Robert E Martin


Robert E. Martin is co-founder, Editor, & Publisher of Review Magazine, an independent publication of news, the arts, and culture, which was established in 1979. He graduated from Albion College & the University of Sussex, in Brighton England, and has also contributed to many statewide and national publications.
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Since the War on Drugs  (or Drug Prohibition) began back in 1971 under the Nixon Administration, United States taxpayers have spent over $1 trillion dollars and arrested 36 million Americans with zero return on the investment, as hundreds of warehouses filled with illicit drugs continue to spread across our country.

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One of the great attributes of music is that you're never too old (or young) to explore its magic and mysteries.  A perfect case in point is the recent formation of Blues Fusion, consisting of auto mechanic & owner of Nationwide Service Center, Bill Crofton on guitar; bassist by night and dentist by day, Dr.

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There are artists that like well-oiled machinery perform as well during the test drive as they do after logging 100,000 miles of road time, and artists that evolve slowly, more like a flower gestating within its pod that with proper nourishment reveals the full depth of its color.

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Certainly one of the more widely anticipated events of the summer season is just around the corner: The 2007 Labadie Pig Gig, presented by State Farm.   This Championship Rib-Cook-off is the setting for national competitors vying for the title of 'Best in the Midwest' and rib champions from across the country will converge on Veteran's Memorial Park in Bay City from August 2nd - 5th with numerous new competitors, exciting new tastes, and plenty of new events to add to this tasty festival.

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Frank Caliendo is one of those 'new breeds' of comic talents that has managed to absorb his influences well while creating a style that is both distinctive and clever. Blessed with a quick wit and a talent for impersonations, if you close your eyes during his act you can swear Robin Williams, George W.

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Suddenly it happens, out of the blue. In this instance, it was 10:30 AM on a beautiful Saturday morning. I was working on a deadline, as I have for 635 issues, hoping to finish up by early afternoon so I could go have lunch with Mom on the patio, watch the tulips wave in the soft, warm, and welcome embrace of a much-needed breeze of early Spring, maybe sip a little champagne and talk about local events, when the call came.

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Back in the fluid & freewheeling days of the early 1980s, when the local music scene had a broad divergence of venues to match the equally varied talent on the circuit, Loose Caboose was easily one of the most successful & shining groups in circulation.

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Rick Allen is an individual that developed a love for music at an early age and also managed to weave his affection & support for the people that create that music into one of the area's most successful business entities.

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The Goo Goo Dolls are a true Rock 'n Roll band, as reflective of their generation as The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith and Kiss were representative of their own, especially given the defining line of longevity.

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Not so very long ago the Tri-Cities was populated with a divergent chorus of more music stores than you could shake a drumstick at.  But just as the boom of the Internet, consolidation, and the growth of the 'big box' warehouses impacted small Mom & Pop businesses throughout the United States, so too did it take its toll on many smaller yet more specialized music stores in our area.

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As stated last issue, every year a media watchdog group based at California's Sonoma state University entitled Project Censored sets out through the course of the year to discern the big stories that the mainstream media either ignores, black out, spikes, or under-reports.

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As a member of the Saginaw City Charter Commission and Drafting Committee, I feel it incumbent to address allegations, criticisms, misconceptions, and outright lies concerning the final charter draft that have been perpetrated by biased reports & editorials in The Saginaw News in recent weeks, and  also uttered by uninformed critics such as Councilman Greg Branch, along with respected members of our panel such as Joyce Seals  who, quite frankly, ought to know better.

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On the national front, Democrats wasted no time in passing legislation to end subsidies for big oil and open new investments in renewable energy. With the January 18th passage of the Clean Energy Act of 2007, the bill would repeal $14 billion in subsidies and tax breaks for Big Oil companies in order to invest in clean, renewable, alternative fuels & energy efficiency.

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There exists a quality behind the musical alliance configured between a man and woman that carry a poetic power that are timeless.  Born upon the wings of Biblical mythology dating back to Adam & Eve, some of our most valued milestones in music consist of this seemingly simple pairing of the sexes - think of the jazz styling between Steve and Edie, or Ella and Louis; or the fragile folk of Ian & Sylvia; or even the early pairing of Lindsay Buckingham & Stevie Nicks before Fleetwood Mac discovered them, and the point becomes clearer.

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It was in the wake of the hanging-chad disaster of the 2000 Presidential election, when recounts of paper ballots in Florida dragged on for weeks and ended up before the U.S. Supreme Court, that Congress decided to address the issue of voting integrity.

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