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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    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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