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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

2009.03.25 Russ Davis: Tax on cigarettes

Written by David Green.

President Obama said while campaigning, “I can make a firm pledge. Under my plan, no family making less than $250,000 a year will see any form of tax increase. Not your income tax, not your payroll tax, not your capital gains taxes, not ANY of your taxes.”

Oh, really? So would someone like to explain to me why there's going to be a 61 cent per pack increase on cigarettes come April 1st? You see, I don’t make over $250,000 a year but yet I smoke. So should I get with the IRS and find out what kind of form I need to file to be exempt from the tax increase??

A lot of people grumble about smokers, but who does the government go after for extra money?

If there’s going to be a tax to help fund uninsured children then so be it. Let’s see a tax on dairy products. Yeah, I'd still gripe and moan about it, but at least it would be more evenly distributed among everyone and not just smokers. Every time the Government gets their mammaries caught in a part of an old washing machine it seems they take it out on the smokers. Didn’t anyone learn anything when the wonderful State of Michigan thought they were going to balance the budget on the backs of smokers?? The difference now is it's going to be a FEDERAL tax which means we can’t merrily skip over the borders to escape the increase.

“Well you could just quit smoking.” Yeah, I could. In fact I tried quitting cold turkey, but to no avail. I still found myself back at the deli counter. I even tried the patch, but that didn’t do any good because I could never keep it lit.

I just had a thought. With NAFTA I wonder how much cigarettes cost in Mexico??

Hey, did you feel that draft up your pant leg? Yup, it was smoke being blown from Washington.


– Russell Davis

W. Weston Rd., Morenci

 

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