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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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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

2012.02.15 Chipper Connin: Compromise is a problem

Written by David Green.

Compromise (not a lack of) is one of America’s biggest problems. Slavery was accepted in our founding by one vote. Because of that compromise millions have suffered. This happened again when the Church compromised with Darwinists instead of standing firm on Genesis, and so had no defense in the Scopes trial. Because of that, evolution was allowed to be taught in our schools.

Then because of compromise with the liberal Atheists, God was kicked out of our schools in 1962. In 1963 S.A.T. scores dropped by 80 points and have never recovered, America began hemorrhaging jobs, and picking up increasing debt to make up for it. Then our increasingly liberal judges and media said abortion was okay in the 1970s and the downhill moral slope increased. Today we see abortion, gay marriage and hate crimes laws, as well as increasing legislation taking ever more rights and liberties away.  

Yes, Jesus is about love, but not about compromise, or coexistence with false doctrines. Our troubles stem from the Church sitting back silently while being told where they can speak and even told that politics is taboo from the pulpit. We need to allow our pastors to speak freely without worrying about the Church’s tax exempt status being put in jeopardy.   

In short we need our lawmakers to take a stand for Judeo-Christian values.  If the courts get in the way, remove the judges. They are not appointed for life, only for the term of good behavior.  

We need to quit compromising our principles in the ballot box and voting for who we think is electable, and instead vote first for those whose values represent those of our Christian (the vast majority were) founding fathers.

Then if multiple candidates fill that role, look at who is most electable. When we compromise on this, we end up with “moderates” in office. These are people who have no real foundational beliefs and so won’t stand up for the Constitution and our Nation. They perform poorly and so we lose the next election and continue the downward slide. It is much better to vote based on what is right and maybe lose an election to the other side than to put moderates in office and continue to make the problem worse. Maybe a few lost elections will wake people up. Stand for something people! Quit compromising with the enemies of the Constitution! 

– Chipper L. Connin 

W. Main St., Morenci

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