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Letters 12-05-2016

Trump going back on promises I’m beginning to suspect that we’ve been conned by our new president. He’s backpedaling on nearly every campaign promise he made to us...

This Christmas, think before you speak Now that Trump has won the election, a lot of folks who call themselves Christians seem to believe they have a mandate to force their beliefs on the rest of us. Think about doing this before you start yelling about people saying “happy holidays,” whining about Starbucks coffee cup image(s), complaining about other’s lifestyles…

First Amendment protects prayer (Re: Atheist Gary Singer’s contribution to the Crossed column titled “What will it take to make America great again?” in the Nov. 21 edition of Northern Express.) Mr. Singer, the First Amendment states: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof …”

Evidence of global warming Two basic facts underlay climate science: first, carbon dioxide was known to be a heat-trapping gas as early as 1850; and second, humans are significantly increasing the amount of CO2 in Earth’s atmosphere through the burning of fossil fuels and other activities. We are in fact well on our way to doubling the CO2 concentrations in our atmosphere...

Other community backpack programs I just read your article in the Nov. 28 issue titled “Beneficial backpacks: Two local programs help children.” It is a good article, but there are at least two other such programs in the Traverse City area that I am aware of...

A ‘fox’ in the schoolhouse Trump’s proposed secretary of education, Betsy DeVos (“the fox” in Dutch), is a right-wing billionaire; relentless promoter of unlimited, unregulated charter schools and vouchers; and enemy of public schooling...

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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?.
 
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.
 
 
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