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Letters 04-25-2016

Taking Our Trees Seconds ago this pine tree was alive. Well, Mr. Cook — our County Road Commission head —and Peninsula Township government … by not weighing in (I guess it’s not your problem or responsibility to communicate with residents), you allowed the County Road Commission to bulldoze down huge swaths of lakeside trees in order to increase the bike lane. This can’t be happening. I have no clue why they would cut trees down that help block snow from creating drifts on Peninsula Drive and help keep the beach area intact. Plus, they are not increasing the width of the road when they repave. I just don’t get it. This is amateur hour at county and township government...

Government Service Unrewarded I served the federal government for XX years with the [agency], [doing XX]. I also worked in the private sector, [doing XX]. When I retired, I was surprised to learn my Social Security benefit would be $XXX less per month than my colleagues and neighbors who had never worked for the federal government. This is all because of the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) under the Social Security law...

Which Greased Palm Now that “Chicago values” have utterly corrupted the executive and judicial branches of our federal government, this November We the Plebeians shall either vote to right the governing integrity of the United States constitution’s twin pillars of limited government and separation of powers or turn and step collectively onto the blood soaked road to serfdom...

The Political Mess And Challenge As citizens we are faced with a real challenge. The media and the political candidates have taken over a year to attack those whom they are opposing. The unfavorable ratings of those who may be nominated are above 50 percent. That should be no surprise, considering the length of time given to bloodying one another with opinions that have little relationship to truth. The polling companies, which confess they are not reliable, make everything a game of winning...

CORRECTIONS In last week’s issue we had photos with the incorrect stories on page five. The dance photo should have accompanied the story about grants to nonprofits. The image of Crooked Tree Arts Center Petoskey should have accompanied the story about the ArtPrize exhibit at CTAC.

We also reported the incorrect day for the Bayshore Marathon in Traverse City. The correct date is Sat., May 28.

We apologize for these errors.

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Boyz II Men Review 20 Years of Hits

Kristi Kates - August 22nd, 2011
Boyz II Men Review 20 Years of Hits
Boyz II Men are prepping to celebrate 20 years in the music biz with - what else? - a new album - that’s set to include some new tracks and several revamped versions of their classic ‘90s hits. Simply named Twenty, the album will feature the Boyz - now a trio (Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, and Wanya Morris) following the departure of Michael McCary - mostly singing their standard romantic songs and hoping to both reach their older fans, plus a new generation…
Interlochen music festival faves Ra Ra Riot, still promoting their 2010 album The Orchard, have confirmed an extensive schedule of live shows that will keep the band on tour through most of this fall. While a new Ra Ra record isn’t in the works just yet, the band’s bass player, Mathieu Santos, has a solo album just out titled Massachusetts 2010. In the meantime, fans will be able to catch the band at the Fuji Rock Festival, East Hampton NY’s Music to Know Festival, and additional stops in Minneapolis (10/2), Grand Rapids MI (10/4), Toronto (10/6), Los Angeles (11/10), and Chicago (11/18)…
Switchfoot will release their eighth studio album, Vice Verses, this upcoming fall, and worked with Weezer producer Neal Avron on the set, which was recorded primarily in Switchfoot’s own San Diego home studio. Said to be an album of “polarity” and opposites - highs and lows - the band also plan to launch a fairly extensive world tour alongside the new album to help promote all of the new songs; the album itself will hit stores on September 27…
And Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch recently met with the British government to try and help prevent the same sort of situation that led to the recent death of the singer. Her father’s goal is to improve drug rehabilitation facilities in England in order to help keep young people out of drug and alcohol situations that “could be avoided.” Mitch Winehouse made the presentation in memory of his daughter; the Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee agreed to take a second look at adjusting how accessible rehab facilities are to those in need…
MODERN ROCK LINK OF THE WEEK:
For those of you who enjoy traveling to music towns, Austin, Texas is calling you September 16-18 for the 2011 Austin City Limits Festival. This year’s headliners include Coldplay, Kanye West, Arcade Fire, and the always-cool Stevie Wonder; get the full schedule (and more info on the whole event) at www.ACLfestival.com/schedule…

MINI MODERN BUZZ:
Alt-rockers Bush’s next album, The Sea of Memories, is now set for release in September on their own Zuma Rock Records as produced by Bob Rock…
Psych-popsters Real Estate will drop their latest set, Days, on October 18th, with the first single “It’s Real” preceding the album’s release…
Morrissey is reportedly planning to publish his autobiography in December of 2012…
The Drums will be returning with their sophomore full-length album, which they’ve dubbed Portamento, on September 13…
Lollapalooza guru Perry Farrell and his band Jane’s Addiction will return to the stores in September as well, with their next album, The Great Escape Artist, which will feature single “End to the Lies”…
The 2011 DeLuna Festival is now set for Pensacola Florida in October, and will feature over 80 bands in only the fest’s second year; 2011’s big ticket performers include Ra Ra Riot, Weezer, The Shins, Cut Copy, Manchester Orchestra, and Cake…

And these artists are now set to release their new albums this very week… 12 Stones’ Only Human… Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks’ Mirror Traffic… Ganglians’ Still Living… and Chelsea Wolfe’s Apokalypsis… and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

Questions, comments, rants, raves, suggestions on this column? Send ‘em to Kristi at modernrocker@gmail.com



 
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