Letters 11-23-2015

Cheering From Petoskey While red-eyed rats boil fanatically up from the ancient sewers of Paris to feast on pools of French blood, at the G20 meeting the farcical pied piper of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue thrusts a bony finger at the president of the Russian Federation and yells: “liberté, égalité, fraternité, Clinton, Kerry--Obamaism!”

The Other Mothers And Fathers Regarding the very nice recent article on “The First Lady of Yoga,” I have taken many classes with Sandy Carden, and I consider her to be a great teacher. However, I feel the article is remiss to not even give acknowledgement to other very important yoga influences in northern Michigan...

Drop The Blue Angels The last time I went to the National Cherry Festival, I picked the wrong day. The Blue Angels were forcing everyone to duck and cover from the earsplitting cacophony overhead...

Real Advice For The Sick In the Nov. 16 article “Flu Fighters,” author Kristi Kates fails to mention the most basic tool in our arsenal during Influenza season... the flu vaccine! I understand you might be afraid of being the victim of Jenny McCarthyism, but the science is there...

Keeping Traverse City in the Dark Our environment is our greatest asset. It sustains our lives; it drives our economy. We ignore it at our peril. Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council (NMEAC) has submitted letters of concern to both the city commission and planning commission regarding the proposed 9-story buildings on Pine Street. We have requested an independent environmental assessment with clear answers before a land use permit is granted...

All About Them Another cartoon by Jen Sorensen that brings out the truth! Most of her cartoons are too slanted in a Socialist manner, but when she gets it correct, she hits the nail on the target! “Arizona is the first state to put a 12-month lifetime limit on welfare benefits.” That quote is in the opening panel... 

Unfair To County Employees It appears that the commissioners of Grand Traverse County will seek to remedy a shortfall in the 2016 budget by instituting cuts in expenditures, the most notable the reduction of contributions to various insurance benefits in place for county employees. As one example, the county’s contributions to health insurance premiums will decrease from ten to six percent in 2016. What this means, of course, is that if a county employee wishes to maintain coverage at the current level next year, the employee will have to come up with the difference...

Up, Not Out I would like to congratulate the Traverse City Planning Commission on their decision to approve the River West development. Traverse City will either grow up or grow out. For countless reasons, up is better than out. Or do we enjoy such things as traffic congestion and replacing wooded hillsides with hideous spectacles like the one behind Tom’s West Bay. At least that one is on the edge of town as opposed to in the formerly beautiful rolling meadows of Acme Township...

Lessons In Winning War I am saddened to hear the response of so many of legislators tasked with keeping our country safe. I listen and wonder if they know what “winning” this kind of conflict requires or even means? Did we win in Korea? Did we win in Vietnam? Are we winning in Afghanistan? How is Israel winning against the Palestinians? Will they “take out” Hezbollah...

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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.


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.


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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