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Letters 07-25-2016

Remember Bush-Cheney Does anyone remember George W. Bush and Dick Cheney? They were president and vice president a mere eight years ago. Does anyone out there remember the way things were at the end of their duo? It was terrible...

Mass Shootings And Gun Control The largest mass shooting in U.S. history occurred December 29,1890, when 297 Sioux Indians at Wounded Knee in South Dakota were murdered by federal agents and members of the 7th Cavalry who had come to confiscate their firearms “for their own safety and protection.” The slaughter began after the majority of the Sioux had peacefully turned in their firearms...

Families Need Representation When one party dominates the Michigan administration and legislature, half of Michigan families are not represented on the important issues that face our state. When a policy affects the non-voting K-12 students, they too are left out, especially when it comes to graduation requirements...

Raise The Minimum Wage I wanted to offer a different perspective on the issue of raising the minimum wage. The argument that raising the minimum wage will result in job loss is a bogus scare tactic. The need for labor will not change, just the cost of it, which will be passed on to the consumer, as it always has...

Make Cherryland Respect Renewable Cherryland Electric is about to change their net metering policy. In a nutshell, they want to buy the electricity from those of us who produce clean renewable electric at a rate far below the rate they buy electricity from other sources. They believe very few people have an interest in renewable energy...

Settled Science Climate change science is based on the accumulated evidence gained from studying the greenhouse effect for 200 years. The greenhouse effect keeps our planet 50 degrees warmer due to heat-trapping gases in our atmosphere. Basic principles of physics and chemistry dictate that Earth will warm as concentrations of greenhouse gases increase...

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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?.
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Retro Rock And Cool Country

Music Kristi Kates Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival is going mostly retro this year, hitting five decades’ worth of music with a round of ’60s nostalgia, a little ’70s rock, and some sounds from both the ’80s and the ’90s — plus some current Nashville acts thrown in for good measure.
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Jackson Browne Standing Strong

Music Kristi Kates Even Rock and Roll Hall of Famers get the flu. Legendary singer-songwriter and longtime activist Jackson Browne, on his way to Interlochen this week, is skipping press obligations in favor of saving his voice for performing.
 
Saturday, June 25, 2016

Petoskey Rocks!

Music Kristi Kates PETOSKEY ROCK CITY Each week brings a different band — everything from ’80s dance rock to jazz to blues, all by Michigan musicians familiar to Petoskey listeners. “The music is in Pennsylvania Park on a stage close to the cannon,” Manthei said.
 
Saturday, June 18, 2016

The Big Ticket

Music Kristi Kates If you’re looking for an upbeat, family friendly festival with a positive message, the Big Ticket Festival in Gaylord is for you. A threeday music festival chock full of some of the biggest names in Christian music, this fest is focused on faith and backed by a wide range of additional festival experiences sure to affirm your spiritual side.
 
Saturday, June 11, 2016

Cherry Capital Chorus Celebrates a Half-Century

Music Ross Boissoneau McCall boasts a wealth of experience. She has a degree in voice education and has directed numerous choirs. But she didn’t come to be a member of the men’s group until, as a member of the GT Show Chorus, she found herself in need of a male chorus for a presentation of White Christmas at Old Town Playhouse.
 
Saturday, June 4, 2016

Seasonal Sounds: Music on the Peninsula

Music Kristi Kates Another peninsula experience combining the setting sun with great music of a different sort is The Homestead’s summer concert series, now in its sixth year.
 
Saturday, April 30, 2016

Catching Up with Mustard Plug

Music Kristi Kates It’s been more than a year since we checked in with northern Michigan’s favorite ska band, the Grand Rapids–based Mustard Plug. So, with a big show coming up this month at Traverse City’s InsideOut Gallery, what better time to brush up on our skanking?.
 
Saturday, April 23, 2016

Bria Skonberg

Music Kristi Kates “In the following years, I managed multiple jazz bands that traveled and I would perform as a soloist overseas in Europe and Japan,” she said. “By the time I moved to New York, I had visited five times and made friends who I would end up working with; New York is an incredible jazz mecca.
 
Saturday, April 16, 2016

DJ Man-O-Wax and The Reminders

Music Kristi Kates early February, the first performance of the “Caravanserai: American Voices” touring series took place in Traverse City, featuring Palestinian-American multi-instrumentalist Ronnie Malley and Indian- American virtuoso vocalist Zeshan Bagewadi.
 
 
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