Day: March 26, 2010

Put Urban Renewal on Channel 23

To the Editor: The recent Keizertimes editorial (Show how decisions are made, March 19) provided a just and fitting case for televising the Keizer Urban Renewal Agency meetings and should be heeded by the city council. Given that this agency is making “decisions on how to spend millions of dollars” and “it is paid for by the taxpayers” we should be able to watch the discussions on Keizer’s Channel 23.  The city council’s pride and support of the work performed by the agency should now be matched the same pride and support in televising these meetings. Greg Frank...

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Bad politics

To the Editor: Now that we have had a vote by the majority of the Congress to pass the national health bill it is time to take a deep breath and relax. It seems to me the majority of the people of this country got what they wanted. In November, the people voted to put Obama in the White House and gave the Democrats majorities in both the Senate and Congress. Obama made some promises to change government and to reform health care. The people decided and voted.  There was no doubt who won. It is time for the Republicans to get over their rejection at the polls. If the majority of the people dislike what the Democrats have done they will vote them out of office and the Republicans will have their chance to ram through their own policy just as they have done in the past. I personally dislike the partisanship that we have witnessed. The arguments about health care, both for and against, was all about politics.  When you have every Republican voting against the health care bill, you know it is politics. What a bunch of robots.  Much of the key elements in the health bill were promoted by the Republicans a few years ago. At least a few Democrats had the guts to vote against the bill. I am disgusted that the Democrats had...

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Stop adding fluoride to our water

To the Editor: Fluoride dumped in the water supply is a waste product of aluminum and fertilizer industries. Why are we still paying to add this poison when most of Europe has discontinued it? Toothpaste is the sensible way to get fluoride to teeth without exposing the rest of the body to greater risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s, arthritis, brittle bones, hypothyroidism, and increased uptake of lead and aluminum, among other dangers. Reverse-osmosis water filters remove fluoride, but are expensive. Let’s make our water free to drink for everyone. Laura McMahon...

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It’s fourth and goal for AD

Interview by Lance Masterson Mike Maghan is leaving McNary High School after 15 years as its athletic director. While at the helm, he hired all but one coach, Kim Phillips being the exception, and instituted the school’s Hall of Fame and Captains Academy to instill leadership skills in girl athletes. Three McNary teams also won state championships. Maghan attended Oregon State University and earned a degree in forestry. He got into teaching because he liked kids and wanted to coach basketball. By 23, he was athletic director at a Catholic school in Salem. It’s a position that obviously agreed with him, as this is Maghan’s 31st year as an AD. Maghan came to McNary from Dallas High School. Though officially retired as of November, he remains in place until June. It’s possible his successor will transition with Maghan for a couple of months before he rides off into the sunset. Interviews for the position begin shortly. The Keizertimes talked with Maghan shortly after the McNary varsity girls basketball team took fourth place at the Class 6A state tournament. This same team, with the exception of three athletes, placed fifth at state last year. Maghan was asked to assess the Lady Celts. “I would say chemistry-wise, an A-plus. Probably one of the best teams you can ever be around. The kids were just really tight, good chemistry, good students. The...

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Athletic Edge scores first state title

By LANCE MASTERSON Of the Keizertimes The wait is over, now that The Athletic Edge gymnastics club has its first state champion team. Local history was made when the nines defeated 16 other teams from throughout the state during last week’s meet at McNary High School. “That was awesome. There’s no other way to describe it, but awesome,” said Kelsey Kottek, the club’s team coordinator. “It was a huge accomplishment. But I knew they had it in them. I knew they had it.” “Well, the beauty of it is all of our kids are home grown,” said Walt Whitener, the club’s director. “They haven’t come from any other gym. We brought them up from babies all the way up.” With the win, the club sent a message to its northern neighbor. “It used to be that you had to go to Portland in order to be trained,” said Whitener. “We put The Athletic Edge on the map as far as you can get quality training and not have to go to Portland or Eugene. It’s amazing. I’ve had a lot of individual state title winners, but this is our first full-blown team state title. It’s quite a feather in our cap.” Whitener was as surprised as anyone with the win. “We’ve learned over the years don’t worry about the scores. Don’t worry about anything. It will all come out...

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