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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    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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