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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.

2012.11.28 Jo Ann Singles Rotzien: Reader responds to letter

Written by David Green.

I would like to respond to the letter from Mr. Gary McMurtrie printed in the Observer on Nov. 14, 2012.

I would like to give my interpretation to some of the sentences in Mr. Gary McMurtrie's letter.

MR. M: "As a conservative, I go to great lengths to avoid outright liberal propaganda and outright ‘lies’ presented as news by MSNBC."

INTERPRETATION: I only listen to Fox News and Rush Limbaugh for they only report the truth.

MR. M: "I am however a subscriber to the State Line Observer and therefore was unable to avoid Rachel Maddow's viewpoint showing up on my doorstep."

INTERPRETATION: Mr. M is strongly suggesting that perhaps he should be Editor along with Mr. Green.

MR. M: "I have no interest in this particular newscaster's point of view, nor am I interested in hearing yet more of what passes for liberals as ‘logic’."

INTERPRETATION: America has evolved into a belief of democratic society as a result of the belief in compromise. I see no tone of compromise in Mr. M's comments.

MR. M: "Your smug editorial left no doubt as to which candidate your vote went to, nor which ideology you subscribe to."

INTERPRETATION: Why does Mr. Green's ideology (the study of and nature of ideas) bother you?  On the other hand, thanks to Mr. Green's ideology, you too may record your own ideology in the State Line Observer without complaint from Mr. Green. I would suggest that Mr. Green has taken the "high road."

MR. M: "I might remind you however, that Gov. Romney did in fact win the popular vote in Lenawee County."

INTERPRETATION: Why would you imply that the local votes supercede all other votes throughout the United States.  We are a  democracy, are we not?

MR. M: "Your editorial's tone certainly made you come across as a ‘very poor winner,’ Mr. Green."

INTERPRETATION: Labeling Mr. Green as a "poor winner" tells me more about you, Mr. McMurtrie, than it does about Mr. Green.

 – Jo Ann Rotzien

Adrian, Mich.

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