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Letters 11-24-2014

Dangerous Votes You voted for Dr. Dan. Thanks!Rep. Benishek failed to cosponsor H.R. 601. It stops subsidies for big oil companies. He failed to cosponsor H.R. 1084. There is an exemption for hydraulic fracturing written into the Safe Drinking Water Act. H.R. 1084. It would require the contents of fracking fluids to be publicly disclosed to protect the public health.

Solar Is The Answer There have been many excellent letters about the need for our region, state and nation to take action on climate change. Now there is a viable solution to this ever-growing problem: Solar energy is the future.

Real Minimum Wage In 1966, a first class stamp cost 5 cents and minimum wage was $1.25. Today, a first class stamp is 49 cents, so federal minimum wage should be $11.25.

Doesn’t Seem Warmer I enjoy the “environmentalists” twisting themselves into pretzels trying to convince us that it is getting warmer. Sure it is... 

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Monday, September 20, 2010

Lennon‘s musical birthday commemoration

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Lennon’s Musical Birthday Commemoration
EMI Records is slated to release all eight of John Lennon’s digitally-remastered solo albums beginning on October 5 in commemoration of what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday. Lennon’s Double Fantasy album will also include a new version of the album, dubbed Double Fantasy: Stripped Down, which will showcase new mixes of the album’s songs with less instrumentation. In addition to the albums themselves, EMI will also be repackaging much of Lennon’s solo material, including a greatest hits collection and several box sets...
 
Monday, September 20, 2010

Follow True North to The Compass Room

Dining Kristi Kates Follow True North to The Compass Room
By Kristi Kates
“I think the Compass Room is very much an integral part of the experience here at True North,” says John Hover of True North Resort and Golf Club. “Many golfers like to relax after their game and talk about their round, and often food is a part of that.”
The Compass Room, True North’s casual fine dining experience, was opened based on a simple requirement for all golf courses to have food and beverage service, “because the normal golf outing takes five to six hours from arrival to departure,” Hover says.
 
Monday, September 13, 2010

Tantric set to Mind Control TC

Music Kristi Kates Tantric Set to “Mind Control” TC
By Kristi Kates
Alternative heavy-rock band Tantric’s latest album, Mind Control is
still slowly accelerating and gathering fans -- even though the disc
was released back in 2009, which is technically ‘ancient history’ in
the record industry.
 
Monday, September 13, 2010

4Play: Various Artists, Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, Various Artists, Interpol

Music Kristi Kates Various Artists - Yo Gabba Gabba: Music is Awesome - Filter U.S.
The innovative TV series Yo Gabba Gabba mixes up modern-day music (and
bands) with groovy puppets and retro styling to relate simple but
necessary life lessons to anyone who watches. Viral videos often
circulate on YouTube and elsewhere of the many music, tv, and movie
talents that guest star on the show, but this is the first time that
fans can snag the original songs as performed by the Gabba cast and
special guest bands. This release (with hopefully more to follow)
includes the show’s popular theme song, as well as tracks by The Shins
(“It’s Okay, Try Again”), The Roots, Money Mark (“Robo Dancing”), and
Biz Markie’s hilarious “Biz’s Beat of the Day.” Cool.
 
Monday, September 13, 2010

Crowes trek through North America

Modern Rock Kristi Kates Crowes Trek Tunes Through North America
The Black Crowes, who recently released Croweology, their newest album (a double one, no less) of all-acoustic tracks, are in the midst of a North American tour to which they’ve already added more dates. The trek, which will take the Crowes through Knoxville TN (9/15), Austin TX (9/25), Albany NY (10/15), Toronto (10/27), and a quintet of shows at NYC’s Nokia Theater (starting 10/31), will wrap up in mid-December with a whopping six-night stand at San Francisco’s famed The Fillmore, after which the Crowes will take a well-deserved break...
 
Monday, September 13, 2010

Monty‘s maximum BBQ

Dining Kristi Kates Monty’s Maximum B.B.Q. brings new zing to Boyne City
By Kristi Kates
Monty Wilhelm, a 25-year restaurant/hospitality veteran, is a barbecue believer.
“Everyone loves B.B.Q.,” he states.
Wilhelm, who recently opened the Boyne City restaurant that’s simply been dubbed The B.B.Q., brings a wealth of experience to his role as new restaurant owner, and is bringing an extensive menu of barbecued dishes to the also newly-revitalized downtown Boyne City neighborhood. It’s a match made in barbecue-sauce heaven.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

Lollapalooza 2010

Music Kristi Kates One Weekend of Rock: Lollapalooza 2010
By Kristi Kates
After several travel-related snafus, our specially-commissioned Lollapalooza spies hit the ground running on Saturday morning in early August for the 2010 edition of the top-notch music festival.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

Tribute Bands

Music Kristi Kates All Hail: Tribute Bands take over Little River
By Kristi Kates
Tribute bands have been around for a few decades now, most notably
since Elvis impersonators started paying homage to “the King” back in
the early 1970s. Just what is a tribute band? Unlike a cover band
(which just plays the songs of a particular band), a tribute band
works to take on a larger portion of the band’s entire persona, from
the band members’ looks and personalities to the stage setup,
lighting, and set lists.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

Who Hit John?

