November 2, 2006

Amendment 2 Debate Centering Around Question To Clone or Not To Clone

Before we vote yes or no on Amendment 2 on election Tuesday, many readers may find this information educational.

For starters, what is a stem cell?

According to Vitae Caring Foundation a stem cell is essentially a blank cell, capable of becoming another more differentiated cell type in the body, such as a skin cell, a muscle cell, or a nerve cell. Microscopic in size, stem cells are big news in medical and science circles because they can be used to replace or even heal damaged tissues and cells in the body. They can serve as a built-in repair system for the human body, replenishing other cells as long as a person is still alive.

Amendment 2 on the November 7th ballot is proposing a change to the Missouri State Constitution largely to do with stem cells. The proposed law change has become one of the most embattled issues as the election approaches as stem cell research proponents square off against anti-cloning arguments.

But what the average reader may not know is that the two sides of the debate are arguing a far wider number of issues related to the initiative.

Were extremely pleased that Missourians will be able to decide for themselves if they want to protect their right to access the same stem cell research and cures as other Americans, said Donn Rubin, Chairman of Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures. Some politicians in Jefferson City have repeatedly tried to take away that right, by proposing legislation that would ban and criminalize promising types of stem cell research and cures in Missouri. The Stem Cell Initiative will prevent any such unfair bans. It will protect the right of Missourians to have access to any stem cell research and cures that are allowed in our country and available to other Americans.

Members of Missourians Against Human Cloning (MAHC), one the groups spearheading efforts to defeat the amendment, are urging voters to say no to Amendment 2.

The groups mission statement calls the MAHC a coalition of individuals and organizations dedicated to promoting ethical science, advancing realistic medical treatments with adult stem cells and opposing the practice of cloning human beings for research purposes.

The MAHC is not alone in approaching the amendment as a cloning issue.

2Tricky.org, a website funded by the Life Communications Fund, says the issue does simply boil down to the question to clone or not to clone. However these opponents of Amendment 2 derived the name for the informational website from the belief that the ballot issue is written in such a tricky manner that the average voter may be confused. The group argues that the confusing ballot language may trick voters into believing a yes vote on the issue will ban human cloning. The group actually argues that passage of Amendment 2 does just the opposite, granting constitutional protection of cloning.

Amendment 2 only outlaws reproductive cloning, which no one in Missouri (or anywhere else on earth) is doing, 2Tricky.org states. Meanwhile, it protects anyone who wants to clone human beings for science experiments. Amendment 2 glosses over the issue of lab-created human life with complicated phrases like Somatic Cell Nuclear Transfer. But cloning is cloning, and Amendment 2 would put this ethically questionable practice beyond the reach of state law.

The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures says a yes vote on Amendment 2 does ban cloning while also offering legal protection for stem cell research to develop medical cures for diseases.

The organization argues that stem cells could provide cures for many currently incurable or common diseases and injuries, such as diabetes, Parkinsons, Alzheimers, sickle cell disease, cancer, heart disease and spinal cord injury.

These medical conditions affect hundreds of thousands of Missourians including a child, parent or grandparent in over half of all Missouri families.

Im pro-life. During my entire career, I voted pro-life, said former Senator John Danforth, the honorary co-chair for the coalition. I strongly support the Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative because it will save lives and because it respects the sanctity of life.

However opponents of the bill cite the lack of success found in embryonic stem cell research, which the amendment would allow, as compared to the more successful adult stem cell research which is already occurring in the state.

The to Vitae Caring Foundation states that adult stem cell research has produced 72 cures and treatments while embryonic stem cell research and human cloning has produced no cures and treatments.

This is a key area of disagreement between the issues two sides.

Stem cell research offers the promise of cures, the possibility of improved treatments for so many devastating illnesses, like Alzheimers disease. We in Missouri cannot stand to lose that hope. Please vote YES on 2 to help find cures and save lives, said Dr. Consuelo H. Wilkins, of the Alzheimers Disease Research Center at Washington University in St. Louis.

However Dr. Celeste Miller-Parrish offered a counterpoint in a recent letter to the editor in the Memphis Democrat. She stated I believe the Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cure Initiative is falsely representing its position of being benign, and necessary for our future health. It ignores the proven science we have in Adult Stem Cell research that already is making a difference in many medical illnesses. Developing embryonic stem cell research is a waste of money that could be used to further adult stem cell research, which is giving early results. Embryonic stem cell research destroys life at its earliest and most vulnerable stages, and continues the process of de-valuing life. If we pass this Initiative, we ourselves will become responsible for killing the most vulnerable of our society.

