2011.03.23 Sally Kruger: Education funding

Written by David Green.

The education of our children should be viewed by all as a moral obligation.  Keeping our children intellectually prepared to compete with the rest of the world is one way our country will sustain itself. We are all aware of the challenges faced by state government, but short term solutions like those recently proposed will not correct the problem when it is suggested that money be funneled from education into the pockets of corporations.

Something just doesn’t seem right about Governor Snyder’s emergency financial management plan. He is threatening to take away a community’s control over the education of their children.

I have worked for Morenci Area Schools for 33 years and as a member of the community myself, I have watched as school board members have been elected and diligently scrimped and saved to keep the school district in the black.  The cuts Governor Snyder has proposed for education will push Morenci over the edge into financial chaos and turn our children’s lives over to some “manager” without a vested interest in their futures.

This is wrong and I urge you to stand up for education and the people who truly make the system work—Teachers, Support Staff, Administration and School Board Members who give their time and efforts for our students.  All these players recognize the difficult times we face, and if allowed to, they will work together through negotiations and budget cutting to make education work.

The hand of government is needed as a prop to support the efforts of communities, not as the crushing blow that will devastate one of the core elements of a community’s identity.  Please let your representatives know that your community wants the state to SUPPORT education not CUT it.

– Sally Kruger

232 Gorham St., Morenci

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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