2008.05.21 Diane Molitierno

Written by David Green.

While I don’t reside within the city limits, I have been a part of this community for my entire life and I care about it as a result. After reading about the last city council meeting, I found myself concerned about how some council members are making decisions and what those decisions are based on, such as the decision to refuse alcohol permits.

Allowing alcohol in the park attracts softball teams and weekend-long tournaments. This brings money into the city, these teams buy gas, food, snacks and more when they come to town. Whether we approve or not, being allowed to have alcohol in the park is a deal-breaker for many teams. Chief Weeks reported no problems with those that gathered in the area that permitted alcohol. Why weren’t these points relevant in the final decision?

I’m not sure what the precise duties of a council member are, but I imagine it has something to do with making decisions that benefit the city. I would guess it would involve looking out for the local economy, city beautification, minimizing crime, maximizing safety, and similar matters. The decision made to ban alcohol from the park appears to be based on personal and religious reasons. I’m fairly certain it is not council’s job to act as the community’s moral compass.

If council wants to ban alcohol from the park, I encourage them to find a legitimate reason. I’m sure there are at least a few that don’t include making absurd assumptions about why people consume alcohol. Why people drink is not the issue. What’s best for the city is, or should be. Allowing alcohol in the park benefits local business and hasn’t caused any problems for our law enforcement. There is a reason that this country recognizes a separation of Church and State and this is an excellent example of the reason. I applaud those council members who could separate the two.

– Diane Molitierno

Morenci Road, Morenci

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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    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
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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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    BEVY OF BALLS—Stair District Library Summer Reading Program VolunTeens, including Libby Rorick, back left and Ty Kruse, back right, threw a dozen inflatable soccer balls into the crowd during a reading of “Sergio Saves the Game.” The sports-themed program continues on Wednesdays through July 27.
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