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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.

2009.12.02 Judy Whaley: Frustrated with America's leaders

Written by David Green.

I have gotten so frustrated by the things going on in America. But what can one do here in the Fayette/Morenci area? Christians can pray every day for America.

I have listened to TV and radio programs about how America was born through our founding fathers and their faith in God. Our children are no longer being taught in school the who, what and why of our country. Do people realize that Thanksgiving Day was actually created as a spiritual holiday? For most, the celebration has taken over the reason for the day, much the same way as it has for Christmas.

I read an article the other day by the Prime Minister of Australia, Kevin Rudd, and it says it all. He started out by saying immigrants have to adapt to Australians. He is tired of his country worrying about whether immigrants (individuals or culture) are being offended. The culture in Australia has been developed over two centuries of struggles, trials and victories by millions of men and women who have sought freedom.

He goes on to say that in Australia they speak English and if you want to be a part of Australian society you have to learn to speak English. The article said that most Australians believe in God and that this is not some Christian, right wing, political push, but a fact, because Christian men and women founded their nation on Christian principles, which is clearly documented. They can display it on the walls of their schools.

He feels if God offends you, then you should consider another part of the world as your new home, because God is a part of the culture there. If you don’t like their flag, their pledge, their Christian beliefs or their way of life, he encourages you to use another Australian freedom—that of the right to leave.

Why can’t our leaders in our government take a similar stand on these issues? Why have we gotten so far away from that which America was founded and why?

Wake up, America! We need to take our country back to the principles on which it was founded.

Please pray for America.

– Judy Whaley

County Road N, Fayette

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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.

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