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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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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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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    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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