Month: November 2010

Women veterans are not forgotten

To the Editor: Where on Earth does Peter DeBeck get the idea that female veterans are somehow ‘forgotten’ (Letter to the Editor, Nov. 19). Lady vets are eligible for every benefit granted to their male counterparts.  They are welcome to join every military veterans organization such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Navy League and American Legion.  In fact, many women hold leadership positions in those units. Each of the military museums I have visited has made a special effort to recognize the service of women.  As a veteran myself, I have attended numerous military ceremonies and gatherings and in every case the female vets were welcomed and treated just as the men. Apparently Mr. DeBeck is unaware of the Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery which honors all women who have served in the United States armed forces.  All allied nations from World War II have similar monuments and recognition. Mr. DeBeck has done a great job of identifying a problem that clearly does not exist.  I suppose there is a certain element who enjoy stirring up nonexistent problems.  As a time saver, here are three:  1. Women veterans are not “forgotten;” 2. Businesses should not be restricted in the name of “Keeping Keizer Livable (and jobless)” and 3. Keizer does not need a library.  And just to get ahead of the game,...

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Senior-heavy team holds court

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes One thing that came out of the McNary varsity basketball team’s 2-10 season last year is room for improvement. “We weren’t as successful as we wanted to be, we lost some close games, but this year we’ve got a lot of guys that can come in and contribute,” said Matt Espinoza, McNary head coach. “We’ve got a really balanced and solid number of guys who willing to put in the effort.” In general, Espinoza and his team think the experience of the past season will pay dividends this season. “We lost four seniors, but we’re senior-heavy this year,” said Dalton Bodine.  “We’ve all played together for a while, so it’s going to be exciting to see what happens. We’ve got a lot of vocal guys, a lot of leaders and a lot of guys that have played varsity basketball.” “Last year, we had a lot of young players who took advantage of the opportunity to learn,” added Celt Greg Roth. “This team is really mature and will come out better and stronger.” The basketball season was pushed back a week by the Oregon School Activities Association and the Celts host Franklin High School Wednesday, Dec. 1, in their first game of the season. The team’s strength on the court will be its speed, Roth said. “We’ll be quick getting up and down...

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Hurray for gridlock

To the Editor: To President Obama:  “Stick to your guns.  Remember they are the enemy!” To John Boehner:  “Don’t give one inch!” To Mitch McConnell: “Not even a whipser of agreement!” To Harry Reid:  “Don’t ask for any Republican input.  Zero!” Economic bliss, congressional gridlock, Will Rogers style. But don’t hold your breath, gridlock will be shortlived.  However, it will give us all time to catch our breath.  Who knows, maybe the members of the House and the Senate will actually ‘read’ all the legislation that was passed in 2009 and 2010.  That would be a first. Lee E. Goodwin...

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Service with a side of competitiveness

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Every week, students throughout the school district don gloves and hair nets to sling burgers, pizza and whatever else comes from the depths of their cafeteria. But, the program has become much more than an opportunity to dole out pineapple chunks and roasted veggies. For the students who volunteer to serve their peers, it is a test of their particular food’s popularity. “You have to go quick sometimes and faster if what you’re serving is most popular,” said Haley Areal, a Gubser Elementary School third grader and recent lunch server volunteer. The most popular items hands-down is pizza, said Isaiah Petilo, who has volunteered to serve lunches every year since first grade. The worst? “Sandwiches, because no body picks them,” he said. The long-running food server program, run by Sodexo, which supplies food services to Salem-Keizer public schools, is intended to be something more even if it’s youngest participants aren’t always aware of it, said Terri Tjulander, a Sodexo food service manager. “It teaches the kids how to serve each other and teaches them responsibility,” Tjulander said. Individual schools decide which classes get to volunteer each week, but the students themselves volunteer for the honor. Sodexo employees supervise each student as they serve up the daily entrees. “This year we’ve changed the menu a lot. We have a lot more vegetables and...

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