Music Kristi Kates Who Hit John? Only the Music Knows
By Kristi Kates
Who Hit John? has made a lot of progress since the eclectic acoustic band began in 2006 as “three guys jamming in the living room for fun,“ as Who Hit John?‘s Dan McCartney puts it. McCartney, joined by fellow multi-instrumentalists Nathan Dannison, Nick Vander Vliet, Josh Keller, and Mark Duval, says that starting the project wasn‘t any sort of pre-planned notion - but was instead spurred by the simple enjoyment of music, and pal Dannison‘s, er, unusual brand of talent.
“We soon found out that my old friend Nathan played the fiddle like a tipsy raccoon, and decided we had a band,“ McCartney laughs.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

4Play: The Magic Numbers, Various Artists, Sara Bareilles. Ed Kowalcyzk

Music Kristi Kates The Magic Numbers - Runaway - 101 Distribution
A pair of brother-sister, er, pairs, The Magic Numbers are working hard to revive the ‘60s folk/flower-power era, from their dense, well-balanced harmonies (which, in addition to their configuration, often see them being compared to the Mamas and the Papas) to their groovy lyrics and subject matter. “Why Did You Call?” and “Throwing My Heart Away” are peppy and ready for a few tambourine shakes, while “Restless River” and “I’m Sorry” focus more on the instrumentals behind the vocals, but there’s a good balance of both approaches.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

Mike Curths

Art Kristi Kates Mike Curths: Art’s InsideOut Man Warehouse District gallery renovated & ready
By Kristi Kates
It’s been five years in April since Mike Curths “hung a shingle,” as
he simply puts it, and began what is now one of Traverse City’s
must-see, most eclectic art galleries.
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

The Rowe Inn

Dining Kristi Kates Bienvenue! A touch of Provence inspires The Rowe Inn
By Kristi Kates
You‘ll find some of Northern Michigan‘s most cherished dining traditions at The Rowe Inn in Ellsworth -- a restaurant that pioneered fine dining, ethnic foods and the “fresh is best“ ideals in the region.
“I grew up in my parent’s restaurant, starting as a dishwasher at the age of 10,“ The Rowe Inn‘s proprietor Albert “Wes“ Westhoven says. “My father was a gifted chef committed to the concept of ‘fresh and from scratch,‘ and I learned my cooking skills from him.“
 
Monday, August 30, 2010

Bliss Polo Club

Features Kristi Kates The Galloping Game: Horsing around with the Bliss Polo Club
By Kristi Kates
“We have all sought the state of being that is bliss,“ Mason Lampton explains of his love of polo and the North. “I found it in Michigan.“
Georgia resident Lampton, who purchased a farm in Bliss three years ago, has brought something to the region that few have had the chance to experience - namely, the newly-established Bliss Polo Club.
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Arvel Bird‘s violin journey

Music Kristi Kates Arvel Bird’s Violin Journey
By Kristi Kates
The dulcet sounds of the violin are perhaps not usually thought of as being part of Native American musical culture. But musician Arvel Bird is drawing on little-known history to bring native violin sounds into the spotlight.
“You’re right - it’s not well-known as an instrument traditional to natives,” Bird explains, “but I understand that the violin was introduced to the indigenous people of North and South America beginning as early as 1689 by the Jesuit priests from Europe who brought the harp, guitar and violin so that they could have music for Mass on Sundays. So I think it’s safe to say that it’s been a tradition for the last 321 years. Almost 13 generations of some indigenous people have played the violin.”
 
Monday, August 23, 2010

Rosanne Cash

Music Kristi Kates Rosanne Cash’s LIST
By Kristi Kates
Rosanne Cash worked with a number of guest performers on her new
album, The List. A covers set, her first, that was narrowed down to a
select dozen songs from a list of an “Essential 100” that her father,
the late great Johnny Cash, gave to her when she was 18 years old, in
order to craft the foundation of her country-music education.
 
 
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