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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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