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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

2009.09.10 Jason Ferguson: Pool fence law is good common sense

Written by David Green.

If it isn’t broke, don’t “fix it”…or “get rid of it” in this case. I’m seriously perplexed as to the reason our council officials want to so carelessly toss a pool fence ordinance that has served our community for years.

One apparent reason for voiding the ordinance is “if we’re not going to enforce it, we don’t need it.” In other words, to alleviate our enforcement and our responsibility, let’s just null it altogether.  Why isn’t the village enforcing its law?

Liability aside (I know that is hard to do these days), this decision should be centered on the safety of our community’s children. It’s my belief that the council of the past that created this ordinance prioritized safety as the means for its adoption.

 Council has concluded that no liability for incidents will lie with the village, whether or not this ordinance exists. But the village isn’t being asked to assume responsibility for accidents. Rather, they are expected to enforce the pool fence ordinance that is intended to protect the pool owner and other outside parties.

I agree with the notion that if someone is determined enough to get in, they’ll find a way. A fence is not 100 percent trespass- preventable. But it must be acknowledged that a fence certainly serves as a deterrent, and is a risky obstacle that poses repercussions if crossed.

As a few council members take it upon themselves to pass judgment on parents, my wife and I (new parents ourselves) understand that while precautions can be made on our end, accidents can still happen.

This ordinance is not infringing on personal rights. I’m a proponent of limited government, but this law that “governs our lives” is just a matter of common sense—for safety and liability sakes.

This debate should serve the community as an eye-opener if nothing else. It gives the public an opportunity to effectively evaluate our current village representatives and what they stand for. With an election in our midst, make yourself an educated voter, so that we in turn elect a level-headed and representative council, whose agendas are solely based on the betterment of Fayette and the general welfare of its citizens.

– Jason Ferguson

Main St., Fayette

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