Month: August 2012

Black Tornadoes will be first test for refreshed Celtic team

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes On Friday, Aug. 31, Isaac Parker will find out if all he’s been hearing about is true. “I keep hearing that they’re gamers,” said Parker, McNary High School head football coach. “They might underimpress you at practice, but they have a good knack and feel for game situations. Some kids that might blend in during the week can really shine during the game.” The Celtics square off with the North Medford High School Black Tornadoes in Medford for their first contest of the season. Parker admits his offense looked a bit squishy during a offense/defense scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 25, but he’s got a lot of faith in new quarterback Hayden Gosling (6-1 170), a junior. “He wasn’t at his peak in the scrimmage we had last week, but he was upfront and said he had the cobwebs and the jitters out and he was ready to go,” Parker said. Gosling didn’t play last year but was part of an undefeated Celtic freshman team. Fans should expect a revamped offensive scheme when the Celts hit the field. Parker is attempting a shift to a run-first offense that will look and feel much different than the passing game that has long been a Celtic standard. “A successful play in the past was a 20-yard pass and a successful play in the new offense...

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The ‘Hugo Rule’ for youth councilors

To the Editor: I am a proud graduate of McNary High School, class of 1997, having attended all four years. I was the first president of the multicultural club, bilingual writer on The Piper, officer of FBLA, member of Peer Helpers, had a brief stint on student council, and I also volunteered outside of school.  One of my teachers was former State Representative Vic Backlund. For part of my high school career I was undocumented.  I am now a U.S. citizen.  It took me 10 years, but I am proof that formerly undocumented folks can in fact become U.S. citizens!  Being an undocumented immigrant is a legal status.  It is nothing like having an incurable illness. This decision is wrong on so many fronts:  This is clearly about immigration—the councilors found out about Hugo’s status and are wanting to make sure they don’t appear to cater in any way to undocumented people.  If, as the article implies, only U.S. citizens will be eligible for this non-voting position, Legal Permanent Residents (LPRs) are being discriminated against. They are eligible to become U.S. citizens after a minimum of five years, but yet won’t be given the chance to learn about their adopted homeland.  It forces the city’s community partners to screen for citizenship when they find a “diamond in the rough.” What incentive would they have for supporting someone who will...

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Dust Devils can’t stir up win

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes The Volcanoes reached the .500 mark for the second half of the 2012 season by edging the Tri-City Dust Devils 4-3 Tuesday at home. Tri-City scored first, Salem-Keizer tied the score at 2-2 in the third inning, each club scored a run in the fifth, and a solo home run by Chuckie Jones in the sixth gave the Volcanoes the win. Tyler Graham was the winning pitcher in relief. The first score of the game was a bases-empty homer by Miguel De Leon in the second. In the top of the third, Rossell Herrera led off with a double to center field. Starting pitcher Joe Biagini struck out Tom Murphy, but Francisco Sosa singled to left, where Kentrell Hill bobbled the ball, allowing Herrera to score. Biagini retired the next two hitters. Ron Jones led off the Volcano third with a walk. Hill drove him home with a double to left and went to third on Brown’s deep fly to center. Mitch Delfino hit into a fielder’s choice, and an error by Herrera at shortstop allowed Hill to score. In the Dust Devil fifth, Dillon Thomas led off with a Texas League single to center. A wild pitch sent him to second, and Herrera hit an infield single that put Thomas on third. Murphy drove in Thomas with a sacrifice fly to right....

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Neil Armstrong

To the Editor: It’s been said that records are there to be broken, unless, of course, you’re talking about a first. In aviation, we have such firsts at the Wright brother’s first powered flight, or Charles Lindberg and his solo flight across the Atlantic to Paris. And Neil Armstrong putting the first footprint on the moon. That one “small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind” will stand forever. Many of us remember those TV pictures from that July day in 1969, and most of us are still awed by that event. We felt great pride in our country and in the people who made that event possible. That’s why last Saturday’s loss of Neil Armstrong has been so keenly felt. In aviation, we say that when a pilot dies that they have “gone west.”  What that means is that if you climb to the right altitude, and travel westbound at just the right speed, the sun never sets. Neil Armstrong was one of the few who had to actually slow down to match that critical westbound speed. He was a hero who’s name shall never be forgotten. Wayne A. Moreland...

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Ryan: Pro-growth supply sider

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW In the weeks since Mitt Romney chose Paul Ryan as his running mate, the entire Republican Party has been rejuvenated. Gov. Romney himself has been re-energized. After losing ground in the polls this summer, he’s once again drawn even with the president. Wisconsin is now in play. Even senior voters in Florida have signaled heavy approval of Romney-Ryan. I know vice presidents are not supposed to be so influential. Political scientists say the top of the ticket is what matters. But Ryan is disproving that. And yet I hear and read some grousing from conservative supply-side colleagues that Ryan is no longer the Jack Kemp, supply-side-growth guy he once was. Instead, they say he has become a root-canal Republican who obsesses about entitlement debt bombs and deficit reduction. They say he’s wedded to the Congressional Budget Office in a kind of budget-austerity, Stockholm syndrome. These charges are completely false. On the eve of the convention, I had a lengthy interview with Ryan. Over and over, he talked about the need for economic growth through supply-side tax reform, spending restraint, deregulation and entitlement fixes. Previewing his convention speech, Ryan said, “We have to show the country that we have a pro-growth plan to get people back to work, to get this economy growing again.” He said, “We want to get back to the American idea (of an)...

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