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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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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

2009.10.21 David Blessing: 'No' on Issue 2

Written by David Green.

Ohio Issue 2 – What is it about? As you bring it up on a voting machine on November 3rd, it will read as follows: “Issue 2 - Proposed Constitutional Amendment to create the Ohio Livestock Care Board to establish and implement standards of care for livestock and poultry.” Is that perfectly clear? Probably not.

Well here is what it means in plain English, in my words:

Industrial Agriculture and their political ilk in Columbus and elsewhere are very afraid of your vote. If the issue of humane or inhumane treatment of farm animals in their animal factories around our state were ever put to a vote of the people, we would vote with our minds and our hearts. They do not want this to happen. Their solution—simply take away our right to vote!

What this means exactly is that if Issue 2 should pass, your right to ever vote on the humane or inhumane treatment of factory farm animals and poultry will be taken away. Your vote will be replaced by ever more government bureaucracy and regulations consisting of a panel of 13 politically connected individuals and cronies that will make decisions for you.

The privilege to vote for candidates and issues of our choice is the very foundation of our democracy. Our vote is one of the greatest freedoms our democratic country has to offer. Shame on those politicians and organizations who seek to take a piece of this foundation, a bit of our freedom away. Our forefathers fought and died to give us the right to vote. Our sons and daughters still fight and die today to preserve that right.

If you are not sure what I have written here is the truth, please ask any of your elected officials: “If Issue 2 passes on November 3rd, will it take away my right to vote on the humane or inhumane treatment of farm animal issues in the future?” Don’t settle for any song and dance or evasive answer, a simple yes or no will do.

Join me by voting “no” on Issue 2. Protect your vote.

– David L. Blesing, Sr.

Lyons, Ohio

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