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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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4Play: The Go-Go‘s, The Kinks, Stevie Nicks, Pat Benetar

Kristi Kates - June 6th, 2011
The Go-Go’s- Beauty and the Beat: 30th Anniversary Edition - Capitol
It’s the 30th anniversary of this landmark Go-Go’s album - so what better
way to celebrate than with a remastered disc plus a bonus concert disc
from one of the band’s early ’80s live shows? Belinda Carlisle and her
bandmates really set the bar for their own brand of candy-pop, perfectly
frosted with surf-worthy guitar riffs, solid beats, and Carlisle’s
distinctive trill on studio tracks like the bright “We Got the Beat” and
“This Town”; the live disc adds another catchy, sugary layer with
now-classic Go-Go’s songs like “Vacation,” “Cool Jerk,” and “Let’s Have a
Party” arriving time-capsule-style from one of their peppy ’80s-era Boston
shows.

The Kinks - Kinda Kinks - Sanctuary Records
‘Remastered’ only scratches the surface of what this great two-CD edition
of The Kinks’ 1965 set - their sophomore album - has to offer. With the
majority of the songs on this album written by the ambitiously talented
Ray Davies, the hooks are as strong as the emotions, from the pensive
“Something Better Beginning” and “So Long” to the poppier “Tired of
Waiting for You” and “Never Met a Girl Like You Before.” Complimenting the
original tunes are several bonus numbers, including BBC demos that reveal
two previously-unreleased tracks, “This Strange Effect” and “I Go to
Sleep.” It’s both a thoughtful - and danceable - mix of some of The Kinks’
best.
 
Stevie Nicks - Crystal Visions: The Very Best Of (Deluxe Edition) -
Reprise/WEA
This best-of collection just may be the best as far as bringing together
Nicks’ solo works in one CD/DVD package, with the deluxe edition including
a plethora of bonus materials. Nicks herself comments on each music video,
and that’s her artwork you’ll see on much of the packaging; and of course,
there’s the music, which includes all half-dozen of Nicks’ biggest solo
hits, from “Stand Back” and “Edge of Seventeen” to her collaborations with
The Eagles’ Don Henley (“Leather and Lace”) and musical pal Sheryl Crow
(“Sorcerer.”) The rock legend has influenced a wide range of today’s
female rockers, and this disc showcases exactly why.
 
Pat Benetar - Greatest Hits - Capito
Also getting the remastering treatment is another ’80s standout, namely
solo artist Benetar, whose best known tune (recently revitalized in the
Jennifer Garner movie 13 Going on 30) is perhaps the classic-bombastic
“Love is a Battlefield.” The depth of sound here finally pays justice to
Benetar’s impressive vocals, whether on her more rock-oriented hits
(“Heartbreaker,” “Invincible,” “Fire and Ice”) or her later, more
musically-experimental tracks (“Le Bel Age,” “We Belong.”) Several of her
musical peers weigh in on the liner notes, including Tori Amos and Lisa
Marie Presley, in whose own works echoes of Benetar’s sounds can often be
heard.
 
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