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Letters 08-03-2015

Real Brownfields Deserve Dollars I read with interest the story on Brownfield development dollars in the July 20 issue. I applaud Dan Lathrop and other county commissioners who voted “No” on the Randolph Street project...

Hopping Mad Carlin Smith is hopping mad (“Will You Get Mad With Me?” 7-20-15). Somebody filed a fraudulent return using his identity, and he’s not alone. The AP estimates the government “pays more than $5 billion annually in fraudulent tax refunds.” Well, many of us have been hopping mad for years. This is because the number one tool Congress has used to fix this problem has been to cut the IRS budget –by $1.2 billion in the last 5 years...

Just Grumbling, No Solutions Mark Pontoni’s grumblings [recent Northern Express column] tell us much about him and virtually nothing about those he chooses to denigrate. We do learn that Pontoni may be the perfect political candidate. He’s arrogant, opinionated and obviously dimwitted...

A Racist Symbol I have to respond to Gordon Lee Dean’s letter claiming that the confederate battle flag is just a symbol of southern heritage and should not be banned from state displays. The heritage it represents was the treasonous effort to continue slavery by seceding from a democratic nation unwilling to maintain such a consummate evil...

Not So Thanks I would like to thank the individual who ran into and knocked over my Triumph motorcycle while it was parked at Lowe’s in TC on Friday the 24th. The $3,000 worth of damage was greatly appreciated. The big dent in the gas tank under the completely destroyed chrome badge was an especially nice touch...

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Monday, August 5, 2013

‘Nothing  for People That Age’

Heroin took a ‘good kid’ in Benzie County

Features Patrick Sullivan Smith said he learned that from Traverse Narcotics Team detectives, who helped bring a case against a 33-year-old Detroitarea man who allegedly sold Justin Smith the dose of heroin that led to his death on May 15. Charges that bring life in prison are pending against that man.
 
Monday, July 22, 2013

Intentional Act or Drunken Negligence?

Mystery still shrouds hit and run death of Kellyann Boyce Hurlbert

Features Patrick Sullivan Police reached over 400 tips in the case of the July 5 hit and run death of Kellyann (Boyce) Hurlbert, but all of that information from the public so far hasn’t helped investigators get any closer to solving the case.
 
Monday, July 15, 2013

Deadly Consequences

‘Bruiser’ accused of supplying lethal drugs in Benzie County

Features Patrick Sullivan The woman said she was best friends with Justin Smith, the Benzonia man who died of a suspected drug overdose and whose body was found on a rural road on May 15. She had talked to Smith that day on the phone. She had last seen him three days earlier, on Mother’s Day.
 
Monday, July 15, 2013

Remembering Kellyann Boyce Hurlbert

Parallel stories unfolded in Traverse City last Thursday afternoon.

Features Patrick Sullivan At F&M Park, under a gorgeous deep blue sky, a memorial service celebrated the life of Kellyann Boyce Hurlbert.
 
Monday, July 8, 2013

The House on the Beach

Home relies on a nonexistent ‘Shore Avenue’ on the beach

Features Patrick Sullivan When the Smiths packed up for the season in 2011 and left Northern Michigan for their homes elsewhere in the country, the building in front of their cottage was little more than a falling-down shack, something that had been there as long as anyone could remember.
 
Monday, July 1, 2013

A TIME-BOMB at the Straits?

Rally hopes to draw attention to an aging underwater oil pipeline.

Features Patrick Sullivan The pipeline turned 60 this year. It is owned and operated by Enbridge, Inc., of Calgary, Alberta, the same company that owns and operates a pipeline that failed and caused the nation’s largest-ever inland oil spill into the Kalamazoo River in 2010.
 
Monday, June 24, 2013

Neighbors Fear ‘MONSTER’ Motocross Track

Proposed Indian River race track has ‘whine asses’ complaining

Features Patrick Sullivan Hall wants to build a world-class motocross track in Indian River that could include large spectator and camping areas and a club house for VIPs and corporate sponsors. The venue would host over 20,000 people for events including dirt bike, off-road truck and snowmobile races.
 
Monday, June 3, 2013

'A Perverse Potluck'

When it comes time to serve up meth, everyone usually brings something

Features Patrick Sullivan

The group of young friends decided to spend one day in February trying to mix up a batch of homemade methamphetamine.

Four of them -- Sierra Marie Clark, 19, Leland Allan MacQuarrie Jr., 21, and siblings Michael Wayne Bousquette, 22 and Michele Lynn Bousquette, 20 -- failed in their first attempt to brew some one-pot meth.

 
Tuesday, May 28, 2013

The Shadowland Bust

What makes ‘one-pot’ meth such a problem is how easy it is to make

Features Patrick Sullivan Pills are ground up, batteries are stripped of metal, lighter fluid is thrown in. Everything is put into a plastic bottle and shaken up into a reddish slurry. When the bottle is opened the concoction may stink of rotten eggs. At the end, if it works, you get a little bit of powder that can be smoked on a piece of tin foil.
 
Monday, May 20, 2013

Drivers Wanted

Disabled Vets could use some helping hands behind the wheel

Features Patrick Sullivan

A couple of volunteers are looking for more volunteers to help get veterans in need of medical treatment to their destinations.

In January, the Grand Traverse Area Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 38 took over a program that provides vets free transportation to Veterans Administration hospitals in Saginaw, Ann Arbor and Detroit.

 
Monday, May 13, 2013

Felonies Way Up

Is it because there’s a new hard-charging prosecutor in town?

Features Patrick Sullivan

Blue and orange-clad Pugsley Correctional Facility inmates were once a rare sight inside the circuit courtroom in Traverse City. Defense attorney Paul Jarboe, who started practicing law in 1982 and who handles retained cases and is on the court’s roster for indigent defendants, said over the years he rarely saw the inmates in court.

 
Monday, May 6, 2013

The Lost Boys

Author probes dark days of child abuse in Boyne City

Features Patrick Sullivan Just outside of Boyne City, early last century, stood a formidable square building, home to 100 or so wayward boys. Some of them were orphans. Some came from families that got too large, or lost a father to drink or death. Some came to Boyne City because of trouble they’d gotten into on the streets.
 
Monday, April 29, 2013

Criminal or Conscientious Businessman?

Murky med marijuana law puts Christopher Gee at risk

Features Patrick Sullivan Wexford County Circuit Court Judge William Fagerman agreed with Williams that Gee could be considered a primary caregiver, even though he was not a registered caregiver, who was able to hand out reasonable amounts of medical marijuana to patients under the law.
 
Monday, April 29, 2013

Lifesaver

A year after motorcycle crash, Jim Lumley still thanks his helmet

Features Patrick Sullivan The U-M study has prompted a call from insurance and medical groups to reestablish the state’s helmet law, but proponents of the repeal argue it’s too early to draw any conclusions about the data and note that last year’s remarkably long period of warm weather led to more motorcycles on the roads.
 
Monday, April 22, 2013

NO KNOWLEDGE? NO EXPERIENCE? NO PROBLEM

Northern Michigan transplant Andy Gale made recycling his life

Features Patrick Sullivan

After 17 years as a sales rep for a California engineered wood products company, Andy Gale and his wife Cindy took a year off, hopped in an RV and toured the country. In Southern California he missed the seasons. In Northern Michigan, he found them, and he and his wife fell in love with Traverse City and decided to settle here.

In 2008, he decided to look for a green career. He decided he wanted to start a nonprofit that would encourage recycling and donate proceeds from the sale of collected material to charity.

 
 
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