2010.02.10 Leon Shulters: This and that

Written by David Green.

Problems in the United States of America. The mess the United States is in today, did not just start. In the early 90s I wrote about increasing medical costs. Workers were giving up pay and health benefits to hold their jobs. Our big three automobile manufacturing companies have been using foreign made parts for years. When you say, “Buy American,” forget it. More foreign made parts are shipped in and more jobs are lost.

If you will notice, our politicians do not care about the working class people of the United States. They worry about the next election. Both parties are guilty, Republican and Democrat. I, for one, voted for a third party in the 2008 election. The Democratic and Republican parties have let the American people down.

Today’s recession will be harder to resolve. In the 80s we had lower medical costs, lower gas prices and we still had a lot of manufacturing jobs in this country. Gone are a lot of jobs and high cost of living are here.

The NAFTA bill was started in the George Herbert Walker Bush administration, a Republican. Bill Clinton, a Democratic president, signed it into law.

As for freedom, we are losing it every day with trumped up laws. In Toledo, Ohio, if you park on the lawn you get a ticket. The air bag and seat belt law—they can save or kill you. It’s the law, so use them or get a ticket. I have smoked since I was 12 years old. I smoked when I was in the Navy in WWII fighting for our grand old United States of America. I am 85 years old today, I still smoke and enjoy it. I didn’t hear anybody cry socialism when the government made it a law that TV was going digital. It is the law.

Both parties, Democratic and Republican, pushed the law through. It is outrageous the cost to the American people the medical profession charges.

The United States is going bankrupt by corruption and high costs, overpaid celebrities, C.O.s, politicians, medical professionals and the advertisement agencies.

– Hal Shulters

Lyons, Ohio

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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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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