Still proponents of embryonic stem cell research point to the possible economic impact passage of Amendment 2 could have on the state.

The Coalition for Lifesaving Cures states that Amendment 2 does not ask for or require state funding for any type of stem cell research. The group says that in fact, it will generate new state revenues and quality jobs by ensuring that Missouri medical institutions can keep and attract private funding for stem cell research. In addition, the development of stem cell cures for costly diseases like diabetes would significantly reduce health care costs for patients and help reduce taxpayer-funded Medicaid costs.

A newly released study titled The Missouri Stem Cell Research and Cures Initiative: An Economic and Health Care Analysis, conducted by Joseph H. Haslag and Brian K. Long is being championed by proponents of Amendment 2. The study, was conducted on behalf of the Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures.

The Stem Cell Initiative does not require any state funding for stem cell research, said Professor Haslag, but its approval by voters will protect research and treatments that could not only benefit hundreds of thousands of Missouri patients, but also reduce health care costs and benefit our states economy.

The study reports that five of the medical conditions that researchers consider to be likely candidates for early, or embryonic, stem cell therapies and cures are Parkinsons disease, stroke, heart attack, spinal cord injury and Type 1 diabetes. It denotes that approximately 285,000 Missourians currently suffer from these five conditions with a total of 860,000 family members sharing the financial and emotional burden of the diseases and injuries impacting one of every 6.5 citizens in the state.

The report also notes that Missourians spend about $2.8 billion per year to treat the five conditions and Missouri state government is estimated to pay about $299 million of this amount each year, primarily through Medicaid.

If successful early stem cell treatments are developed for one or more of these five conditions, the health care cost savings to Missourians would be significant, Haslag states in the report. Under the most conservative projections, if an early stem cell treatment becomes available 15 years from now and reduces the total health care costs associated with Parkinsons disease, stroke, heart attack, spinal cord injury and Type 1 diabetes by just one percent, Missourians health care costs would be reduced by more than $150 million over the following 10 years.

But opponents of the bill are pointing to a money trail in the other direction.

Already the biotech special interests behind the deception that is Amendment 2 have spent $30 million; its an attempt to buy an amendment to the Missouri Constitution, said Cathy Ruse, chief spokesperson, Missourians Against Human Cloning, on the amount of money spent by forces pushing the passage of Constitutional Amendment 2. Theyve spent such enormous money because Amendment 2 is an attempt to deceive the people of Missouri into actually writing the practice of human cloning into the Missouri Constitution.

Opponents argue that the lawyers who wrote Amendment 2 work for giant biotechnology labs that plan to make billions of dollars by cloning humans for research.

The pros and cons from both sides go on and on. To read more about the issue visit these websites:

www.missouricures.com

www.2tricky.org

www.nocloning.org

Memphis Man Killed in Crash Near Arbela

A Memphis man was killed and another seriously injured in a two vehicle accident over the weekend in rural Scotland County.

According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, Harley D. Stone, 24, of Memphis was killed when the 2015 Polaris Can Am all-terrain vehicle he was driving collided with a pickup truck on a hill crest on County Road 456 west of Arbela.

The Stone vehicle was eastbound when it crested the hill and met at the center of the road a westbound 2001 Dodge truck driven by Christopher M. Chabert, 29, of Memphis.

Stone and a passenger in his vehicle, Jacob A. Blessing, 21, of Memphis both were ejected from the ATV. Stone was pronounced deceased at the scene at 4:40 a.m. by Scotland County Coroner Dr. Jeff Davis. Blessing sustained serious injuries in the crash. He was transported by Scotland County Ambulance to University Hospital in Columbia.

Chabert was not injured in the crash, which occurred at 4:00 a.m. on May 20th. Chabert was ticketed for driving while intoxicated.

The Patrol was assisted at the scene by Scotland County Fire and Rescue, Scotland County Ambulance and Scotland County Sheriff’s Office.

SCR-I Band to Make ‘Long March’ to Washington DC to Take Part in National Memorial Day Parade

As residents of a rural school district, Scotland County R-I students are used to long bus rides. However on Thursday, some three dozen SCR-I musicians will be boarding a bus for a trip that will exceed their bus mileage for the year, just one-way.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 24th the Scotland County R-I band, along with support staff, boosters and chaperones will be boarding a charter bus departing the SCR-I high school parking lot bound for Washington D.C. The public is invited to line the road to show the band support on its departure.

