Month: October 2010

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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Fast and furious

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Inacia Arpin’s gnarliest BMX racing crash began with a bribe. “It was at the State Fair this year, there was this backpack I really wanted and my dad told me he would buy it if I won the moto,” Arpin said. Races in the BMX world are tagged motos. Arpin, racing against a group of boys, looked to be in prime position to claim the new bag as she went up the first hill of the Capitol City BMX track. “As I went up over the hill, one of the boys jumped the hill and ended up in front of me. I went down and one rider ran over me and two others ran over my bike,” Arpin, 14, said. Arpin is one of eight Keizer kids that are regulars at the track, and she is among the top riders in the area. There are too few girls competing for her to be officially labeled an expert rider, but she’s easily the equivalent. In a sport where speed is essential, Keizer’s BMX riders each embody a spark of fearlessness and have become something like a family. “I’m here right now and I’m not even riding,” said Nate Martin. Martin recently crashed in his driveway while attempting a barspin and landed on the tip of his thumb breaking it in two places. “It’ll...

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