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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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What‘s on the Tube this Winter

Jane Louise Boursaw - January 19th, 2006
You‘ve turned over the calendar, tossed all the junk food out (right?), and made friends with your treadmill. The only thing left to do is veg out on the couch with your favorite TV shows. Here’s a sample of what’s on the tube in the next few months.

NEW SHOWS:

IN JUSTICE (ABC–Fri/9pm): Dead men walking get a new lease on life in this politically charged series starring Kyle MacLachlan as a hotshot corporate lawyer who founds the National Justice Project. Jason O’Mara is the ex-cop who runs the operation, while Constance Zimmer and Daniel Cosgrove play the obligatory bickering investigators.

THE BOOK OF DANIEL (NBC–Fri/10 pm): This 7th Heaven-Everwood crossover stars Aidan Quinn as Daniel Webster, a husband, dad, Episcopalian minister, and...Vicodin addict who sees Jesus on a regular basis. But that’s just the tip of this dysfunctional iceberg, which also features a gay son and the embezzlement of church funds. Lord have mercy.

SOUTH BEACH (UPN–Wed/8pm): Babes, bling and organized crime take center stage in this soapy show about two Brooklyn-ites transplanted to Miami. J. Lo. is executive producer; Chris Johnson, Marcus Coloma, Giancarlo Esposito and Vanessa Williams star.

WHAT ABOUT BRIAN (ABC–March 2006): At 34, Brian (7th Heaven’s Barry Watson) is the last single guy in his group of friends. His best friend Adam was going to break up with perfect Marjorie, but proposed instead. His sister, Nic (Rosanna Arquette), and her boy-toy husband, Angelo are trying to have kids. And his married pals Dave and Deena have three little girls and can’t wait for Brian to join the club, although they’re not exactly sure why. Guess we’ll find out.

FOUR KINGS (NBC–Thurs/8:30 pm): The masterminds behind Will & Grace bring us the story of four childhood friends who wind up living together when one of them inherits a sprawling Manhattan apartment (hey, it could happen). Sex & the City with testosterone? We’ll see.

EMILY’S REASONS WHY NOT (ABC–Mon/9 pm): Heather Graham stars in this series based on Carrie Gerlach’s novel, which revolves around a list of reasons Emily creates to avoid making bad romantic choices. It’s a page out of Bridget Jones’s diary.

RETURNING FAVES:

PRISON BREAK (Fox–Mon/8 pm, returns 3/20): We last left the would-be escapees caught between a welded pipe and a hard place on their way to the infirmary. Will they pull off the big escape? We’ll know sooner rather than later, since fan uproar is bringing the dynamic duo back in March rather than May. Tense, violent, and entertaining, here’s another chance to see what all the fuss is about.

24 (Fox–Mon/9 pm, 2-hr. premiere 8 pm, Sun 1/15 and Mon 1/16): Jack is back! Or... is he? Another looonnnggg day begins for our hero, as season five opens 18 months after Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) faked his own death. Now he’s “Frank Flynn,” keeping a low profile as an oil digger in Bakersfield, California, where he’s shacked up with Spin City’s Connie Britton. He’ll once again battle international terrorism, this time in the form of an Eastern Bloc-based cadre of freedom fighters. Tony and Michelle, now remarried and running their own private security firm, help facilitate Jack’s re-entry into his old life. Returning are last season’s flame, Audrey, and Jack’s daughter, Kim. New kid on the block Sean Astin plays the fresh-faced leader of the CTU unit.
THE SOPRANOS (HBO–Sun/9 pm, returns 3/12): Tony, Tony, Tony... are you still poppin’ that Prozac? The mob drama picks up two years after Adriana was whacked, and there will be lots of twists and turns as our anti-hero deals with his two dysfunctional families – the biological one and the mob one. No, Christopher won’t stay single. Yes, Silvio will finally get a storyline of his own. That’s about all we know, thanks to series creator David Chase’s mob-like code of silence on any spoilers.

SCRUBS (NBC–Tues/9 pm): To reward everyone’s patience (waiting months for a new episode), NBC is running the series in two-episode blocks through January. The new year finds Turk and Carla contemplating parenthood, J.D. and Elliot attempting platonic cohabitation, and Dr. Cox being...himself.

SURFACE (NBC–Mon/8 pm): When the something-in-the-water mystery returns on Jan. 9, Laura and Rich are fugitives on the run from a posse of secret agents. Meanwhile, Miles and Caitlin’s friends go missing after a late-night swim at a bonfire party, and the Coast Guard makes a grisly discovery the next day. Will Miles’ friendship with “Nim” prove helpful?

INVASION (ABC, Wed/10 pm): Strange doesn’t begin to describe the goings-on in the sleepy town of Homestead, Florida. People are seeing lights in the water, then turning into zombie-like creatures whose main goal in life is to go swimming. Mind control, alien abduction, and government conspiracy all spring to mind. Guess we’ll find out as the series returns on Jan. 11. Be afraid...

AMERICAN IDOL (Fox–Tues/8 pm): Can’t wait to see Simon and Paula squabble like an old married couple? Your wish is granted on Jan. 17, as a new crop of William Hung imitators, Fantasia warblers, and Corey Clark troublemakers try to impress viewers with their stage savvy. Ryan Seacrest returns as host in his continuing quest to expand into every arena of the entertainment industry.

DANCING WITH THE STARS (ABC–Thurs/8 pm): If you missed last season’s sudden-death dance-off between John O’Hurley and Kelly Monaco, here’s your chance to get with the In Crowd. Drew Lachey, Lisa Rinna and seven other celebs pair off with pros for a weekly dance competition in this American Idol wannabe that’s surprisingly entertaining.

EVERWOOD (WB–Thurs/9 pm, returns 3/16): The fall season wrapped with Ephram professing his love for Amy, Bright steaming things up with Hannah, Dr. Hartman falling off the wagon, and Dr. Brown trolling the Internet personals. Bet the conversation around these dinner tables is interesting.

JAKE IN PROGRESS (ABC–Mon/9:30 pm): John Stamos hits the streets again as a hot-shot publicist to the stars who’s not nearly so slick in managing his personal life. The creators are hoping to inject new life into the show with old flame Charlotte Ross and new friend Dondre Whitfield.

THE BACHELOR: PARIS (ABC–Mon/10 pm): An American doctor romances a bevy of beauties with a boat cruise on the Seine, an overnight date in the Swiss Alps, and a special night atop the Eiffel Tower. Will this series finally see another couple-made-in-heaven? (Ryan and Trista ARE still married, aren’t they? It’s so hard to know.)

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES (ABC–Sun/9 pm): Still plenty of friction on Wisteria Lane, as the series picked up on Jan. 8 with Gabrielle planting a big one on Lynette’s husband, Bree sparring with her blackmailing son, and the mysterious Applewhites making friends with a bounty hunter. Ah, there’s no place like home.

Jane Louise Boursaw is a freelance journalist specializing in the movie and television industries. Read her movie and TV reviews on iVillage.com and KidsDomain.com. Visit her online at www.ReelLifeWithJane.com or email jboursaw@charter.net.

 
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