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Letters 09-07-2015

DEJA VUE Traverse City faces the same question as faced by Ann Arbor Township several years ago. A builder wanted to construct a 250-student Montessori school on 7.78 acres. The land was zoned for suburban residential use. The proposed school building was permissible as a “conditional use.”

The Court Overreached Believe it or not, everyone who disagrees with the court’s ruling on gay marriage isn’t a hateful bigot. Some of us believe the Supreme Court simply usurped the rule of law by legislating from the bench...

Some Diversity, Huh? Either I’ve been misled or misinformed about the greater Traverse City area. I thought that everyone there was so ‘all inclusive’ and open to other peoples’ opinions and, though one may disagree with said person, that person was entitled to their opinion(s)...

Defending Good People I was deeply saddened to read Colleen Smith’s letter [in Aug. 24 issue] regarding her boycott of the State Theater. I know both Derek and Brandon personally and cannot begin to understand how someone could express such contempt for them...

Not Fascinating I really don’t understand how you can name Jada Johnson a fascinating person by being a hunter. There are thousands of hunters all over the world, shooting by gun and also by arrow; why is she so special? All the other people listed were amazing...

Back to Mayberry A phrase that is often used to describe the amiable qualities that make Traverse City a great place to live is “small-town charm,” conjuring images of life in 1940s small-town America. Where everyone in Mayberry greets each other by name, job descriptions are simple enough for Sarah Palin to understand, and milk is delivered to your door...

Don’t Be Threatened The August 31 issue had 10 letters(!) blasting a recent writer for her stance on gay marriage and the State Theatre. That is overkill. Ms. Smith has a right to her opinion, a right to comment in an open forum such as Northern Express...

Treat The Sickness Thank you to Grant Parsons for the editorial exposing the uglier residual of the criminalizing of drug use. Clean now, I struggled with addiction for a good portion of my adult life. I’ve never sold drugs or committed a violent crime, but I’ve been arrested, jailed, and eventually imprisoned. This did nothing but perpetuate shame, alienation, loss and continued use...

About A Girl -- Not Consider your audience, Thomas Kachadurian (“About A Girl” column). Preachy opinion pieces don’t change people’s minds. Example: “My view on abortion changed…It might be time for the rest of the country to catch up.” Opinion pieces work best when engaging the reader, not directing the reader...

Disappointed I am disappointed with the tone of many of the August 31 responses to Colleen Smith’s Letter to the Editor from the previous week. I do not hold Ms. Smith’s opinion; however, if we live in a diverse community, by definition, people will hold different views, value different things, look and act different from one another...

Free Will To Love I want to start off by saying I love Northern Express. It is well written, unbiased and always a pleasure to read. I am sorry I missed last month’s article referred to in the Aug. 24 letter titled, “No More State Theater.”

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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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