Month: January 2013

The second time around

By SUSAN ESTRICH It is hard to remember how much better things are in America today than they were four years ago when Barack Obama took the oath of office for the first time. Then, we were in the middle of two raging wars, one in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. Now, one of those wars is ending, the other is over, and the most hated and feared man in recent times, Osama bin Laden, is dead. Then, we were in the throes of an economy on a dizzying downward slide, the worst and most frightening recession since the Great Depression. Now, while many of our fellow citizens are still looking for work and can’t find it, or are working in jobs that don’t meet their wants and needs, unemployment is heading downward and housing prices are heading upward. It may not be “morning in America”—the theme of Ronald Reagan’s campaign in 1984—but it is not midnight, either. We did not go over the fiscal cliff. So why doesn’t it feel better? When I think back on the first Obama inauguration, it seemed to be a moment of optimism and celebration. When I think on this one, it was Monday. I almost forgot to turn on the speech. It seemed like a very nice speech, but if you asked me to remember a single line just one day later,...

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Lady Celts beat Olys, Scots

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes  The McNary High School girls varsity basketball teams added two dominating wins to their Central Valley Conference record last week. A pair of 19-point quarters for the Celtics got them off to a roaring start in a game with Sprague High School Tuesday, Jan. 15. By halftime, McNary led 39-16 and the Lady Celts didn’t take their foot of the gas until the fourth quarter. McNary won 62-27. “We started the game with really good intensity and had patience on our offense,” said Stacey Titchenal, a McNary senior. For more on this and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Jan. 18 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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Conspiracy theories gone wild

By NICK THOMAS Yet another government conspiracy has apparently surfaced. Recent reports of the current python hunt in the Florida Everglades are being questioned by Python Truthers. The hunt, supposedly organized by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to remove invasive Burmese pythons from the Everglades, has reportedly drawn over a thousand hunters equipped with a range of firearms. The mob has descended on the Big Cypress National Preserve, some 50 miles southeast of Naples. But, according to the Python Truthers, there is no actual python hunt in Florida. In fact, the conspiracy goes even deeper, say the Truthers: there have never been any pythons in the swamps of Florida! That’s right, it’s all been an elaborate hoax according to James Kracy, a little known Florida college professor and head Python Truther. “If there really was a python problem in the Everglades,” says Kracy, “the government would attempt to fix it in their usual, bureaucratic, bungling way by creating an even bigger environmental nightmare—they’d probably have secretly bred a species of giant mutant mongoose and released hundreds in the region.” Kracy says the lack of NRA public support for an event that hosts a thousand gun-toting, beer drinking, hunters spraying the glades with a ton of bullets is also ominous. Those dubious about Kracy’s claims refer to the many photos and videos published in the press lately, allegedly...

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Wrestlers take sixth at Oregon Classic

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Oregon City High School varsity wrestling team has long been a thorn in the side of the McNary High School Celtics, but a dual meet between the two schools at the Oregon Classic last weekend proved to be a defining moment for McNary. The Celts won 45-27. “They’re going to be one of those teams reaching for a state trophy and we proved that we’re right there with them. We had to fight for that win and that was good, too,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. In that meet, Joey Kibbey won by pin in 4:37; Louis Palos won by pin in 4:42; Jordan Cagle won by pin in 43 seconds; Devin Reynolds won by pin in 13 seconds; Zach Hammerschmith won by decision, 12-6; Cody Ratliff won by pin in 45 seconds; and Mason Ross won by pin in 1:27. For more on this and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Jan. 18 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

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