The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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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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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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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.

2012.03.21 William Steinem: Guatamalan exports hurt its residents

Written by David Green.

Guatemala may not have enough tillable land to avoid starvation. It would have had almost enough land if its pre-1954 government had been allowed to restrict the growth of the banana industry and the cane sugar industry so more land would have been available to grow corn and beans to feed local people and not bananas and sugar for export.

But President Eisenhower freed these industries from holding back their plans for expansion of this export business and he also put control of the government of Guatemala in the hands of the Guatemalan army to prevent the communists from taking over the government. All this meant that these industries could take over Guatemala’s scarce land that would have been planted to corn and beans for domestic consumption instead of sugar and bananas for export.

The Guatemalan government is in effect allowing us to steal its citizens’ food by using the land that could have grown corn and beans to raise bananas and sugar for export instead.

We should stop eating bananas and try to get more sugar beets from the Great Lakes produced into sugar.

– William Steinem

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