“Last minute preparations are well underway as the Marching Tigers are putting on the finishing touches on their performance,” said band Director Nathanial Orr. “You may even hear the band marching around town.”

The trip to the nation’s capital is more than 900 miles, with the group expecting to arrive on the East Coast  in time for lunch on Friday.

After the meal with tour manager Barbara Longnecker at Union Station, the group will take a tour of the U.S. Capitol before enjoying dinner at Bertucci’s Italian Restaurant. That evening the group will be treated to a parade at the Marine Barracks featuring the US Marine Band in full dress uniform.

Saturday will feature a full day of tours including stops at Lafayette Square, the White House and the National Archives Building, home of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

After lunch they will visit Ford’s Theater where President Lincoln was assassinated before touring Arlington National Cemetery to witness the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The evening will conclude with tours of the US Air Force and Pentagon 9/11 Memorials, as well as the Jefferson, FDR and Martin Luther King, Jr. memorials.

The nation’s history will be on display again on Sunday as tour members will visit the Lincoln, and Vietnam and Korean War memorials as well as the US Holocaust Memorial Museum before spending the afternoon at the Smithsonian Institution’s museums. The evening will be capped off at the National Memorial Day Concert on the west lawn of the Capitol. The event will broadcast live on PBS.

Finally on Monday, the band members will get to work, participating in the National Memorial Day Parade.

“The band will be performing ‘Colonel Bogey March,’ a tune featured in ‘Bridge over a River Kwai’,” said Orr. “The color guard will be wearing homemade uniforms representing a different branch of the armed services.  Each member of the guard has a connection as parts of the uniform they will be wearing are from the uniform of their family members.”

Orr said the parade will be televised on the Armed Forces Network as well as streamed on YouTube.com, Military.com or NationalMemorialDayParade.com.

“Due to time constraints and commercial breaks, there is no guarantee that SCR-I will be televised,” he said.

Later that evening, the group will visit the World War II Memorial and place a Scotland County High School wreath at the base of the Missouri state marker.

Tuesday, day 6 of the event, will feature a trip to Mount Vernon, before boarding the tour bus at 2 p.m. for the return trip to Memphis. The group is expected to arrive back home Wednesday, May 30th around 9 a.m.

The trip has been made possible through the hard work of the band students and boosters as well as the generous contributions of local supporters. Work began last May after word was received the band had received the honor of participating in the national event. Numerous fundraisers were held over the next 12 months to fully fund the more than $1,000 price tag per band member for the trip.

Larry Gieseke to Address 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services

Larry Gieseke will be the featured speaker on Monday as the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars hosts the 72nd Annual Memorial Day Services on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse.

The services will begin at 10 a.m. with Post Commander Lloyd Erickson and program chairman Donnie Middleton welcoming the crowd.

Veterans Floyd C. Baker and Mike Stephenson will perform the traditional wreath placement at the soldiers’ memorial on the southeast side of the courthouse. Fellow serviceman Bill Camp will lead the gathering in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Sonny Smyser of the Lancaster Church of Faith  will lead the invocation prior to the performance of the National Anthem by the Memphis Community Players, who will also provide additional patriotic music for the service.

Judge Gary Dial will again have the honor of introducing the service’s guest speaker.

Following Gieseke’s speech, veteran Jamie Parker will sing Sleep Soldier Boy.

Following the benediction by Smyser, the VFW members will present a 21 gun salute before the performance of taps by service member Melinda Briggs with ECHO played by Chris Kempke.

The service is open to the public. In case of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors at the VFW post.

Fifty-Seven Units of Blood Donated at Spring Blood Drive

The spring community blood drive held on May 8th at the First Baptist Church of Memphis resulted in the donation of fifty-seven units of blood to the American Red Cross. We would like to thank all those who took time out of their busy day to come and donate.

Of the sixty-seven people who came out to donate, five were first-time donors: Laura Carr, Reilly Shoemaker, Luke Triplett, Matthew Woods and Mark Zeiset. May this mark the beginning of a lifelong habit of helping others through this life-saving gift.

The following donors are recognized for reaching their respective donation goals: a one-gallon pin was awarded to Harley D. Saulmon and a two-gallon pin, to Mike M. Blain. Carol McCabe earned a five-gallon pin, Sara Frederick earned a seven-gallon pin, and Bruce Childress was awarded an eight-gallon pin. David M. Ahland earned his fourteen-gallon pin. Way to go, Mike! But, the greatest achievement goes to Larry Riney who has reached 20 gallons, which is equivalent to 160 units of blood. This is the average total amount collected from two of our community blood drives. Thanks, Larry, you are an encouragement to us all and remind us that even one committed person can really make a big difference. Let’s be encouraged by their commitment, knowing that we, too, can make a difference, Congratulations to all these who have reached their respective goals and to all first-time donors. Your much-needed donations are greatly appreciated.

