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Letters 10-27-2014

Paging Doctor Dan: The doctor’s promise to repeal Obamacare reminds me of the frantic restaurant owner hurrying to install an exhaust fan after the kitchen burns down. He voted 51 times to replace the ACA law; a colossal waste of money and time. It’s here to stay and he has nothing to replace it.

Evolution Is Real Science: Breathtaking inanity. That was the term used by Judge John Jones III in his elegant evisceration of creationist arguments attempting to equate it to evolutionary theory in his landmark Kitzmiller vs. Dover Board of Education decision in 2005.

U.S. No Global Police: Steven Tuttle in the October 13 issue is correct: our military, under the leadership of the President (not the Congress) is charged with protecting the country, its citizens, and its borders. It is not charged with  performing military missions in other places in the world just because they have something we want (oil), or we don’t like their form of government, or we want to force them to live by the UN or our rules.

Graffiti: Art Or Vandalism?: I walk the [Grand Traverse] Commons frequently and sometimes I include the loop up to the cistern just to go and see how the art on the cistern has evolved. Granted there is the occasional gross image or word but generally there is a flurry of color.

NMEAC Snubbed: Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) is the Grand Traverse region’s oldest grassroots environmental advocacy organization. Preserving the environment through citizen action and education is our mission.

Vote, Everyone: Election Day on November 4 is fast approaching, and now is the time to make a commitment to vote. You may be getting sick of the political ads on TV, but instead, be grateful that you live in a free country with open elections. Take the time to learn about the candidates by contacting your county parties and doing research.

Do Fluoride Research: Hydrofluorosilicic acid, H2SiF6, is a byproduct from the production of fertilizer. This liquid, not environmentally safe, is scrubbed from the chimney of the fertilizer plant, put into containers, and shipped. Now it is a ‘product’ added to the public drinking water.

Meet The Homeless: As someone who volunteers for a Traverse City organization that works with homeless people, I am appalled at what is happening at the meetings regarding the homeless shelter. The people fighting this shelter need to get to know some homeless families. They have the wrong idea about who the homeless are.

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Thursday, August 26, 2004

SOAPBOX COALITION Empowers Northern Michigan‘s Young People

Features Andy Taylor Few people can forget what happened in the election of 2000. Even though it has been said time and again, only after an election that was too close to call did everyone realize how important each vote was.
What was most shameful was the fact that the future leaders of this country, in the 18-30 years old category, did not show up to the polls. Less than half of the 50 million U.S. citizens in this younger age range cast their vote in November of 2000.
 
Thursday, August 19, 2004

Escanaba Firing Line Seek to Fill Void in Northern Michigan Music on New CD

Music Andy Taylor Being in Grand Rapids for the past two years made me fall in love with the music scene that a large city can offer. There were many nights that I wondered why I wasted my time in Northern Michigan’s almost non-existent underground rock scene instead of heading south for the GR-Kalamazoo area. Well, I have been pleasantly surprised to return to Northern Michigan this summer to find a growing indie-rock scene that is slowly gaining some ground on its southern counterparts.
 
Thursday, August 19, 2004

Otep Aims to Unleash Madness and Genius in TC

Music Andy Taylor Streeter’s Ground Zero will host the heaviest night of music that Northern Michigan will hear in the summer of 2004 on Friday, August 20. Headliners Hatebreed will be bringing the core of that sound, and their friends in Otep, DevilDriver and Throwdown will also be appearing.
Otep is one of the highlights of the heavy rock show, and the band features something rather unusual in the realm of hard music: a female vocalist.
 
Thursday, August 12, 2004

Smart Music for Smart People: A Few CDs to Study by while You‘re Hitting the Books

Music Andy Taylor One of the imperative aspects to the college experience is the music you listen to while you are living the life of an undergraduate. There are many great conversations to be had while gathered around the stereo and picking apart some old classics or the latest favorite. For some it was Neil Young, for others it was R.E.M., and still others (like myself) found Alice in Chains to be inspiring (many a night was spent discussing the guitar licks on “Dirt”).
 
Thursday, August 12, 2004

Campus Legends: Weird College Tales are Alive and Well

Features Andy Taylor On college campuses across the country there are always tales of horror, embarrassment, humor and of students outsmarting professors. Some of my fondest memories come from late-night gatherings of people swapping stories and telling tall-tales.
 
