2008.10.01 Mary Gautz: Prop. 2

Written by David Green.

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s going to be an exciting election. An election like no other. But in Michigan, Nov. 4 is going to be about much more than Obama vs. McClain. Another issue needs careful thought, independent research and bears tremendous impact. Have you looked carefully at Proposal 2?

It’s big, and very relevant. It’s about using embryonic stem cells for research in Michigan, and opening up the floodgates for all kinds of possibilities. Many of them are kind of scary. It will allow for unregulated, unrestricted experimentation on human embryos. This is one of those ethical, life and death proposals. Don’t let it take you by surprise on the ballot.

I am writing to invite you, with urgency, to do your own research. Carefully read the proposal and educate yourself on the key points and definitions. There are three kinds of stem cells: adult, embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells. You will need to have an understanding of each and realize what the implications are, in order to make an informed decision. Google some key words, check out the website MiCause.com for more information, talk to your pastor.

This is NOT another debate about science vs. faith. This is NOT an occasion of the religious interfering with a cure. There are, and have been, very science friendly and ethical healing options. Know what those are. Find out about “umbilical cord blood” and all its healing stem cells, which are discarded every day in hospitals across our state. There are many common sense options for stem cell use apart from destroying embryos. Let’s use them.

Don’t let the McCain and Obama hype distract you from understanding the whole ballot. And all that is at stake in Michigan.

– Mary Marsh Gautz

Oak Street, Morenci

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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
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    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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