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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Rick Coates - May 16th, 2011
Rock Steady with Two Earthshaking Events
By Rick Coates
If you’re looking to get your summer off to a flying start, two headbanging events will get you there this week, with a run-up to Memorial Day Weekend:
Rock and Roll Circus
“The circus is coming, the circus is coming to town!” -- the four-ring Rock and Roll Circus that is. Ground Zero Nightclub in TC is hosting four nights of rock over the course of six days featuring 13 bands. 
Owner Doug Street came up with idea of packaging four concerts together with one ticket. For $67 and a $3 handling fee hardcore rockers will be able to see over $100 worth concerts. Individual tickets for all shows are available.
Saving Abel kicks it off on Friday, May 20. The Mississippi-based modern rockers roll into town with their number one hit “The Sex Is Good,” off their current “Miss America” CD. Saving Abel took their name from a Bible passage that said “there is no saving Abel.” They burst onto the scene in 2008 with their self-title debut CD that featured three top 10 songs on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Charts, “Addicted,” “18 Days,” and “Drowning (Face Down).”
Joining Saving Abel will be Machine Gun Rodeo and Evershine of Northern Michigan. Led by vocalist Ida Reed, these hard driving rockers have clawed their way to the top of the local music scene.
Hinder performs on Sunday May 22. Originally from Oklahoma, Hinder formed in 2001 and built a following by heavy touring and releasing an EP, “Far From Close,” in 2003. Their 2005 debut CD “Extreme Behavior” went triple Platinum, built around hits including “Lips Of An Angel,” “Get Stoned,” and “How Long.”
Their sophomore release “Take It To The Limit,” featured the hit “Use Me.” Currently they are touring in support of the 2010 release “All American Nightmare.” Joining Hinder are label mates Red, a Nashville-based Christian band that has created a buzz in recent months by appearing on Conan as well as The Tonight Show. Their new release, “Feed the Machine,” climbed to the top of the Billboard Rock Album Charts last month. Irish rockers Kopek along with Royal Bliss will share the bill.
Canadian rockers My Darkest Days  will anchor Tuesday May 24 with their hit single “Porn Star Dancing.” Joining them will be Detroit’s Critical Bill, a local favorite, and Cheboygan’s The Darwin Project with their heavy alternative rock sound.
The Rock and Roll Circus will close out with Trapt on Wednesday May 25 with Westfall and Northern Express 2011 Readers Choice for best new band, 12 Year Reunion.
The Rock-N-Roll Circus Package includes 1 ticket to each of the shows for  $67 + $3 handling. Go to www.groundzeroonline.com or call the box office at 231-932-1300. 

Metal Mayhem
The Southside Hideout in Buckley explodes with searing metal action on Saturday, May 21 with five metal acts and a Heavy Metal Hottie Contest.
Promoter Joey Callahan has a lineup that includes Warning, Skullcrusher, Commonfaced, Beneath Me and the Black Sabbath tribute band, In The Name Of.
Of special note, Beneath Me is a fusion of two Chicago bands who’ve been on a tear in the Windy City since 2007.  A nationally-touring band, they’ve played venues across the country including the Hard Rock Cafe and House of Blues, also opening for bands such as Saliva, Distrurbd and Type O Negative.  They’re currently promoting their album, “Wish I Wouldn’t Care.”
Metal Mayhem offers a wallet-friendly admission: a $1 cover for each band.  The Hideout will also feature specialty metal burgers designed by each band and the audience is encouraged to wear full metal regalia.  
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