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Letters 02-08-2016

Less Ageism, Please The January 4 issue of this publication proved to me that there are some sensible voices of reason in our community regarding all things “inter-generational.” I offer a word of thanks to Elizabeth Myers. I too have worked hard for what I’ve earned throughout my years in the various positions I’ve held. While I too cannot speak for each millennial, brash generalizations about a lack of work ethic don’t sit well with me...Joe Connolly, Traverse City

Now That’s an Escalation I just read the letter from Greg and his defense of the AR15. The letter started with great information but then out of nowhere his opinion went off the rails. “The government wants total gun control and then confiscation; then the elimination of all Constitutional rights.” Wait... what?! To quote the great Ron Burgundy, “Well, that escalated quickly!”

Healthy Eating and Exercise for Children Healthy foods and exercise are important for children of all ages. It is important for children because it empowers them to do their best at school and be able to do their homework and study...

Mascots and Harsh Native American Truths The letter from the Choctaw lady deserves an answer. I have had a gutful of the whining about the fate of the American Indian. The American Indians were the losers in an imperial expansion; as such, they have, overall, fared much better than a lot of such losers throughout history. Everything the lady complains about in the way of what was done by the nasty, evil Whites was being done by Indians to other Indians long before Europeans arrived...

Snyder Must Go I believe it’s time. It’s time for Governor Snyder to go. The FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the EPA Criminal Investigation Division are now investigating the Flint water crisis that poisoned thousands of people. Governor Snyder signed the legislation that established the Emergency Manager law. Since its inception it has proven to be a dismal failure...

Erosion of Public Trust Let’s look at how we’ve been experiencing global warming. Between 1979 and 2013, increases in temperature and wind speeds along with more rain-free days have combined to stretch fire seasons worldwide by 20 percent. In the U.S., the fire seasons are 78 days longer than in the 1970s...

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4Play: Moby, Blondie, Above & Beyond, BT

Kristi Kates - June 20th, 2011
Moby - Destroyed - Mute
Moby’s latest set is a thematic one, focusing on the busy musician’s many hours spent in spare hotel rooms, impersonal airport lounges, and in transit. All of the songs were written on the road - many fueled by Moby’s insomnia - and many are also accompanied by photographs that Moby took, which can be acquired via a separate photography book of the same name. Opening the album is the evocative instrumental piece “The Broken Places” (several other “just” instrumentals are also included here, the best being “Sevastopol”); also included are danceable tracks “After” and “Blue Moon,” and the more introspective “When You Are Old.”
 


Blondie - Greatest Hits - Capitol
With Blondie prepping a brand new album for release later this year, now seems like a good time to revisit their remastered … Hits set, which - although it could stand an update with some of the band’s more recent tunes (other than “Maria”) - is the best representation of the influential group to date. Showcasing their progressing from a more punk outfit (“X Offender,” “Rip Her to Shreds”) to the synth-pop, catchy songs they became known for, the collection includes fan and critical faves “Heart of Glass,” “The Tide is High,” “Hanging on the Telephone,” “Island of Lost Souls,” and the landmark “Rapture.” It’s icy cool, and great indeed.
 



Above and Beyond - Group Therapy - Ultra
At once both shoegazy and dance-floor-friendly (somehow?), Above and Beyond’s latest equally showcases the vocal work of Richard Bedford and Zoe Johnson, staying well within the trance realm but adding plenty of personalized emotion and thoughtful arrangements. “Filmic” proves A and B’s skills with synths, weaving around a subtle piano line and a catchy theme. “Thing Called Love” gets more energetic and poppy, while “Sun and Moon” gets even heavier; the album balances well between those moments and quieter ones, such as the harp-laden “Eternal” and “Only a Few Things” with its lonely ambiance.
 


BT - These Re-Imagined Machines - Nettwerk
This two-disc set takes BT’s Grammy-nominated studio album, These Hopeful Machines, and hands it over to the likes of Armin van Buuren and Marcus Schossow, among others, for some serious and crafty remixing. Even if you purchased the original set (or BT’s one-disc, compressed version of the same), you’ll still want this third version of the set, from the Cedric Gervais remix of “Le Nocturne de Lumiere” all the way through van Buuren’s take on “Every Other Way.” Other standouts include Ferry Corsten’s revamping of “Suddenly,” Schossow’s version of “The Emergency,” and the Sultan/Shepard remix of “Rose of Jericho.”

 
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