Special thanks are in order to Lighthouse of Faith for their generous supply of homemade cookies, to Community Bank for providing sandwiches, to Pizza Hut for donating free pizzas to student donors and to J’s Food for providing orange juice to all donors. And a very special thank you to all the local Red Cross volunteers for making this event possible by serving food and drinks to donors and providing comfort and support to both the Red Cross workers and all who give. God Bless!

BABY CICERO

Mandi and Chris Cicero, along with sisters, Kara and Alexis, would like to announce the birth of Christina Violet Cicero, born May 2, 2018 at Capital Region Medical Center.  She was born at 3:19 p.m., weighed 7 lbs 14 oz and was 21 ½ inches long.  She is the granddaughter of Wayne and Terri Bulen, Stephanie Cicero, and Kelly Wiles.

BABY BUCKNER-DAVIS

Kira Stark of Kahoka and Dante Davis of Kahoka are the parents of a son, Trevon Land Buckner-Davis, born May 12, 2018 at 8:45 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Trevon weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 20.5 inches long. Grandparents are Dede Segovia of Kahoka; Steven Stark of Kahoka; Carissa Smith of Keokuk, IA; and Rick Davis of Keokuk, IA.

BABY HILL

Justin and Diana Hill of Bloomfield, IA are the parents of a son, Maverick Gabriel Hill, born May 5, 2018 at 8:06 p.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Maverick weighed 7 lbs 14.8 oz and was 21.5 inches long. Grandparents are Monty and Isle Hill of Bloomfield, IA; Jim and Linda Snowbarger or Marshalltown, IA; and Thomas Upton of Mediapolis, IA.

BABY SMALL

Bruce and Kendra Small of Memphis are the parents of a son, Abel Forrest Lee small, born May 11, 2018 at 2:36 a.m. at Scotland County Hospital in Memphis. Abel weighed 6 lbs 8 oz and was 19 inches long. He is welcomed home by siblings, Mason and Vancel. Grandparents are Bobby and Shelley Small of Memphis; Jodi Heatherly of Memphis; and Kenneth Westfall of Perry, IL. Great-grandmother is Linda Baker of Memphis.

Scotland County Genealogy Society Hosts May Meeting

Terry Arnold vice- president of the Scotland County Genealogy Society called the May 14th meeting to order with 10 members present.

June Kice gave the treasurer’s report.

Old business: Terry Arnold reported on work days.

New business: Bonnie Hayes reported the group’s copy machine will need replaced.

The book sale was discussed for Antique Fair days and the cookie sale will be held again at the Antique Fair, on Saturday as in the past.

A work day was scheduled for Tuesday, June 12th.

June Kice gave a program on the history of Mother’s Day, which was started in the 19th Century before the Civil War by Ann Reeves Jarvis of West Virg1na to teach local women to care for their children. Later, others honored Friendship Day, when mothers gathered with former Union and Confederate soldiers to promote reconciliation.

Suffragette and abolitionist Julia Ward Howe wrote a Mother’s Day proclamation promoting world peace The official Mother’s Day holiday arose in the 1900’s as the result of Anna Jarvis as a way of honoring sacrifices of mothers for their children.

President Woodrow Wilson signed a measure officially establishing the 2nd Sunday in May as Mother’s Day.

Terry Arnold closed the meeting.

Refreshments were served by Twyla Stevenson and Marlene Cowell.

Connie Bratton, Secretary

Register Now for SC Tiger Cub Summer Football Camp

Scotland County Tiger Cub Summer Football Camp 2018 will be held July 17, 18 and 19 from 4:00 p.m. – 5:40 p.m.

Kids entering fourth, fifth of sixth grade who are interested in playing football are encouraged to attend.

Coaches Kirk Stott, Nic Hatfield, Matt Buford, Travis Stott, William Parsons, Josh McSparren, and Curt Triplett will work with camp participants on fundamentals of the sport.

Registration forms, camp fee, complete with t-shirt size and parent/guardian signature must be returned to Coach Stott at the High School Office by Thursday, May 31, 2018.

This camp is used to learn basic fundamentals of the Scotland County Tiger football program.

Payment of $20.00 must accompany the entry form. Make checks out to Tiger Cub Football.

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