Day: October 1, 2010

Are dogs a priority?

To the Editor: I read that Keizer has 16 parks in the city.  I am happy for Keizer’s  families.  It must take quite a few dollars to maintain them, but  families are worth it.  For years I have been an advocate for children/family entertainment and activity centers .  My thoughts on this line began when my children were young and when two skate palaces were closed, and the last one several years later.  We even had an ice rink in West Salem.  Nothing for years replaced these avenues of entertainment for our young people. I know of one resident here in Keizer who has worked endless hours trying to bring tennis courts to Keizer—I wonder if his hundreds of hours of efforts have been wasted with delays from a city council which thinks they know where, when and if they should be placed. I had hopes that a library for Keizer would be on the council’s agenda some time and so far it doesn’t seem to be a concern. It looks like the library lease (Heritage Community Center) may be debatable for a longer extension , but an irrigation system for $19,000 is a concern of the council’s for the dog park and “huge changes” according to a recent article will be accomplished soon to make this happen. Why and how can Keizer afford this when they can’t add...

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Vote out those who passed Obama care

To the Editor: Were you angry about congress passing a major health care bill that increases the costs of health insurance, increases taxes in the middle of a recession, puts the federal government in control of the health care you can receive, does absolutely nothing to reduce the costs of medical care, and guarantees the bankruptcy of the country in years to come?  Were you angry that they passed this law when the majority of Americans saw through the nonsense of this bill and were against it?  Were you angry that congressmen were bribed and threatened to vote for this bill?  Were you angry when they did an “end around” in the Congressional voting protocol to cram this through? It is time for retribution. Vote against the people that did this to America.  No matter what else they may have done, this was a treasonous act. Vote Ron Wyden, Kurt Schrader, Peter DeFazio, David Wu and Earl Blumenauer out of office! John Russell...

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Creative signs at intersection

To the Editor: Are you old enough to remember the Burma-Shave signs of the 1950s? If we were to post a series of signs along Brooklake Road, heading west toward the invisible ravine at Wheatland Road, accidents might be reduced. To get it started, here is my idea: If you want To see tomorrow Stop ahead And avoid sorrow Ravine ahead! Bright colors and bold fonts would increase visibility. One more thing: under those arrows on Wheatland Road, add the words ‘Danger-ravine here.’ Joanne Sandhu...

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Detail work will be key to Celt rebound

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes After a crushing 50-14 loss to Barlow High School and a mixed 2-2 preseason record, the Celtics have the opportunity to hit the reset button this week as they face North Salem High School Friday, Oct. 1. McNary High School travels to meet the Vikings in the conference-opener and follow it with a Thursday game against West Salem High School, Oct. 8, at Flesher Field. McNary crumbled on offense and defense against Barlow, but the damage done isn’t beyond repair, said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. “It’s a matter of getting punched in the nose and deciding how you’re going to react to it,” he said. “The first thing we’re going to do is fix simple mistakes, and mistakes we didn’t make in the two weeks prior – like having guys in the wrong place or two guys running into the same zone.” North Salem (0-4) has struggled in its preseason contests. The Vikings have been outscored 122-62 in losses to Wilson, Barlow, Lakeridge and Hood River Valley high schools. Still, it’s not a team Ward is looking past. “Their offense is a hard offense to stop, there’s three guys going three different ways and we need to know who’s got the ball,” Ward said. “That’s a discipline game, that’s an assignment game and we have to solve that this week.” Celt...

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