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    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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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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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.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

2008.02.20 Leon Shulters

Written by David Green.

Our beloved politician’s State of the Union Speech.

Bush finally mentioned global warming. He has been against doing anything about it, afraid big businesses would quit donating to his Republican party.

Free Trade Act. America’s jobs lost at an amazing pace. Cheap manufactured goods flooding our markets.

Republicans started NAFTA. Old George Bush didn’t get the job done, Bill Clinton signed the bill into law. Republican and Democratic parties are both guilty of the North American Free Trade Act. Bad deal.

Social Security is an entitlement, so Bush claims. Working people pay into Social Security most of their lives. Some people die and never collect a cent that they paid in. Never hear about that on the news. Its not an entitlement, it’s a retirement plan. Most of our workers pay into Social Security all year. Take the cap off Social Security and everybody pays year round like most of our workers do. No problem.

If the tax break for big businesses was so successful, why are we heading for a recession?

Our highly educated politicians sure  have our country in a mess. Democrats and Republicans are both guilty. The Republicans cry, “I am a Conservative.” They sure know how to run the good old U.S.A. deep in debt. Why is there no import tax on foreign products coming into our country but our export tax so high? It’s been going on for years. Both parties are guilty.

The Bush administration has put this country deep in debt and lied about the war in Iraq from day one.

Medical problems, you have to cut costs. All I have heard in the last 20 or 30 years is medical costs are going up. Why so drastic? Doctor’s office calls are up 300 percent, hospital charges are outrageous. There’s no control on cost. Of course, I realize the American Medical Association donates campaign money to both parties.

– Leon Shulters

Co. Rd. 10-3, Lyons, Ohio

 

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