Month: November 2010

Privacy vs. safety

Flying has been a hassle for a while now, what with full planes, delays and crowded airports.  To make matters worse the Transportation SecurityAdministraiton (TSA) has made their mission personal.  Really personal. If  a flyer refuses to pass through the body scanners they are subject to the full-body pat down that has many people up in arms. Despite what some may believe less than five percent of flyers are getting pat downs.  The national media is partly to blame for inflaming the issue.  A viewer could conclude that everyone who passes through a security gate at an American airport will have their personal space violated by a TSA employee.  That’s not the case. The Transportation Security Administration’s director John S. Pistole has said the agency welcomes feedback and comments on the screening procedures.  “We will work to make them as minimally invasive as possible while still providing the security  that the American people want and deserve,” he said. If there is a problem here it is that the TSA has not done a good job of telling the American people (and the media) exactly what is supposed to happen at the security gates.  Many people were nervous and outraged about what they were hearing.  As the nation faced its busiest flying day of the year this week Americans headed to the airports thinking their bodies would be patted down...

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A talk with Mrs. Weatherhead

By LAUREN ENGLET A few weeks ago I interviewed Anali.  But to the kids at Clear Lake Elementary she is Mrs. Weatherhead. I found out some great things.  She had a few different jobs before she was principal at Clear Lake.  She was an assistant principal for three years, a principal for two years before that.  Weatherhead also owned a toy store, she was a stay-at-home mom and a newscaster. As I wrote these things down in my notebook, I was amazed at how cool she really was.  I was literally in awe because she was so awesome. I asked  how she thought the school year was going and she thought it was excellent.  One of the questions I had also asked her was what is her favorite electronic device?  Brace yourselves people, brace yourselves.  It was an iPad. “I’d love to own one,” said Mrs. Weatherhead. “But my favorite electronic device that I own is my cellphone.  My daughter texts me but only for emergencies.” I was wondering if Mrs. Weatherhead had a husband or not. “People ask me, ‘are you divorced?’  And I say ‘no,’ it’s just because of my job and I love it,” she said. When asked what she looks for in a good friend, she said “Trustworthiness, someone who accepts my faults and is loving.” Here’s another question I asked:  Did you ever stop...

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The real issue with Gropegate

By BOB MAISTROS There’s a lot to complain about with the Gropegate scandal outraging citizens across America. Certainly there’s the creep factor of turning a whole column of low-paid government workers into Peeping Toms and Thomasinas, literally undressing passengers with their eyes … and controlling highly embarrassing images. (Rules schmules.  Remember:  Murphy’s law and all its corollaries can and do apply to government – if revealing views of some hot babe can become tomorrow’s Facebook entertainment, they ultimately will.) Not to mention having said employees groping and grabbing at the most private parts of the most innocent passengers– from three-year-olds to nuns. About now, it might well be faster to walk to most destinations, not to mention driving.  And I hear tell that even now, the boys and girls in guvmint passenger rail are finalizing their new ads – “Take the train; we won’t feel up your toddlers.”) But all that isn’t even the worst of it.  The real issue is that Gropegate has moved right up there to the top of the list next to stoplights, ethanol subsidies and the death tax as exemplars of Bad Government. Like most Bad Government programs, the Transportation Security Administration’s Gape and Grab Action-Plan (GAGA for short) is expensive.  The cost to buy the virtual strip-search machines was about $300 million, and it’s going to cost an additional $340 million to run...

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Director thankful for help at food bank

To the Editor: Keizer Hunger Ministry yesterday and today is ever so visible. The current efforts are taxing all of our resources. During my over eight years of calls to feed the hungry, the unity of over 100 faithful, energized volunteers has been what makes the Keizer Community Food Bank successful. Each of these volunteers has generated a grand hands-on, loving dedication. As we outgrew the original space at John Knox Presbyterian Church, the need is now met at Faith Lutheran Church with the Monday evening and Thursday morning openings. As the program manager for the last few years, I am most grateful for operational leadership and support plus the joy of all the interactions. It is a pleasure to regularly witness the donation of time, effort, resources and extension of new friendships. A huge thank you goes to the businesses, service clubs, individual community members and volunteers who work together to meet the challenge of Matthew 25:35: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me. . . .” Paul W. Morgan Keizer Community Food...

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Wrestlers look to top last season

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Earlier this year, the McNary High School varsity wrestling team escaped with the district title on a slim margin of 4.5 points. The challenge this season: do better. “We’re going to be training harder, working longer and stepping up our game,” said Stevin Urban, a returning district champ wrestling in the 160-pound class. “We’re going to have to have a lot of young members step up and be leaders on the team with the upper classmen.” That’s not to say the Celts don’t have plenty of firepower waiting to be unleashed. Along with Urban, the team returns district champs Wes Heredia and Levi Martinez. Martinez is also the reigning state champ in the 112-pound division, although he will likely be wrestling at 116 pounds during the regional competition next year. Urban and Heredia placed fourth in state competition. “We’re already excited for regionals and state,” Martinez said. “But  we have fill out a couple of weight slots that we currently don’t have.” “It means getting to know all your teammates again and bringing back that bond,” added Celt returner Edgar Jimenez. “It always kicks in toward the end, but every year you wish it could have kicked in sooner.” In addition to a new faces on the roster, the team will be adjusting to a new regional format for competition. While the...

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