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Letters 05-02-2016

Facts About Trails I would like to correct some misinformation provided in Kristi Kates’ article about the Shore-to-Shore Trail in your April 18 issue. The Shore-to-Shore Trail is not the longest continuous trail in the Lower Peninsula. That honor belongs to the North Country Trail (NCT), which stretches for over 400 miles in the Lower Peninsula. In fact, 100 miles of the NCT is within a 30-minute drive of Traverse City, and is maintained by the Grand Traverse Hiking Club...

North Korea Is Bluffing I eagerly read Jack Segal’s columns and attend his lectures whenever possible. However, I think his April 24th column falls into an all too common trap. He casually refers to a nuclear-armed North Korea when there is no proof whatever that North Korea has any such weapons. Sure, they have set off some underground explosions but so what? Tonga could do that. Every nuclear-armed country on Earth has carried out at least one aboveground test, just to prove they could do it if for no other reason. All we have is North Korea’s word for their supposed capabilities, which is no proof at all...

Double Dipping? In Greg Shy’s recent letter, he indicated that his Social Security benefit was being unfairly reduced simply due to the fact that he worked for the government. Somehow I think something is missing here. As I read it this law is only for those who worked for the government and are getting a pension from us generous taxpayers. Now Greg wants his pension and he also wants a full measure of Social Security benefits even though he did not pay into Social Security...

Critical Thinking Needed Our media gives ample coverage to some presidential candidates calling each other a liar and a sleaze bag. While entertaining to some, this certainly should lower one’s respect for either candidate. This race to the bottom comes as no surprise given their lack of respect for the rigors of critical thinking. The world’s esteemed scientists take great steps to preserve the integrity of their findings. Not only are their findings peer reviewed by fellow experts in their specialty, whenever possible the findings are cross-checked by independent studies...

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Remembering Kellyann Boyce Hurlbert

Parallel stories unfolded in Traverse City last Thursday afternoon.

Patrick Sullivan - July 15th, 2013  


At F&M Park, under a gorgeous deep blue sky, a memorial service celebrated the life of Kellyann Boyce Hurlbert. Friends and loved ones remembered how the 29-year-old was as bright and sunny as the weather outside.

In what at times seemed more like a summer concert in a park, there were intervals of songs and funny stories and moving memories of the 29-year-old, who loved to dance, to tell jokes and to randomly send friends information about pandas via text message.

Her husband, Paul Hurlbert, remembered the joy his wife brought him, and also how she made him a better person in the five years he has known her.

“I have grown more in the past five years with Kelly than I did in the previous 23,” he said.

The service ended with a memorial ride when hundreds of people cycled across Traverse City, from F&M Park to Hannah Park, in a way that was said to be “the only way Kelly would have wanted it, on bikes.”

$50,000 REWARD

Meanwhile, Traverse City Police detectives have remained at work around the clock trying to solve the crime that took Hurlbert’s life.

The terrible hit and run crash occurred only a 100 feet or so away F&M Park, near the intersection of Washington and Railroad streets.

Even as the memorial service was about to begin, police announced the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for Hurlbert’s death had increased to $50,000.

As of Thursday morning, police had received 210 tips about the case.

Most of the tips are about vehicles with a little bit of damage, Capt. Brian Heffner said.

He said detectives welcome those calls and are checking out those tips.

Heffner said investigators also welcome the large reward offered in the case. He said investigators hope it gives someone incentive to come forward with the piece of information they are looking for.

“We haven’t gotten the tip that we’re waiting for yet, which is someone who definitively knows,” Heffner said. “Anything we can do to get this person to step forward helps.”

SOMEONE KNOWS

And that’s the thing about the case. It seems almost certain there is someone out there who knows something that could solve it.

Perhaps it is a person who knows something and doesn’t believe it’s significant.

It might be about something they saw on Washington Street around the time of the crash, which occurred at around 1:56 a.m., or it might be someone who noticed a dark or silver colored SUV or pickup truck with front-end damage, particularly on the passenger side.

Perhaps someone knows something they are afraid to come forward about, something about a friend or relative whose actions that early morning are difficult to explain or are suspicious.

Heffner also announced this week that detectives received information about a silver SUV being involved in the crash. That doesn’t rule out the possibility it was a dark colored SUV or pickup, however, police have merely expanded the scope of their search.

The detectives assigned to the case can be reached at 231-995-5152 or tipsters may remain anonymous by calling the Silent Observers at 231-947-TIPS (8477).

 
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