportedly thrilled when “Lazaretto” broke the record for the largest sales week for a vinyl record since 1991. He’s keeping busy otherwise running his Third Man Records in Nashville, where he decamped after leaving Detroit.


Multitalented Mixmaster

From Scotland arrives DJ, producer, and singer Harris, who’s finally getting his own musical due after having put together tracks for a host of other singers, including Dizzee Rascal and Rihanna. Late last year, he became the first exclusive resident DJ at the MGM Grand’s nightclub in Las Vegas. And this summer, he was one of only six headliners at Lollapalooza, where he showed off the reasons he’s listed as the highest paid DJ in the world by Forbes. Harris’ fourth album is due out early this fall, and, in a Men of Rock wraparound, his new single, “Blame,” features vocals from … John Newman. Modern rockin’ men gotta stick together.

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