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Letters 07-21-2014

Disheartened

While observing Fox News, it was disheartening to see what their viewers were subjected to. It seems the Republicans’ far right wing extremists are conveying their idealistic visions against various nationalities, social diversities or political beliefs with an absence of emotion concerning women’s health issues, children’s rights, voter suppression, Seniors, Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid...

Things That Matter

All of us in small towns and large not only have the right to speak on behalf of our neighbors and ourselves, we have the duty and responsibility to do so -- and 238 years ago, we made a clear Declaration to do just that...

An Anecdote Driven Mind

So, is Thomas Kachadurian now the Northern Express’ official resident ranter? His recent factfree, hard-hearted column suggests it. While others complain about the poor condition of Michigan’s roads and highways, he rants against those we employ to fix them...

No On Prop 1

Are we being conned? Are those urging us to say “yes” to supposedly ”revenue neutral” ballot proposal 1 on August 5 telling us all the pertinent facts? Proposal 1 would eliminate the personal property tax businesses pay to local governments, replacing its revenue with a share of Michigan’s 6 percent use tax paid by us all on out-of-state purchases, hotel accommodations, some equipment rentals, and telecommunications...

Fix VA Tragedy

The problems within the Veterans Administration identified under former President Bush continue to hinder the delivery of quality health care to the influx of physically wounded and emotionally damaged young men and women...

Women Take Note

I find an interesting link between the Supreme Court Hobby Lobby and the crisis on the southern border. Angry protesters shout at children to go home. These children are scared, tired, hungry and thirsty, sent to US prisons awaiting deportation to a country where they may very likely be killed...


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Seven shows to watch this summer

Jane Louise Boursaw - June 15th, 2006
In the good old days, summer TV was a wasteland of reruns and more reruns. We were better off playing outside than watching rehashed eps of “Leave it to Beaver.”
But TV has grown up and so have we. Now we can plant our butts firmly on the couch all summer, smug in the fact that we’re watching NEW shows. Here’s a peek at seven shows that’ll save you from the trauma of all those camping and kayaking trips.

1. IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA (FX, Thurs., 10 p.m., Season 2 premieres June 29). Last summer’s witty comedy is back, bringing its unique breath of fresh air to the airwaves once again. It tells the story of four slacker friends who run a bar in Philly called Paddy’s Irish Pub. They’re always close to losing the bar. They’re always getting into scrapes. And they’re always really funny. It’s “Friends” without the drama. It’s “Seinfeld” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm” all rolled into one. It’s…ok, I can’t think of any other descriptors, so you’ll just have to watch it yourself and see what I mean.

2. HELL’S KITCHEN (Fox, Mon., 9 p.m., Season 2 premieres June 12).
Sick of all those namby-pamby cooks on the Food Network? Tune into this show and you’ll see where the rubber spatula meets the pan. Yes, you too can watch 12 aspiring young chefs be worked over by the, ahem, highly-opinionated chef Gordon Ramsay. He’s the culinary equivalent of Simon Cowell, dashing any hopes of glamour or stardom from their dreamy heads. Hey, it’s not like they don’t know what they’re getting into. Plus, the winner gets their own restaurant! As for we viewers, Ramsay’s boot camp style will either make you say “Check, please!” after the first ep, or you won’t be able to divert your eyes from this train-wreck of a show.

3. RESCUE ME (FX, Tues., 10 p.m., Season 3 premiered May 30). Denis Leary’s tour de force returns with the added bonus of Susan Sarandon as a love interest for Franco (can you blame her?). This gritty series stars Leary as Tommy Gavin, an emotionally-scarred NYC firefighter whose life makes mine seem like an episode of Lassie. He’s an alcoholic. He’s separated from his wife and children. He’s had a string of Fatal Attraction-like affairs. And he lost friends on 9/11. But somehow, this show is also really funny, thanks to the sad-sack people who surround Tommy every day. They’re flawed, complicated,
and real.

4. THE 4400 (USA, Sun., 9 p.m., Season 3 premieres June 11). Kids grow up so fast these days. One minute, Isabelle’s a naked 2-year-old standing in a doorway. The next, she’s all grown up, a beautiful 20-year-old played by Megalyn Echikunwoke (you’ve seen her before as the President’s daughter on “24”). And she just may be the savior of The 4400. This series delves into the lives of people who disappeared during the last few decades only to be returned in a group of 4400 by forces from the future. To get up to speed, catch Seasons 1 and 2 on DVD or watch “The 4400 Marathon: The Essential Espisodes” on Sunday, June 4; 13 pivotal episodes start at 9 a.m.

5. ENTOURAGE (HBO, Sun., 10 p.m., Season 3 premieres June 11). “Let’s hug it out, b**ch!” This hit comedy executive produced by Mark Wahlberg takes a look at the life of Vince (Adrian Grenier), a hot young actor navigating the vapid terrain of Hollywood with help from his trusty agent (Jeremy Piven) and close circle of friends: manager Eric (Kevin Connolly), half-brother Drama (Kevin Dillon), and friend Turtle (Jerry Ferrara). This show is the realistic yin to all the fake yang found in the gossip rags. And oh yeah, it’s really funny.

6. DEADWOOD (HBO, Sun., 9 p.m., Season 3 premieres June 11). Yowza! If you’re the least bit offended by foul language, you’d best skip this series. But if you can get past that, this gritty show from NYPD’s David Milch brings a #$&% realism to the western genre that makes “Gunsmoke” pale in comparison. Set in the late 1800s, it revolves around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota, where there’s gold in the streams, liquor in the heads, and pistols in the hands of all the black hats who stake a claim there. And lots of swearing. I mean lots. As in, Guiness Book of Records amounts of swearing.

7. THE CLOSER (TNT, Mon., 9 p.m., Season 2 premieres June 12). Oh no, not another cop show! Yeah, that was my first thought, too. But this show is surprisingly entertaining and a good alternative to TNT’s tired “Law & Order” reruns. Kyra Sedgwick plays Brenda Johnson, a crime-solver in a special LAPD murder squad. She’s an Atlanta native, brought to L.A. by assistant police chief Will Pope (J.K. Simmons, using about 30% of his talent). She shares some history with this guy. But the other detectives, including prickly Capt. Taylor (Robert Gossett) are not at all happy about this new P.I. in their midst. Look for TV’s best mom, Frances Sternhagen, to guest star as Brenda’s finger-wagging mother.
 
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