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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.

2012.04.25 Chip Connin: A national problem of immorality

Written by David Green.

Our nation has many problems, from jobs to debt to enemies both foreign and domestic. Many of our biggest problems are self created.  

The biggest is increasing immorality. As people decide more and more what is right and wrong based only on their own perspective, America declines, and we can’t legislate our way out of it. For instance, we have laws using a forty hour work week as a basis for benefits and overtime. So unscrupulous employers force workers to work off the clock, or lose their job. We have laws protecting whistle-blowers, so the employee reports the employer and is fired for some other unrelated reason.

It happens on the other side as well, with dishonest employees stealing from their bosses, or being lazy, or not doing the best job to which they are capable, or trying to “get even” for perceived wrongs the employer committed against them. Unions who brought us these un-protective protections have also degenerated to the point where work stoppages, time wasting red tape, and protection of a worthless minority of workers who don’t want to perform can cause good bosses who like unions to think about moving their business.

The point is, laws cannot protect us against our own immorality. Legislation much beyond what our Founding Fathers laid out in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, are either full of loopholes that an immoral people can get around, or create unintended consequences, such as the incremental loss of freedom and liberty.

We need to get back to the Truth that the vast majority of founders and regular Americans have always believed in. We need to live life and make laws viewed through the lens of Scripture.

Psalm 127:1–Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

2 Chronicles 7:14–If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

Another big problem we have is apathy.  Don’t be the person who justifies their own laziness by saying “All those politicians are corrupt and I can’t do anything about it.” You can. You can vote, you can write, you can get involved.

– Chip Connin

Main St., Morenci

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