Day: March 14, 2014

Thank you to bowl team supporters

To the Editor: The McNary High School girls and boys bowling teams would like to thank Don Lebold, owner of Town & Country Lanes, for all his continued support of the school’s bowling teams. Especially for help to grow the sport of bowling. A huge thank you to the McNary High Booster Club for purchasing the competition bowling shirts, and all their support; to Angie Morse for purchasing all the McNary Bowling sweatshirts for all team members, their coaches and score keepers. Thank you to Phil and Char Tyler who do a ton of behind the scene work, each and everyone one of you are so greatly appreciated. The boys and girls teams qualified first in district, and with the amazing support from the Keizer community and all the parents, off to state in Medford. Thanks, too: Ric’s Guitar for the Bass guitar for our raffle, along with the following who donated to our raffle, Darryl Pike of Best Value Insurance, Keizer Elks Club,Les Schwab-Keizer, Boucher Jewelers, Kettle Foods, Bullwinkle’s, The Cue Ball, Diana Marshall,  Keizer Curves, Anytime Fitness, Ireland’s Martial Arts, Body Renew NW, Nancy Burger’s and Fries,  JC Pizzaria, Snap Fitness, Guitar Center, Massage Envy, Arby’s, Christina Secco, Tara Kiser, Uptown Music, Keizer Computer Annex, The Cotton Patch, Java Crew,  Jake’s Bar & Grill, Big Town Hero, Dairy Queen, Subway, Cold Stone Creamery, The Rock Pizza (Wood...

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Trading $1M a year for $174,000

Sadness and disappointment, those were the emotions felt after reading a front-page article on political candidate Monica Wehby, M.D. that Jeff Mapes wrote and The Oregonian published in its March 1 edition.  Wehby, Mapes writes, is a Portland-based Republican who seeks to be the GOP’s candidate to run against U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley, the presumptive Democratic candidate, seeking to serve a second term. I’m sad and disappointed that another, currently among many medical doctors (in her case, one with a rare talent in Oregon, she being a pediatric neurosurgeon), wants to leave her profession for politics.  After all, pediatric neurosurgeons, whose education and training is underwritten by taxpayers, many of whom are parents, save babies; nevertheless, she wants to walk away from her baby-saving job? The Republican office-holders in D.C., as we know, are a group of politicians representing many states who serve in the U.S. Congress as absolute obstructionists to all things President Obama defends, including to end or significantly reduce all U.S. social and entitlement programs in order to protect the nation’s wealthy and big business executives from their share of the tax burden and do away with much of the federal regulations on business and industry.  This means, among federal expenditures, to reduce food stamps for hungry American children and the Head Start program, all of which would seem to contradict a medical doctor’s Hippocratic Oath to do no harm. According to Mapes, Tennessee-raised Wehby supports, as do Southern doctors in the American Medical Association (AMA), that “doctors should be able to independently contract with Medicare patients.”  This change, opposed by the AARP because it will burden the nation’s seniors with higher medical costs, would allow doctors “to...

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Want change? Start in our high school

By ERIC A. HOWALD It’s a sad comment on the state of our world when two teens in our community stand accused of a murder and my first thought is, “At least they didn’t open fire at one of the schools.” In nearly eight years of operating in and around McNary High School as part of my jobs at this paper, I often feel I’ve spent more time there than I did my own alma mater. I’ve known several students since their freshman year and followed their trajectories to graduation and beyond. When I first started working here, I got to know a handful of students on something more than a name-and-face basis. One even covered the sports desk for a while when I was news editor. To this day, he’s one of my favorite colleagues ever. It’s hard not to get attached at times. To cheer for them when they do well. To shake my head when one of them falls off the straight and narrow. To assume a little bit of pride in them and their accomplishments, even if that’s not my place. Those are the reasons it hit so hard when I went to talk with a group of Celtic students three years ago about their efforts to end bullying at McNary. I sat at the front of their classroom as they told me about the...

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