2007.09.12 Maxine Redlawski

Written by David Green.

I came back to Morenci for a visit. In the past 20 years I have been seeing a steady decline in the city of Morenci. There used to be two grocery stores, a dime store, two hardware stores and other businesses here.

As time has gone by, the businesses have gone and the city has become bare. There were many restaurants and places for the teenagers to go. Now I see many empty stores in need of repair.

There were two bowling alleys and now the one bowling alley here has all it can do to stay open because the citizens of Morenci have chosen to spend their money elsewhere.

I remember growing up here and loving my hometown. Now I look at it and wonder where it has all gone. I can remember this town having two ice cream shops and a drive-in movie theater. Now there is one ice cream shop and an indoor theater that has first-run movies for $3 and yet not many people attended. By the way, where I live, movie tickets for first-run movies are $9 each and the popcorn is $4 for a small bag.

I live in a big city and there are lots of things to do, but you do not get to know many of the people there. In a small city everyone knows everyone and lends a helping hand. The city I live in is called the City of Good Neighbors.

But what makes a good neighbor are people who support one another. There are many small shops in Buffalo, New York, and many big chain stores. The problem with the chain stores is that they kill off little towns and cities of Morenci’s size.

Citizens of Morenci: Support your local stores, restaurants and businesses.

These places support your town and keep it alive and well. I live in the large city because I need to work, not because I wanted to leave Morenci, my hometown.

Take care of your city and help it grow.

– Maxine M. Redlawski
Buffalo, N.Y.
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