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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.

Roof Inspections: We're glad they're required 2013.02.06

Written by David Green.

Morenci City Council members voted last week to continue requiring inspections when new roofs are put on residences. It was a close vote and we’re pleased with the outcome.

A change in state law allows municipalities to decide whether or not roofing inspections are needed locally. It’s puzzling to know why the change was made. What is it about roofing work that prompted the change?

Did a legislator get angry about having to pay a hundred bucks for an inspection? Did a senator or a close friend get miffed about a re-shingling job that didn't follow code and he didn't like to be told what to do? Or is it only the beginning a larger effort to make other inspections optional?

The issue was presented at Morenci’s council meeting as a matter of personal responsibility. We understand that thought. Many citizens complain that America has become a “nanny state” that tries to get involved in all facets of life.

To us it seems as though there’s a larger issue involved than personal responsibility. Many people won’t take the responsibility of making sure the job is done correctly, and if it isn’t, the condition of their home will eventually deteriorate. That’s not good for a city that’s trying to maintain the quality of its housing stock, and it’s not good for someone buying a house and thinking it has a good roof over it. It’s comforting to know that if you buy a house in this town, any recent roofing work was done correctly.

People generally don’t like regulations and they don’t want to be told how to do something. Unfortunately, regulations are there in part to protect us from the scoundrels who will try to take advantage of us.

Are more attempts to increase personal responsibility on the horizon? Are there are other inspections that some deem not important?

We’ve given our opinion; what’s yours? As we said at the start, it was a close vote—just one away from repealing the city ordinance. Let city council members know where you stand on the issue.

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