Month: December 2012

Editorial lacks logic on guns

To the Editor: Your opinion headline (Keizertimes, Dec. 21) proclaims, “It’s time to talk about guns.” There is certainly plenty of that going on. It’s the simplistic, knee-jerk reaction to the recent horrific shootings. Near the end of the piece you say “The gun issue is a people issue. We, as a society, must demand that gun laws be enforced, that an assault weapons ban is re-imposed …”. It’s a people issue, so we must go after inanimate objects? The logic behind that paragraph baffles me, particularly since the rifle used in Connecticut was legally purchased and owned under Connecticut’s assault weapon law. What evidence do you have that gun laws aren’t being enforced? Our background check systems are setting records for the usage of the checks, so apparently dealers are complying with that law. Every on-line gun distributor clearly states that sales have to go through a local Federal Firearms Licensee and I have no doubt that this administration would be all over any distributor not following the law-unless of course it was the Justice Department illegally buying the guns to supply to Mexican drug cartels (but that‘s another ignored story). Timothy McVeigh didn’t use a single bullet to kill 19 toddlers and 149 adults in Oklahoma City, just a rental truck full of fertilizer. Even if we could somehow make all the guns in the U.S. suddenly...

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KNOW says “Thank you”

To the Editor: It’s the day after Christmas and all the gifts should be open.  Keizer children are happy, fed, and clothed, because of the Keizer community and Keizer businesses. The ladies of the Keizer Network of Women (KNOW) want to extend our gratitude to everyone who contributed with gifts, donated funds or volunteered as we cared for 371 children this year.  It does take a community working together to bring this much joy. On your behalf, we who delivered gifts felt the glee, relief and gratitude and many, many hugs.  Thank you for sharing Christmas spirit with so many. Audrey Butler...

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McNary to host youth softball clinic

The McNary High School softball program is hosting a one-day softball clinic Saturday, Dec. 29 in the McNary gym, 595 Chemawa Road N. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. for the clinic that runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Cost is $35. Ages 8 to eighth grade are welcome. Former McNary players Hannah Bouska, Courtney Castronovo, Erin Hento, Hailey Decker, Olivia Yarbrough and Megan McDonald will be offering instruction. Participants should bring their gloves, cleats, bats, water and indoor shoes. The clinic will include offensive and defensive fundamental softball skills, pre-registration is suggested by contacting Head Coach Kevin Wise at  wise5202@comcast.net. Provide the child’s name, age, parent name, approximate skill/experience level, and contact...

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Celts eke out win over Spartans

McNary junior Jonathan Doutt had a 27-point game in the Celtics varsity basketball contest with Hillsboro High School, Dec.19. Doutt led all scorers in the 57-53 win over the Spartans. Hunter Christenson and Connor Goff put up seven points each for McNary, Hayden McCowan had six points, and Nick McDonald and Devon Dunagan had five points apiece in the outing. Doutt had two three-point goals in the game while McCowan, Christenson and McDonald had one each. Goff led the team off the boards with eight rebounds and Doutt had five assists. The win brings the Celtics to 3-4 for the...

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Smith looking to the future

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Last summer, Brandon Smith made the decision to not run again for Keizer City Council. Come next month, Smith will indeed no longer be on the council, as Ken LeDuc takes over the seat. “It’s bittersweet,” Smith said of leaving the council. “I enjoy what I do. I made a decision not to run. I don’t regret that. But I will miss it. There are things I worry about with the future. I want to be involved to help steer the path, to be a part of that.” For Smith, that means waiting to be confirmed as part of the Parks Board starting next month. Down the road, that could include running for council once again. “I think that’s something I could always do again someday,” Smith said. “I am 41, the youngest on the council. It’s something I would consider. I would have to look at the circumstances with family and work at that time.” Smith is wanting to still have his voice be heard. In addition to the Parks Board, he would like to be part of the Planning Commission. “When I decided not to run, I knew I still wanted to be involved,” Smith said. “I would also be interested in starting a new neighborhood association. It’s important to be involved.” Smith became involved with the council in the fall...

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