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Letters 08-31-2015

Inalienable Rights This is a response to the “No More State Theatre” in your August 24th edition. I think I will not be the only response to this pathetic and narrow-minded letter that seems rather out of place in the northern Michigan that I know. To think we will not be getting your 25 cents for the movie you refused to see, but more importantly we will be without your “two cents” on your thoughts of a marriage at the State Theatre...

Enthusiastically Democratic Since I was one of the approximately 160 people present at when Senator Debbie Stabenow spoke on August 14 in Charlevoix, I was surprised to read in a letter to Northern Express that there was a “rather muted” response to Debbie’s announcement that she has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president...

Not Hurting I surely think the State Theatre will survive not having the homophobic presence of Colleen Smith and her family attend any matinees. I think “Ms.” Smith might also want to make sure that any medical personnel, bank staff, grocery store staff, waiters and/or waitress, etc. are not homosexual before accepting any service or product from them...

Stay Home I did not know whether to laugh or cry when I read the letter of the extremely homophobic, “disgusted” writer. She now refuses to patronize the State Theatre because she evidently feels that its confines have been poisoned by the gay wedding ceremony held there...

Keep Away In response to Colleen Smith of Cadillac who refused to bring her family to the State Theatre because there was a gay wedding there: Keep your 25 cents and your family out of Traverse City...

Celebrating Moore And A Theatre I was 10 years old when I had the privilege to see my first film at the State Theatre. I will never forget that experience. The screen was almost the size of my bedroom I shared with my older sister. The bursting sounds made me believe I was part of the film...

Outdated Thinking This letter is in response to Colleen Smith. She made public her choice to no longer go to the State Theater due to the fact that “some homosexuals” got married there. I’m not outraged by her choice; we don’t need any more hateful, self-righteous bigots in our town. She can keep her 25 cents...

Mackinac Pipeline Must Be Shut Down Crude oil flowing through Enbridge’s 60-yearold pipeline beneath the Mackinac Straits and the largest collection of fresh water on the planet should be a serious concern for every resident of the USA and Canada. Enbridge has a very “accident” prone track record...

Your Rights To Colleen, who wrote about the State Theatre: Let me thank you for sharing your views; I think most of us are well in support of the first amendment, because as you know- it gives everyone the opportunity to express their opinions. I also wanted to thank Northern Express for not shutting down these types of letters right at the source but rather giving the community a platform for education...

No Role Model [Fascinating Person from last week’s issue] Jada quoted: “I want to be a role model for girls who are interested in being in the outdoors.” I enjoy being in the outdoors, but I don’t want to kill animals for trophy...

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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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