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

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
  • Front.rest
    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
  • Front.batter
    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
  • Front.green Screen
    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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