Day: November 9, 2012

Boys 12th in cross country state meet

The McNary High School boys varsity cross country team trailed the pack at the state cross country meet in Eugene Saturday, Nov. 3. But, after making it to the state meet for the first time in more than 27 years, the team can still call the season a win. The boys sent seven runners to the meet and senior Tony Goemaere lead the team with a time of 17:58, which got him an 82nd place finish. Evan Rummerfield and Adrian Fernandez both clocked in a 18:48; Dalton Lindsey crossed the finish line in 19:07; Angel Goemaere finished in 19:28; Taylor Russell stopped the clock at 19:38; and Tristan Briggs finished in 20:23. The boys finished 12th of 12 teams in the meet. The girls sent two runners to the state meet, Courtney Repp and Laura Donaldson. Repp finished 80th with a time of 21:36 and Donaldson finished in...

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The influence of Dave McKane

Lore Christopher has won a seventh term as Keizer’s mayor. Facing a spirited challenge from City Councilor David McKane, the mayor prevailed in Tuesday’s election. McKane may have lost the election but his influence will be felt well into the new year. McKane ran on a platform of respectful leadership for Keizer.  By that he meant that the city council, led by the mayor, should listen to all those who come to speak before them. There is a feeling in some quarters that at times councilor’s minds are made up before an issue gets a public hearing. Some also feel that councilors don’t show the proper respect for citizens that come before them with concerns and views that don’t match those of the council. Whether one views that as reality or not, the perception needs to be addressed. Residents of Keizer need to feel confident they can go before the council for public testimony or speak at a public hearing and not feel they are being challenged for their opinions. On election night Mayor Christopher was already talking about creating a task force to address the respect the council shows city residents. Christopher got the message during the campaign. We applaud her for swiftly taking up this issue. Dave McKane may have lost the election but his influence will be felt for quite a while. We hope that he...

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New city councilors

Come January the Keizer City Council will look different. With incumbents opting out of running for re-election, the council will have three new members including a mayor. Long-time city volunteer Marlene Quinn was elected.  Neighborhood activist Ken LeDuc won his race against Brandon Smith’s write-in campaign.  Former Mayor (1993-99)Dennis Koho was unopposed in his run for a return to the council. The Keizer City Council will seat three new members who are not afraid to challenge the status quo and certainly afraid to express their opinions. With his experience Koho will be ready to go from day one. We expect that Councilor-elect Quinn, who is well versed in city issues due to her stints on various city committees, will get right down to work. She is no pushover and will represent the residents of Keizer well. Councilor-elect LeDuc will have a learning curve but he is up to the task. As vice president of the West Keizer Neighborhood Association he will bring a unique voice to the council. We congratulate all the winners in the council races. They’ve been elected; in January the heavy lifting begins....

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Veterans Day 2012

By JIM WILLIS “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  So help me God.” These 76 words contained in the Oath of Enlistment for entry into the United States Armed Forces bind our servicemembers not to a king or state, but to the U.S. Constitution, a document encompassing the vision of liberty and the rule of free men under law. Some might see this as a radical concept, but it is one that has kept America free and strong and a beacon of hope for people around the world for 236 years. It is also this promise that sets in motion the journey to serve our country with honor and, once fulfilled, results in the privileged title—Veteran.  Their bravery, their resourcefulness and their patriotism, marks them as America’s finest citizens; Americans who stepped out of the crowd and voluntarily took the oath.  They served under those words; some bled and other died for them.  The decision to serve changed their lives forever. This Veterans Day we remember that a veteran...

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Keep good driver’s license standards

By KIM THATCHER “The best defense is a good offense”—not only does that work for football but also for some of us preparing for the 2013 legislative session. I think this line will come in handy for many issues—especially for one that’s been in the news lately. There’s talk about loosening Oregon’s standards and issuing driver’s licenses to people who are not in this country legally. This could become a hot topic at the state capitol next year. A few years ago I pushed hard for stronger identification requirements for obtaining an Oregon driver’s licenses. Finally, former Governor Ted Kulongoski called for new rules, and shortly after in 2008, the legislature enacted a law to require proof of legal status before getting a driver’s license. In a 2007 executive order talking about the battle against identity theft, and national security, Gov. Kulongoski made a compelling statement about why these tougher standards were necessary. He said, “it is clear that Oregon must tighten its standards for obtaining driver licenses and identification cards in order to more effectively prevent fraud and criminal activity.” I’m certainly not suggesting all illegal immigrants are violent criminals, but a few are. Why should we open the door for a drug dealer from a foreign country to get a driver’s license in Oregon? Wouldn’t a document like that help them move about undetected while they conduct...

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