Day: June 15, 2012

Wolverine track team pounces on All-City title

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Whiteaker Middle School track and field team had high hopes headed into the All-City Middle School meet last month, but few expected them to perform as well as the did. When all was said and done, the team took first in combined scoring. “It was the kids making personal record after personal record, all the way down the line,” said Scott Coburn, Wolverine head coach. In addition, the school crowned four new district champions. Seventh grader Brendan VanVoorhis took first in the 100-meter with a time of 12.98, and eighth grader Austin Brown had a banner day claiming a championship in the long jump as he sailed 18-08.50 on his first attempt. The jump eclipsed recent Whiteaker grad Daniel Brattain’s school record. Leilani Salang topped the podium in the 100-meter for the seventh grade girls recording a time of 14.54, and eighth grader Madison Cloyd did the same for the eighth grade girls with a time of 14.20. The boys also got a boost from eighth grader Kyle Flores, who ran a new personal best in the 100-meter hurdles, 16.32, and took second. “We all knew that Lucan Hargraves was the strongest contender, but Kyle was right behind him,” Coburn said. While certain athletes set themselves at the head of the pack, it was truly a whole-team effort, Coburn said, “Hannah...

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To the 2012 graduates

By ART BOBROWITZ I would like to extend my heart-felt congratulations on your accomplishments and achievement. It is now time for you to look to your future and your ability to be an example to those who need your talents and skills. As a baby boomer I wish to share with you some personal thoughts and experiences. Those thoughts are my graduation gifts to you. Gift number one: You live in the greatest country in the world: the United States of America.  The Declaration of Independence has given you that gift. You have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Life is what you make of it and not what someone else has promised. Contrary to what someone may have taught you, happiness is not a right. The only thing you are guaranteed is the right to try. And you live in the country that created the greatest environment to try. Gift number two: Some people have declared that we are the polluters of the world. Have the courage to correct them. This nation has been nurturing the most precious and renewable resource given to mankind: the human spirit. The United States of America has been in the recycling business for many generations, long before it became politically correct. Guarding the gates of New York Harbor stands a great lady, the Statue of Liberty. On the...

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Government of the incumbent

To the Editor: It appears that many elected officials from the U.S. Congress to state legislators to local government officials, can’t stop using their position to monopolize the office. Once elected, they tend to believe that they and only they can serve and do the best jobs for the citizens. Some use the power and prestige of the office to discourage all potential opponents from challenging them. Some serve so long they begin to act like royal families and dynasties which are alien to our constitutional republic. Members of Congress brag about being in office for decades, even approaching fifty years. This is not what the founders of this nation seemed to imply by their words and actions. They wanted citizen government, not professional, life-long politicians monopolizing an office. Not Government of the Incumbent, By the incumbent, for the incumbent. Such people start believing in their own rhetoric—as truth. If politicians want a career in public service, they should move on and up from local, to county, to state and federal positions. They must not use their existing office to become a resident politician. Two terms in an elected office is enough to do a good job and move on to other opportunities and allow others to serve. Remember: government of the people, by the people, for the people. It is up to the citizens, not the incumbents to...

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Loss of Roth’s will be felt

To the Editor: On behalf of the Keizer Community Food Bank and the 100 plus volunteers, I want to thank Manager Jeff Lewis and staff at Roth’s Keizer for being a supportive partner in the struggle against hunger. Roth’s has been our ‘go to’ store for emergency food bank purchases, eggs, tuna, bread and plastic bags. They have also passed along their recycled shopping carts for our client’s shopping convenience. It’s a sad day for the Keizer community to lose this formidable business. Roth’s has been very supportive of local school fund raisers, youth sports and a training ground for high schoolers to break into the world of employment. Who in the community will pick that up? A lot has been said about Roth’s prices being too high and the reason for their closing. If truth be known, when it comes to core foods, Roth’s prices have been the same as Albertsons and Safeway, and in some cases, even less expensive. Any business has to turn a reasonable profit in order to stay in business. Apparently that was not happening for Roth’s here in Keizer and hasn’t been so for some time. Tough business decisions are sometimes reflected in the words of the Gambler, “ …you got to know when to hold’ em, know when to fold’ em, know when to walk away…” Thank you Roth’s for staying as...

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