Letters 10-24-2016

It’s Obama’s 1984 Several editions ago I concluded a short letter to the editor with an ominous rhetorical flourish: “Welcome to George Orwell’s 1984 and the grand opening of the Federal Department of Truth!” At the time I am sure most of the readers laughed off my comments as right-wing hyperbole. Shame on you for doubting me...

Gun Bans Don’t Work It is said that mass violence only happens in the USA. A lone gunman in a rubber boat, drifted ashore at a popular resort in Tunisia and randomly shot and killed 38 mostly British and Irish tourists. Tunisian gun laws, which are among the most restrictive in the world, didn’t stop this mass slaughter. And in January 2015, two armed men killed 11 and wounded 11 others in an attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. French gun laws didn’t stop these assassins...

Scripps’ Good Deed No good deed shall go unpunished! When Dan Scripps was the 101st District State Representative, he introduced legislation to prevent corporations from contaminating (e.g. fracking) or depleting (e.g. Nestle) Michigan’s water table for corporate profit. There are no property lines in the water table, and many of us depend on private wells for abundant, safe, clean water. In the subsequent election, Dan’s opponents ran a negative campaign almost solely on the misrepresentation that Dan’s good deed was a government takeover of your private water well...

Political Definitions As the time to vote draws near it’s a good time to check into what you stand for. According to Dictionary.com the meanings for liberal and conservative are as follows:

Liberal: Favorable to progress or reform as in political or religious affairs.

Conservative: Disposed to preserve existing conditions, institutions, etc., or to restore traditions and limit change...

Voting Takes A Month? Hurricane Matthew hit the Florida coast Oct. 6, over three weeks before Election Day. Bob Ross (Oct. 17th issue) posits that perhaps evacuation orders from Governor Scott may have had political motivations to diminish turnout and seems to praise Hillary Clinton’s call for Gov. Scott to extend Florida’s voter registration deadline due to evacuations...

Clinton Foundation Facts Does the Clinton Foundation really spend a mere 10 percent (per Mike Pence) or 20 percent (per Reince Priebus) of its money on charity? Not true. Charity Watch gives it an A rating (the same as it gives the NRA Foundation) and says it spends 88 percent on charitable causes, and 12 percent on overhead. Here is the source of the misunderstanding: The Foundation does give only a small percentage of its money to charitable organizations, but it spends far more money directly running a number of programs...

America Needs Change Trump supports our constitution, will appoint judges that will keep our freedoms safe. He supports the partial-birth ban; Hillary voted against it. Regardless of how you feel about Trump, critical issues are at stake. Trump will increase national security, monitor refugee admissions, endorse our vital military forces while fighting ISIS. Vice-presidential candidate Mike Pence will be an intelligent asset for the country. Hillary wants open borders, increased government regulation, and more demilitarization at a time when we need strong military defenses...

My Process For No I will be voting “no” on Prop 3 because I am supportive of the process that is in place to review and approve developments. I was on the Traverse City Planning Commission in the 1990s and gained an appreciation for all of the work that goes into a review. The staff reviews the project and makes a recommendation. The developer then makes a presentation, and fellow commissioners and the public can ask questions and make comments. By the end of the process, I knew how to vote for a project, up or down. This process then repeats itself at the City Commission...

Regarding Your Postcard If you received a “Vote No” postcard from StandUp TC, don’t believe their lies. Prop 3 is not illegal. It won’t cost city taxpayers thousands of dollars in legal bills or special elections. Prop 3 is about protecting our downtown -- not Munson, NMC or the Commons -- from a future of ugly skyscrapers that will diminish the very character of our downtown...

Vote Yes It has been suggested that a recall or re-election of current city staff and Traverse City Commission would work better than Prop 3. I disagree. A recall campaign is the most divisive, costly type of election possible. Prop 3, when passed, will allow all city residents an opportunity to vote on any proposed development over 60 feet tall at no cost to the taxpayer...

Yes Vote Explained A “yes” vote on Prop 3 will give Traverse City the right to vote on developments over 60 feet high. It doesn’t require votes on every future building, as incorrectly stated by a previous letter writer. If referendums are held during general elections, taxpayers pay nothing...

Beware Trump When the country you love have have served for 33 years is threatened, you have an obligation and a duty to speak out. Now is the time for all Americans to speak out against a possible Donald Trump presidency. During the past year Trump has been exposed as a pathological liar, a demagogue and a person who is totally unfit to assume the presidency of our already great country...

Picture Worth 1,000 Words Nobody disagrees with the need for affordable housing or that a certain level of density is dollar smart for TC. The issue is the proposed solution. If you haven’t already seen the architect’s rendition for the site, please Google “Pine Street Development Traverse City”...

Living Wage, Not Tall Buildings Our community deserves better than the StandUp TC “vote no” arguments. They are not truthful. Their yard signs say: “More Housing. Less Red Tape. Vote like you want your kids to live here.” The truth: More housing, but for whom? At what price..

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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.”


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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