Day: October 19, 2012

Celts plan to run the field in contest with Royal Scots

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity football team squares off with McKay High School Friday, Oct. 19, at McKay. However, for Celtic players and coaches, they plan on the game being all about them. “We’re going to take it to them, run the ball hard and bring down their safeties and throw all over them,” said Celt quarterback Hayden Gosling. McNary Head Coach Isaac Parker said it’s time for the team to come up with some of the big plays and scoring that have been missing for much of the season. “Big plays have been our biggest problem so far this year on both sides of the ball,” he said. “Defensively, we need our edge players to play well this week, and we need to fix our coverage breakdowns from the last week. Offensively, we want to continue to run the ball well and challenge ourselves to continue to improve our run game.” McKay has been the Central Valley Conference’s underdog more often than not, but the team has managed more consistent performances under the guidance of new head coach Greg Mendez. That said, the team is coming off two bruising losses in recent weeks, a 41-0 rout by the West Salem Titans and a 72-19 drubbing under the heels of the South Salem Saxons. “We’re going to take it to them, run the...

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Presidential neighbors

By NICK THOMAS Imagine you could pluck a U.S. president from the pages of history and install him as your next-door neighbor. Who would you choose? A popular historical figure like George Washington might seem an obvious choice, but you wouldn’t want George as a neighbor. He would sneak onto your property under the cover of darkness and chop down all your fruit trees while you slept. Oh sure, in the morning, he would knock on your door, guilt-ridden, seeking forgiveness. But that would be little consolation come springtime with no cherry pies to take to the church bake sale. And don’t think Thomas Jefferson would make a cool neighbor, either. Sure, according to Wikipedia, he “spoke five languages and was deeply interested in science, invention, architecture, religion and philosophy.” But who wants a smart-aleck living next door? As the only president to never marry, James Buchanan would probably hold disruptive bachelor parties every weekend. He might scare the children, too, since he suffered from an odd condition called wryneck, resulting in his head always leaning to the left. Explain to the kids this is normal, for a Democrat. You wouldn’t want Richard Nixon living next door either. According to most biographies, he was narcissistic, secretive, and suspicious—not endearing qualities in a neighbor. With tricky Dick on the other side of the fence, you’d end up a neurotic wreck:...

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Voting for Keizer’s future

To the Editor: It is time once again to select the best people to lead Keizer into the future. We need people with vision. It is unfortunate that two candidates have a free ride with no competition. We have no choice because no one else would run. A careful analysis of statements in the voter’s pamphlet and knowledge of the candidates has to be determining factors in our selection process. The amount of signs along our streets should not sway people one way or the other. For those who will use the write-in method to select their preference, they must not only put the candidate’s name on the ballot but fill in the box next to their candidate’s name. If the box is not filled in, the vote will not count. This was clearly illustrated in the voter’s pamphlet. Finally, good luck with your choice. Bill Quinn...

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Matthew Chappell for city council

To the Editor: We would like to show our support for Matthew Chappell who is running for Council Seat Position 3. We have known Matt for many years and have admired his honesty, thoughtfulness and compassionate nature.  Matt is now a current planning commissioner for Keizer and has a strong  interest in our city.  Matt thinks through his decisions, weighing their impact on our citizens. He supports a small government which is cost effective and is less burdensome on our taxpayers.  Matt knows how to work well with others and knows the importance of teamwork. Matthew shows a deep sensitivity in his challenge at home as the caretaker of his father, Perry,  along with his mother who requires Matt’s help daily. During our coffee chats, I have heard his mother, Judy, say many times, “I don’t know what I would do without Matt.” Please vote for Matthew Chappell. His independent thinking will be a great help and addition for our city council. Judy and Lynn DeSpain...

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For mayor: Christopher

To the Editor: I am voting for Lore Christopher for Keizer Mayor.  She has done a good job. It is great to see the success of Keizer Station, a project that was dreamt about and worked on by every City Council since the early days of  the City.  She has led the effort that finally has made it happen.  Please join me in re-electing Lore as Mayor of Keizer. Mike Hart Keizer    To the Editor: We are writing in support of Lore Christopher to remain the mayor of Keizer. Lore has tirelessly worked to position Keizer as a vibrant mid-Valley community. She has developed and maintained excellent working relationships with other federal, state and local jurisdictions. Her passion for Keizer knows no bounds. We want to have a leader who is enthusiastic about her job and who has shown her willingness to do the hard work. Lore possesses these qualities. She has always been accessible and willing to listen to our input on issues. Please join us as we vote for Lore Christopher as Mayor of Keizer. Greg and Debbie Ego Keizer To the Editor: Mayor Lore Christopher has proven she is a leader.  We have a new city hall, quality city employees, nice parks, a safe community, and one of the lowest tax rates in Oregon. Mayor Lore Christopher gets things done for Keizer. Respectfully, I ask...

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