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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.

2008.10.22 Sybil Diccion: Prop. 2

Written by David Green.

With the plethora of Vote No on Proposal 2 signs around this area, one  might get the impression that either we have an abundance of very informed citizens or else we have acquiesced to the special interest groups in our town by allowing signs to be posted in our yards even though we haven’t read one iota of information on the subject.

What I find very disingenuous is that MiCAUSE, the organization  opposing Proposal 2 and funded primarily by Right to Life and the Michigan Catholic Conference, will not say whether or not it opposes  embryonic stem cell research. Did you get that? The spokesman, Dave  Doyle, said, “We don’t take a position on specific legislation or anything else.” “Instead,” said Doyle, “our group was formed to oppose the constitutional amendment and we only talk about that.”     (http://tinyurl.com/5dy6ee)

Please hear this. The very fundamental issue of Proposal 2 deals with stem-cell research and the largest opposing organization’s members are not willing to state whether or not they agree on stem-cell research?

This defies credulity.

So why aren’t they able to come out and say they’re against the research? After all, the groups that support them certainly are. “Turns out, that’s an easy one,” says Susan Demas in the Lansing State Journal. “Doyle and the other hired guns at Marketing Research Group are no dummies. Polls show about 60 percent of Americans back the research, including a majority of Catholics.” Thus, deceitful ads are flooding the media. MiCAUSE can’t win honestly so they will scare us with images of animal-human cloning and other goofy scientific aberrations.

What is fact is that of the approximate 400,000 frozen embryos currently stored in our nation’s fertilization clinics, many will be thrown away. What a waste when they could be used to create new stem cell lines and thereby contribute to life-saving medical research. A similar analogy (on a lesser scale, obviously) could be demonstrated by my preparing a sandwich but consuming only half the contents. Someone standing nearby might ask if he or she could have the remaining sandwich, but instead, I toss the other half into the garbage disposal. Out of my selfishness, I would rather discard that half than give it to someone who could benefit.

Before casting your vote,  be informed. Contrary to the ads, this bill won’t cost a cent. It is to promote, and only to promote, scientific studies and not to fund stem cell research. One suggested website is http://stemblog.net/?page_id=151

I, for one, will be voting YES on Proposal 2.

– Sybil Diccion

Main Street, Morenci

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