Day: May 28, 2010

Just the facts

In the news business, the outlet that gets the news out first wins.  If this television station scoops that station by 10 minutes; or, that newspaper beats that radio station, it means more viewers/readers and certainly bragging rights. The tragic death of a teenage boy in Keizer last week was covered by local media and TV stations from Portland.  There was a fount of misinformation, all in the name of “getting it first.” At press time this week, there still is no final medical examiner’s report, so any reports of a choking game, a suicide or an accident are premature and it does no one any good to report it as any of those things. The family of the young man must be frantic, trying to figure out what happened.  It doesn’t help when they, their neighbors and their friends all see news reports that their child committed suicide or was involved in some fatal game. It is the name of the game to scoop one’s competitiors in the news business, but each outlet should endeavor to report the facts, not the...

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Girls third, boys sixth at district championship

What follows is a list of McNary athletes who placed in the top eight at last week’s Central Valley Conference championships, thus scoring points for their teams. The girls placed third, just one-third of a point behind Sprague while the boys were sixth. South Salem swept the team standings. Men’s Results First: Tim McDowell, high jump Second: Tim McDowell, 400m; Dylan McHugh, 800m Third: Anthony Davis,110m hurdles Fourth: Clive Massee, fourth; Aaron Hudson, 100m Fifth: Chris Jennings, 300m hurdles Sixth: Greg Williams, shot put; Austin Anderson, javelin; Ian Jones, 400m Seventh: Aaron Hudson, 200m Eighth: Issac Manu-Tuinei, shot put; Tyler Gordon, 200m; Forest Feltner, 400m Women’s Results First: Lauren Brouse, 400m; Megan Hingston, 100m hurdles, shot put; Jenna Quesnel, pole vault Second: Rachel Fast, 100m; Lauren Brouse, 200m; Amy Jones, 800m; Megan Hingston, 300m hurdles; Fourth: Chelsea Scott, discus; Fifth: Megan Hingston, javelin; Seventh: Rachel Fast, 200m; Chelsea Scott, shot put Eighth: Laura Donaldson, 400m; Ashley Burger, 1500m; Averi Wing, long jump Go to www.athletic.net for more specific...

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America is better off now

By MIKE RILEY After reading Ross Day’s guest opinion in the May 14 Keizertimes, I must say I agree that the state Democratic party has done an abysmal job in leading the state, particularly the leader of the Senate, Peter Courtney, the leader of the house, Dave Hunt and the Superintendent of Education, Susan Castillo. I also agree that change is warranted; however it was difficult to stop laughing at the irony of his comments.  Does he not remember this is exactly why we now have a Democrat in the White House? Change!  Does that word sound a little familiar? It was obvious to the majority of voters that change was needed, and we should not insanely return the party to power which was responsible for the many messes we faced. During eight years of Republican control, we entered two wars.  Whether they were ill advised is debatable; however there is almost complete agreement that they have been totally mismanaged including sending troops into harm’s way provided with inadequate equipment to protect themselves.  The casualties continue and neither war appears winnable.  The medical care provided for the wounded warriors in many cases has bordered on criminal and nothing was done to correct it until the press reported on it.  The support provided for families has also been very poor as many families have been faced with the hardship of...

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Keizer audiences are great audiences

To the Editor: I’d like to thank the citizens of Keizer for the warm welcome they gave the “Get A Life Marching Band” at Saturday’s Iris Festival parade.  We do many a parade each year, and I have to rank Keizer’s Iris Festival Parade with the best of ‘em. Also I’d like to thank  the seven or so folks who braved the rain to enjoy our concert at Keizer Station.  Well, we were under the tent, they had to stand in the downpour.  But they were smiling! I’ll be back to enjoy more of your fair city in the near future. Ron Phillips Get A Life Marching Band Wilsonville,...

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