Thursday, August 5, 2004

Blues at the Bear: Sleeping Bear Dunegrass and Blues Festival Reawakens

Music Andy Taylor Fans of good music and good company will want to head for the lake this weekend for the Sleeping Bear Dunegrass & Blues festival in Empire.
Everything from bluegrass to folk to reggae is sure to please even the most hardnosed music listener.
 
Thursday, July 29, 2004

Rockzilla! Local Music Fest Features Underground Rock

Music Andy Taylor Outside of the bars and nightclubs that are frequented by Traverse City residents lies another burgeoning music scene that intends to make its mark on the area. The underground rock scene of Northern Michigan is in the midst of growth and, as part of that growth, will feature many of its bands this Saturday, July 31 at a festival being called “Rockzilla.”
 
Thursday, July 29, 2004

The Body DETECTIVES: 20 Years of Drug Testing has Defused a Once-controversial Practice

Features Andy Taylor Drug testing is similar to what some refer to as the “middle child syndrome.” Others call it mediation. Something occurs between two parties and a third is called in to go back and forth between the two. The third party can bear the brunt of the tension, and occasionally has to make like a referee in a boxing match. These people are the epitome of the word ‘misunderstood’, and of the old cliché, “don’t shoot the messenger.”
 
Thursday, July 22, 2004

A Changin‘ in the Wind: Splendid Havoc Switches Direction on New Album

Music Andy Taylor Seeing a band grow, change and evolve their sound is always an exciting thing to witness when you are a fan. Even though you may still be attached to their old songs, and maybe are a little scared at the thought of impending change, a metamorphosis in music is usually a captivating thing to watch happen.
 
Thursday, July 22, 2004

Stephen Duren‘s Leelanau Vision

Art Andy Taylor Artist Stephen Duren has been garnering a lot of attention for himself lately.
The latest exhibit from the artist has brought the eyes of everyone from Grand Rapids and back to Northern Michigan on him. His landscapes of the Leelanau countryside comprise “For the Land’s Sake,” an exhibit that can be seen through August 1 at the Leelanau Historical Museum.
 
Thursday, July 15, 2004

The World is Plastic: Ultra-Realistic Sculpture at Dennos Museum

Art Andy Taylor Within the annals of the National Basketball Association’s history there is an amusing story about one of its most revered players. The legendary Michael Jordan was in Milwaukee one day for a game and went to check in at the arena when he was snubbed by one of its employees: a security guard who goes by the name of ‘Art.’
 
Thursday, July 8, 2004

Marketing Mike Moran: Local Songwriter Finds Hustle as Important as the Music

Music Andy Taylor Over the past year, Traverse City’s own Mike Moran has been given an education by the roiling tempest known as the music business -- more specifically by the local scene. “Traverse City is a great place to learn how to get rejected and how to take criticism and to learn how to play in front of a crowd,” Moran says when asked about the past year of his career.
 
Thursday, July 8, 2004

Bart‘s Texas-style BBQ Offers a Taste of the West

Features Andy Taylor Right across from the Park Place Hotel in downtown Traverse City, a new parking garage welcomes newcomers. Along with this urban landmark comes another eye catcher: Bart’s Texas Style BBQ is a restaurant that opened its doors this spring in a ground level section of the building.
 
Thursday, July 8, 2004

The Enlightened Punk: Former Drug Addict, Current Buddhist Author Comes to Northern Michigan

Features Andy Taylor Very few people can claim to have traveled a road that takes them from being a drug-addicted, teenage punk-rocker to a well-adjusted adult with a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. Even more unique is Noah Levine, who has walked this path, but also teaches Buddhist thought and meditation.
 
Thursday, June 24, 2004

Part Two: The ROOF of the EARTH... Northern Michigan Climbers are Spotted all Over the World

Features Andy Taylor Rock climbing in Traverse City is like cattle driving in Los Angeles.
Northern Michigan is a rather unlikely place of residence for four men whose shared desire is to either scale the frigid nether-regions of Northern Canada or reach the peak of Washington’s Mt. Rainier. It is even stranger for people born and raised in an area with absolutely zero rock face to cultivate a love for the sport of rock climbing.
 
 
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