Day: October 29, 2010

Beware of promises

To the Editor: I got a Robocall with a prerecorded message. I hate those type of call so I hung up. It’s one way to make sure you won’t get my vote. The robocall make me think about how much was spent on slogans, phrases and sound bites. Slogans, phrases and sound bites are just that, nothing more. They  don’t fix anything nor do they change anything. What you have to do is look for clues from people. If it is always “me” or “I,” the ego is too big to work through an issue with anyone. The bigger the promise the harder it will be to deliver. Remember hype has never given us anythingother than false hope. Promises are like Greeks bearing gifts, beware of them. Peter DeBeck...

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Celts get one more shot at CVC win

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes For the past four weeks, the story of the McNary varsity football team has been a book with series of repeated pages – stop the run, stop turning over the ball. “There’s simply one of those special kids on each of the teams in the Central Valley Conference and McKay is no exception with [Ian] Silbernagel,” said Rick Ward, McNary head coach. The Celtics (0-4 CVC, 2-6 overall) host the Royal Scots (2-2 CVC, 3-4 overall) Friday, Oct. 29. Game time is 7 p.m. McNary is locked in the league’s last spot, but it means the game will be played as much for pride as it will be for the hope of heading into the state playoff play-in game on a win. “We want to take McKay off track and it will give us a big momentum boost to take another ‘W,’” said Gonzalo Cervantes, McNary kicker. To prevail, the team will have to stop Silbernagel, the Royal Scots’ multitalented quarterback. Silbernagel met his match in the South Salem Saxons last week, who held him to 118 yards and three touchdowns on 15 carries. The week prior, Silbernagel’s final minute 75-yard rush led the team to a victory over North Salem. Silbernagel lists CVC championships in the 100-meter and 200-meter track competition in his growing arsenal of weapons. “He’s another big, really...

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Recession may be ‘over’ but jobless rate in Salem rises again

Unemployment in the Salem area rose to 11.1 percent, higher than last year at this time and a half-point higher than the current statewide jobless rate. According to Worksource Oregon, the seasonally adjusted jobless rate in the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) – which includes Keizer – rose to 11.1 percent from August’s revised rate of 10.7 percent. It’s 0.1 percent higher than the September 2009 rate for the area, and it’s a half-point higher than the statewide adjusted rate of 10.6 percent for September. An estimated 19,439 Marion and Polk county residents are unemployed in a labor force of 201,859 for the month. Total non-farm employment for September was 145,100 – a loss of 3,400 jobs since September 2009, according to Regional Economist Patrick O’Connor. Public sector lost 300, with private non-far employment dropping by 3,100. The health care sector grew by 100 jobs in the past year. While some 1,100 jobs were added between August and September, O’Connor writes, the area typically gains about 2,000 jobs in the same time period. “The timing of fall hiring can be unpredictable in Salem,” O’Connor stated. “Much of the seasonal hiring is in food manufacturing. With crops growing slowly, as they are this season, hiring may be moved back several weeks to account for the slow growing season.” Even one indicator O’Connor had pointed to as positive news – growth in the...

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Edward Ernest Carlson

Mr. Carlson, of Keizer, died Friday, Oct. 22, 2010. He was 88. Born Sept. 2, 1920, in Stillwater, Minn., he grew up on a dairy farm and served in the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War. While stationed in San Francisco, he met Patricia Tickle, and the two married in June of 1951. He worked as a machinist in the Salem area since 1958, and retired from Salem Equipment. He enjoyed gardening, attending church and spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ernest and Gertrude Carlson; and his wife. Survivors include: his sisters, Mary Carlson and Evelyn Rydeen; children, Mark Carlson and Christina Myers; grandchildren, Zachary and Sarah Myers; his brother-in-law; George; and nephews, Bruce, Ken and Doug. The family wishes to thank Sherwood Park Care Center for their care. Memorial services are set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 30 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1998 Lansing Avenue NE. Arrangements by Virgil T. Golden Funeral...

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