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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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Four shows to watch this fall

Jane Louise Boursaw - September 28th, 2006
There’s a good crop of new shows this fall, everything from high school kids to screwed up families. Here’s a sneak peek at four shows to watch:

1. FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS (NBC, Tues., 8 pm, premiere 10/3). Riffing off the 2004 movie, this show centers on the small, dusty town of Dillon, Texas, where people live and die by the high school football team. The townsfolk REALLY want the team to win those 2006 state championship rings, and well, that’s a lot of pressure to put on high school kids. They’re counting on coach Eric Taylor (Kyle Chandler, the “bomb guy” on “Grey’s Anatomy”) to pull it off. After five years as the offensive coordinator for the team, he’s been promoted to head coach, a job that includes playing therapist to the kids who come through his lineup. This isn’t another lame movie-to-TV translation. It’s like watching the movie all over again. It’s all about those tiny, fleeting moments in life that are way more important than the big ones. It’s all good, and so is this show.

2. HEROES (NBC, Mon., 9 pm, premiere 9/25). Everybody needs a hero, right? Or maybe you’d rather BE a hero. That’s the premise of this series about everyday joes who discover they have special gifts. A Texas cheerleader (Hayden Panettiere) learns she’s indestructible. A Vegas stripper (Ali Larter), discovers her mirror reflection has a mind of its own. A prison inmate (Leonard Roberts) wakes up outside of his cell. A gifted artist (Santiago Cabrera) learns he can “paint” the future. A down-on-his-luck cop (Greg Grunberg) can hear people’s thoughts. A young man (Milo Ventimiglia) can fly. And a corporate drone (Masi Oka) can move space and time. The ultimate destiny of all these folks is, of course, to save the world, because that’s what superheroes do. Throw in jealous lovers, corporate takeovers, drug addictions, dysfunctional families, and you’ve got another “Lost”-worthy show that keeps you hooked week after week.

3. SIX DEGREES (ABC, Thurs., 10 pm, premiered 9/21). Taking the Kevin Bacon theory into prime time, this show says we’re all connected through a chain of six people. In this case, the six people are assorted New Yorkers caught in a tangled web. Mae (Erika Christensen) is a free spirit who’s popped for indecent exposure after a night on the town. Her court-appointed attorney Carlos (Jay Hernandez) calls in a few favors and is rewarded with her phone number. Sadly, it turns out to be fake, so he tracks her down at her job – a hip nightclub he’s nowhere cool enough to get into. Outside the club, Carlos meets Damian (Dorian Missick), a limo driver who offers to get him in VIP style. Carlos just misses Mae, who’s decided to quit her job, but not before picking up a mysterious black box from the club’s safe. Oh, there’s more. Lots more. But I don’t want to ruin it for you. Suffice to say that all these strangers are drawn together by… coincidence? Despite the schmaltzy narration and love-struck doe-eyed characters (Thanks, Grey’s Anatomy. Really.), this thoughtful show makes you think about destiny.

4. BROTHERS & SISTERS (ABC, Sun., 10 pm, premiere 9/24). Think YOUR family’s got problems? Check this one out. New York-based radio talk show host Kitty Walker (Calista Flockhart) is heading home to Los Angeles for her birthday. Her dad, William (Tom Skerritt), is a conservative, Leave-it-to-Beaver type with a devoted wife, Nora (Sally Field). Thomas (Balthazar Getty) is the golden-boy son who never left the family business, but he’s got serious debt woes. Sarah (Rachel Griffiths) is a workaholic mom whose marriage to Joe is imploding as they deal with their autistic son. Kevin (Matthew Rhys) is an ambitious, gay U.S. attorney who’s losing touch with his family. And Justin (Dave Annable) is the troubled son, still trying to process his time as a soldier in Afghanistan. The good thing about these kinds of shows is they make us feel SO much better about our own lives. The bad thing about these shows is they’re so darn depressing. Life doesn’t have to be such a soap opera. Really. Come on, let’s see a little smile…

Jane Louise Boursaw is a freelance writer specializing in the movie and television industries. Email HYPERLINK “mailto:jboursaw@charter.net” jboursaw@charter.net or visit her Web site, HYPERLINK “http://www.ReelLifeWithJane.com” www.ReelLifeWithJane.com.
 
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