Day: December 24, 2010

It’s the process

Our system of government allows the people to vote how they wish, to support the causes they wish and to say and write what they wish. The people are allowed to challenge their government, national and local, when they disagree with it; and, the people are allowed to disagree with each other. Some quarters responded in anger over the Keizer city council’s vote to impose a three percent tax on cell phones. The tax is designed to help offset the bite the city’s 9-1-1 obligation’ takes out of the general fund budget. Opponents quickly jumped into action.  They drafted an initiative for the May, 2011 ballot that would repeal the new tax.  Signature gatherers hit the streets, even offering to go to individual homes to have voters sign; robocalls hit phone lines across the city.  The organizers may be from outside the city but the petitioners are Keizer residents. It was the outside organizers that prompted Mayor Lore Christopher to act.  Last week she called for a boycott of a local grocery store on her personal Facebook page because signature gatherers were just outside the entry.  Once she learned that the store’s corporate policy does not allow political activism on its property and asked them to leave when they learned of their presence, Christopher called off her boycott. It is the right of the people to petition for anything...

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Setting it right

In an editorial in the Dec. 17 Keizertimes (“Is Keizer ready?”) we inadvertedly left out a very important part of Keizer’s emergency response:  Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), a program of the Keizer Fire District. The citizen volunteers who comprise the neighborhood teams are trained to go into action at a  moment’s notice.  They are trained by the fire district, including disaster simulations, to help their city and their neighbors. We applaud the members of CERT for what they do....

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Lady Celts trounce Dawgs 53-29

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The Lady Celtics whipped Woodburn 53-29 at home Dec. 17. McNary led 100 percent of the way, with Deven Hunter scoring almost as many points (24) as the Lady Bulldogs did. As much as Hunter dominated the offense, coach Molly Gehley considered the victory a team effort. “We did some really good things we’ve been working on with our offense,” she said. “Ball control has been our emphasis the past week.” Second in points for McNary was Jessica Darras with eight. Baili Keeton scored seven points, Teresa Peterson and Stacey Titchenal four each, Menley Neitzel three, and Teri Stein and Olivia Yarbrough two apiece. Control the ball the Celts did, not letting the visitors score until 51.9 seconds remained in the first quarter. The period was slow offensively for McNary as well, ending with a 10-6 score because the last three points came in the form of one of the few bright spots for Woodburn, a trey by Bianca Garcia. The Celtic offense picked up in the second quarter, with the emphasis on passing. McNary scored eight points in the period before Woodburn got a point, on a free throw by Brandi Doman. The Bulldogs added several points late in the quarter, but Hunter’s shooting kept them from getting close. The halftime score was 24-15. An exchange of steals, with McNary getting the second...

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Over-thinking, out of money

By ALLEN PRELL As Governor-elect John Kitzhaber prepares to take office, he called a meeting of the elected leaders of Oregon to stress the financial difficulties and decisions that are ahead and brainstorm some ideas. It has been reported in various publications that several projects in the state of Oregon have fallen behind, never got off the ground, or have been mismanaged due to poor decisions and bad leadership  and thus lead to a waste of millions of dollars. The state of Oregon still has an obsolete communications system despite millions of dollars invested. Several years ago a family was lost in the wilderness resulting in the death of a man. All the search parties involved were unable to communicate and thus could not coordinate search efforts due to poor and obsolete equipment. The problem existed for years, but national attention on this story stressed how bad the problem had become. Apparently plans to build a new communications system were reportedly brought in with unrealistic budgets, maps were presented to planning committees falsifying project advancement and millions of dollars were unaccounted for. The governor had the responsibility of the project placed under his office to leave a proud legacy of a new emergency communication system. Now it is reported the fix, or the dismantling of the communication system, will be expensive either way. The state of Oregon wanted something...

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KNOW thanks Keizer for success of program

To the Editor: The Keizer Network of Women, part of the Keizer Chamber Foundation, wants to thank you! This year we were able to help 125 families and about 400 children with canned and fresh food/produce, clothing and toys.  We did this with the help of the Keizer business community and Keizer/Salem residents. I am very proud of our community and the generosity put forth during the process.  The Giving Trees located at Applebee’s, Courthouse Athletic Club, Saint Edward Catholic Church, U.S. Bank (Keizer) and McNary Golf Club were filled with toys. Local businesses adopted families as did many local residents.  This six month process gets bigger and better every year, and it’s all because of you.  There are so many people to thank, you know who you are.  I hope the feeling in your heart is thanks enough. Know you are appreciated by the Keizer Chamber Foundation and the children in Keizer.  Thank you! Audrey Butler Chair, Keizer Network of...

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