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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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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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