2012.12.26 Mary Gautz: Society has devalued life

Very thoughtful perspectives in your editorial about the state of violence in our culture.  These are frightening and confusing times. Not easily explained or understood. Clearly, no one factor is to blame.  There are so many ingredients in this mess.  

I would add another that I believe bears some weight, in this thought provoking discussion.  That is how the abortion culture has impacted this society. How we have slowly and progressively devalued life. Starting with life in the womb. Abortion is mean, secretive, violent and destroys life. We have tried to pretend that it isn’t the same thing, but we were fooling ourselves. We hide it behind the word "choice", but abortion tells us that if you have a problem you can kill it.  

As a society, we try to fool ourselves at the end of life too. If we don’t see our own worth, if we not producing, if we are burdening others or suffering, we pretend that it’s okay (even noble) to kill ourselves. An act of murder on our own person. We pretend that it’s our right to live or die, or kill our unborn children, at whim. This notion is soaking into our cultural psyche, as surely as all those other factors that are so terrifying.  

May we open our eyes to the preciousness or life, the sanctity of life, the holiness of life, the beauty of life. In all its forms. And may those who are strong enough to protect others, use their voice, strength and resources to reaffirm LIFE and compassion. And May God have mercy!  

– Mary M Gautz

Oak Street, Morenci

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    NICE WORK—A spider remains at the center of a web, awaiting visitors, during a moist morning last month. The was built in front of Eagle Funeral Home in 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.