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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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