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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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

2010.10.27 Leon Shulters: The state of things

Written by David Green.

This is my opinion of the mess the United States is in today.

The middle class wages have been stagnant for years. Jobs are going overseas by the thousands. I blame both parties, Democrats and Republicans.

This mess in the United States did not just start. If you will notice, the news media will never mention the loss of jobs gone overseas. Evidently, the politicians do not want the American public to know the real trouble we are in. Our overpaid economists will tell you how great our economy is.

Inflation is still going up. Low wages, high cost of living, gas prices are up, and as for the big three automotive companies, they have been using foreign made parts for years. After the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) bill was signed into law, it opened the door for more foreign made parts to be shipped into our country. More jobs were lost. Both parties—Democrats and Republicans—are guilty of the NAFTA bill.

I get a big kick when two top Republicans, Mitch McConnell and John Boehner, cry Obama is raising taxes and losing jobs. Republicans say we can’t afford it, running the country deep into debt. The Republicans seem to forget they had eight years of full control of the country.

When we had a financial collapse, the Bush administration created two wars, ran the country deep into debt and paid out the first $350 billion of the stimulus money to big businesses. Obama froze Social Security for two years, claiming inflation was under control. I don’t think so.

A large number of overpaid personnel in the country are slowly running our country deeper in debt. Bureaucrats, education, advertising industry and celebrities. The pay structure in our country is way off balance.

Explain to me why, with our supposedly highly educated politicians, our country keeps going deeper in debt.

– Leon Shulters

County Road 10-3, Lyons, Ohio

 

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