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Letters 09-26-2016

Welcome To 1984 The Democrat Party, the government education complex, private corporations and foundations, the news media and the allpervasive sports and entertainment industry have incrementally repressed the foundational right of We the People to publicly debate open borders, forced immigration, sanctuary cities and the calamitous destruction of innate gender norms...

Grow Up, Kachadurian Apparently Tom Kachadurian has great words; too bad they make little sense. His Sept. 19 editorial highlights his prevalent beliefs that only Hillary and the Dems are engaged in namecalling and polarizing actions. Huh? What rock does he live under up on Old Mission...

Facts MatterThomas Kachadurian’s “In the Basket” opinion deliberately chooses to twist what Clinton said. He chooses to argue that her basket lumped all into the clearly despicable categories of the racist, sexist, homophobic , etc. segments of the alt right...

Turn Off Fox, Kachadurian I read Thomas Kachadurian’s opinion letter in last week’s issue. It seemed this opinion was the product of someone who offered nothing but what anyone could hear 24/7/365 on Fox News; a one-sided slime job that has been done better by Fox than this writer every day of the year...

Let’s Fix This Political Process Enough! We have been embroiled in the current election cycle for…well, over a year, or is it almost two? What is the benefit of this insanity? Exorbitant amounts of money are spent, candidates are under the microscope day and night, the media – now in action 24/7 – focuses on anything and everything anyone does, and then analyzes until the next event, and on it goes...

Can’t Cut Taxes 

We are in a different place today. The slogan, “Making America Great Again” begs the questions, “great for whom?” and “when was it great?” I have claimed my generation has lived in a bubble since WWII, which has offered a prosperity for a majority of the people. The bubble has burst over the last few decades. The jobs which provided a good living for people without a college degree are vanishing. Unions, which looked out for the welfare of employees, have been shrinking. Businesses have sought to produce goods where labor is not expensive...

Wrong About Clinton In response to Thomas Kachadurian’s column, I have to take issue with many of his points. First, his remarks about Ms. Clinton’s statement regarding Trump supporters was misleading. She was referring to a large segment of his supporters, not all. And the sad fact is that her statement was not a “smug notion.” Rather, it was the sad truth, as witnessed by the large turnout of new voters in the primaries and the ugly incidents at so many of his rallies...

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Marc Cohn’s Journey To Memphis and Beyond

Music Kristi Kates begins singer-songwriter Marc Cohn’s huge 1991 hit song, “Walking in Memphis,” the song inspired by Cohn’s own journey to that very city in the mid-‘80s, where he has said he became “baptized in the world of Blues” when he was in his early 20s. As the lyrics of the song go, Cohn actually did set his feet on the famed Beale Street.
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Fall Finale: Autumn’s Music Festivals

Music Kristi Kates Michigan is fortunate to have not one but two major folk and world music fes-tivals every year: Blissfest in Bliss, and Wheatland in Remus. Blissfest got its start in 1981, via a dozen area folk musicians and dancers who staged the first event in a fallow field.
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

The Breakthrough Acts

Music Kristi Kates Breaking out of northern Michigan to achieve a major career in music takes more than talent. While our communities are avid supporters of all kinds of music, and our region’s beauty inspires many a tune, the hard facts are that there are fewer venues, auditions, music managers, record labels, and other resources here than in larger cities.
 
Saturday, September 3, 2016

What is the Northern Michigan Sound?

Music Kristi Kates “From my perspective, it seems like Traverse City is almost becoming a mini Nashville. Every night, you walk down Front Street, and you witness live music permeating though nearly every door. I’d say it’s a big ol’ pot of acoustic soup, with many rock elements thrown in.
 
Saturday, August 20, 2016

New Orleans, Represent!

Music Kristi Kates Shorty will share the brewfest limelight with a buzz band Rolling Stone called one of the Ten New Artists You Need To Know for 2016: The Revivalists, another New Orleans act that lean more toward horn-sprinkled alt-rock along the lines of Alabama Shakes or Galactic, thanks in part to the bellowing vocals of frontman David Shaw.
 
Saturday, August 13, 2016

Get Happy With the Sounds of the ‘60s

Music Kristi Kates The Happy Together Tour is arriving at Little River Casino Resort in August, and with it an impressive list of ’60s hits all polished up and ready for singing along. It’s no wonder this has become one of the most popular vintage package tours in North America; the musicians included boast more than sixty Top 40 hits between them.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Her Best Shot

Music Kristi Kates The story of singer and four-time Gram-my Award winner Pat Benetar isn't your clas-sic rags-to-rock-n-roll legend. Benetar's interest in music started in Lindenhurst, Long Island, N.Y., where she pursued musical theater and trained as an accomplished soprano.
 
Saturday, August 6, 2016

Farmfest and Hoxeyville

Music Kristi Kates Got time for a little more music? August offers up two major music festivals here in northern Michigan, so you’d best get out there while you still can. Whether you choose Farmfest’s countryside cool or Hoxeyville’s forest festivities, you’ll find plenty of great performances and fun amenities.
 
Saturday, July 30, 2016

Hawaiian Musician Brings Unique Sound to Interlochen

Music Kristi Kates When you hear the words “musical virtuoso,” the vision of a musician jamming on a ukulele probably doesn’t come to mind. But a skilled musician from Honolulu, Hawaii, is changing that perception with his unique performance and composition style on the instrument.
 
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Music Meets Movies at the TCFF!

Music Kristi Kates As the Traverse City Film Festival continues to grow, its offerings expand, and some of the coolest changes this year are in the TCFF’s music lineup. Local musician Jeff Bihlman is the new director of music for the festival, taking over for Mike Sullivan, and he’s been working hard to line up the talent.
 
Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Rhythms Of Upbeat Cadillac

Music Kristi Kates Not surprisingly, it was music that brought them together. Calhoun, born in Mississippi in 1921 and raised in Chicago, had a long and illustrious career, performing with the likes of Erroll Garner, Miles Davis, Lennie Capp, and Ahmad Jamal. He, like many other black musicians of his era, spent time at northern Michigan’s Idlewild resort community.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Gaylord Grooves!

Music Bring your own lawn chair and grab a spot for this fun neighborhood event featuring conductor Ralph Schweigert and the hardworking and talented Gaylord Community Band.
 
Saturday, July 9, 2016

Brandi and Old Crow Medicine Show Have Your Summer Remedy

Music Kristi Kates The band’s turning point is the stuff of music industry legend. The band was out busking in front of the Boone Drug pharmacy in Boone, N.C., when happenstance led legendary American folk musician Doc Watson to them. Old Crow, on the spot, performed “Oh My Little Darling,” an old-time song they thought Watson might like.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

The Voice Finalist Returns To Blissfest As Headliner

Music Kristi Kates One highlight of this year’s Blissfest is sure to be the return performance of Ann Arbor musician Laith Al-Saadi.
 
Saturday, July 2, 2016

Blissfest Preview

Music Kristi Kates Count ’em: 36 years of Blissfest. That’s 36 summers out in the farmlands of Bliss, Mich., with dozens of acts each year in nearly as many genres, and around 5,000 music fans in attendance each day of the festival. So how tough is it for festival founder and guru Jim Gillespie to keep the fest fresh as we approach the 2016 event?.
 
 
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