New Year: Make it a good one 2013.01.02

Written by David Green.

Moving into a new year always puts a person in an awkward state: looking back on the past and looking ahead into the future.

Many people will say it’s been a rough year that just ended. 2012 brought continued financial challenges for many families and not bright prospects for others. The country appears to be moving into an era where “good jobs” are becoming fewer. Instead, an increasing number of jobs are without the pay and benefits needed to raise a family comfortably.

Unions are being weakened, established professions such as teaching are being devalued, and employees are expected to do more for less money. We’re in an era where a corporation is considered a person, and the corporation has the money to speak the loudest to elected leaders.

On the other hand, many of us can cite numerous experiences that made 2012 a very good year. A marriage, the birth of children, personal accomplishments, new friendships—there are so many day-to-day events that make life worth living—and besides, consider the alternative.

Looking ahead into the new year, there are some obvious wishes for 2013. The funding situation for Morenci’s schools, for example, must change to preserve the district’s viability. Fayette needs to make it through an expensive sewer project smoothly, in a time when the village is always short of cash.

Morenci has some excellent but empty industrial space on the south side of town that needs a new tenant—preferably one that requires a good-size work force. Fayette, also, has space to fill. People throughout the region would love to see an unexpectedly good resolution to the mystery of the missing Skelton brothers who still weigh heavily on so many people’s minds.

When this issue of the Observer reaches your mailbox, 2013 will already have begun. There are many factors and forces in our lives over which we have no control, but each of us has within the power to make our lives better in some ways. Make it your resolution to greet the day with a smile, to treat people kindly, and to do your best in whatever it is that you have to do.

  • Girls.on.ride
    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
  • Funcolor
    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
  • KayseInField
    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.

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