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Letters 08-29-2016

Religious Bigotry President Obama has been roundly criticized for his apparent unwillingness to use the term “radical Islamic terrorism.” His critics seem to suggest that through the mere use of that terminology, the defeat of ISIS would be assured...

TC DDA: Focus On Your Mission What on earth is the Traverse City DDA thinking? Purchasing land around (not within) its TIF boundaries and then offering it at a discount to developers? That is not its mission. Sadly enough, it is already falling down on the job regarding what is its mission. Crosswalks are deteriorating all around downtown, trees aren’t trimmed, sidewalks are uneven. Why can’t the DDA do a better job of maintaining what it already has? And still no public restrooms downtown, despite all the tax dollars captured since 1997. What a joke...

European-Americans Are Boring “20 Fascinating People” in northern Michigan -- and every single one is European-American? Sorry, but this is journalistically incorrect. It’s easy for editors to assign and reporters to write stories about people who are already within their personal and professional networks. It’s harder to dig up stuff about people you don’t know and have never met. Harder is better...

Be Aware Of Lawsuit While most non-Indians were sleep walking, local Odawa leaders filed a lawsuit seeking to potentially have most of Emmet County and part of Charlevoix County declared within their reservation and thus under their jurisdiction. This assertion of jurisdiction is embedded in their recently constructed constitution as documentation of their intent...

More Parking Headaches I have another comment to make about downtown TC parking following Pat Sullivan’s recent article. My hubby and I parked in a handicap spot (with a meter) behind Mackinaw Brew Pub for lunch. The handicap spot happens to be 8-10 spaces away from the payment center. Now isn’t that interesting...

Demand Change At Women’s Resource Center Change is needed for the Women’s Resource Center for the Grand Traverse Area (WRCGT). As Patrick Sullivan pointed out in his article, former employees and supporters don’t like the direction WRCGT has taken. As former employees, we are downright terrified at the direction Juliette Schultz and Ralph Soffredine have led the organization...

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Carly Lewis

Patrick Sullivan - June 20th, 2011
It was somber at the Dennis W. Finch Law Enforcement Center Wednesday
morning when police met with the press to tell them about the body they
had found and the arrest they had made.
Carly Lewis had been missing since June 2. A Facebook group devoted to
finding her had grown to nearly 4,000 members. Her family and friends
prayed she would turn up alive by Wednesday, her 17th birthday.
“We were hoping, obviously, this would culminate in a runaway, but it
didn’t,” Traverse City Police Capt. Brian Heffner said.
Instead, police and the press assembled to talk about how Carly Lewis’
body had been discovered buried in sand a couple of blocks away from the
police department and how a 17-year-old acquaintance admitted to police
that he lured her to an abandoned building and killed her the day she went
missing.
Heffner emphasized this was no ordinary case.
The senseless killing of a teenager has to be one of the most wrenching
tragedies that a family or a community can endure and Heffner said the
pain of Carly’s death was being shared by the police.
“Traverse City is a small community (although growing) and everyone seems
to know everyone. Our investigators grew up with Carly’s Parents, the
suspect’s parents and many people in between,” Heffner wrote in an
unusually personal message that accompanied a press release update.
“Police officers are trained to handle cases in methodical, precise,
mechanical modes -- often we forget they are human. Everyone in the local
Law Enforcement community is devastated by this senseless murder and our
thoughts and prayers go out to the Parents of Carly Lewis and their
extended family and friends.”

UNUSUAL STATEMENT
Just how close the tragedy hit to home for police was illustrated hours
later, when the Grand Traverse Sheriff’s Department issued a press release
about the suspect’s relationship with a deputy. The suspect is the son of
a deputy.
“This tragic event has taken from this community a family member and
friend of many people.  Our condolences, thoughts and prayers are with the
Lewis family,” Undersheriff Nathan Alger wrote.
“This is especially difficult for the Sheriff’s Office because of the
relationship of the suspect in this incident with one of our officers and,
because of the business we are in. The department as a whole is supportive
in whatever way possible to the family of the officer, not unlike any
other company or business would act in a similar situation.”
As family and friends planned formal and informal memorials, some visited
and left flowers at the crime scene on Beitner Street across from the
Traverse Area District Library, and many turned to Facebook to express
what they felt or offer condolences to the Lewis family.

PUBLIC REACTION
They expressed sorrow, hurt, anger and a deep inability to fathom the
reason behind what happened.
Some messages were from friends, like one who wrote: “Happy birthday
Carly! You never deserved any of this! You were and still an amazing
person! You wernt just a friend u were like a sister to me!”
Others were from strangers: “Happy birthday Carly Jean Lewis! My heart is
shattered I did not know you or your family. But you will always be in my
heart! I don’t understand. You were loved by many sweet girl! Rip
beautiful!”
Others expressed their anger at the suspect.
“I am pro death penalty... but, in this case, what would really be a worse
punishment? For a 17 year old boy to spend the rest of his life in
prison... thinking about what he did... or death? I honestly think that
life in prison would be worse. Just a thought.”

 
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