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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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