Day: August 29, 2014

Celtics return to field, courts

McNary High School fall sports return with a vengeance next week just as the 2014-15 school year gets underway. School reclassifications and league realignments mean that the Celtics will be facing a deeper well of opponents throughout the season and will do without a number of non-league contests that would normally give the teams more time to start hitting on all cylinders. The Central Valley Conference is now the Greater Valley Conference with the addition of Forest Grove, McMinnville and West Albany high schools to the core group of the Salem-Keizer School District high schools. Soccer will also become a paid admission sport for all games between GVC opponents and mirror the admission fees for football, volleyball, basketball and wrestling. Adult admission will be $6, cost for students without an ASB card is $4, students with an ASB card get in free when their team is competing, and students in kindergarten through eighth grade will be $3. Non-GVC contests may be subject to pricing policies at other schools. The boys varsity soccer team will be the first out of the gate next week traveling to face Redmond’s Ridgeview High School Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 4:30. The junior varsity squad will take the field at the same time at Ridgeview. On Thursday, Sept. 4, the Celtic volleyball season begins with freshman, junior varsity and varsity matches all at McNary. The...

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House is worth the wait

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Deici Diaz can’t wait for Saturday. After all, it’s been a long wait. On Saturday Diaz, her three children and her mother will move into their brand new home at 1008 Alexis Lane. The four bedroom home was a Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Willamette Valley project. A Diaz Family Dedication will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30. “This is my new home, my new beginning,” Diaz said Tuesday afternoon while doing an interview in front of the home. “I’m so excited. I can just imagine myself and my kids here.” Daughters Sydney, 10 and Breanna, 8, will share a room. Son Lenny, 7, will have his own room as will Diaz and her mother. Diaz noted her children are just as eager as she is. “They are excited,” Diaz said. “They already want a dog.” Moving from her current apartment to the new house completes a long-time goal for Diaz. “Ever since I became a mom, I set a goal: I have to have a home before my 30th birthday,” she said. “I just turned 31. “In the past I tried to buy, but it didn’t work out. Then I heard about Habitat for Humanity when one of my kids brought a flier home from school. When I saw that, I said, ‘This is perfect.’” Diaz went to a meeting,...

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Political cartoons out of bounds

To the Editor: Over the years that my family has subscribed to the Keizertimes, I had always been under the impression that its editor, a trained journalist, held to that most basic tenet of reporting the facts without bias. These last three weeks of editorial comics, however, have been a great reminder to me that even a seasoned veteran such as Mr. Lyndon Zaitz is prone to being impressed upon by the sway of popular opinion. In the Aug. 8 edition, he published an essentially anti-Semitic and derisive ‘comic’ depicting Israel as wantonly targeting civilians just to look like “the good guys” in their conflict with Hamas fanatics. Fortunately, the following week some good citizen had the decency to rebuke the editor for allowing such a comic to appear in our own city newspaper, reminding him of the vast difference between the careless extremists and their Israeli counterparts, who take no such commensurate joy in the death of their neighbors (except for a very small minority). Even so, that same week (Aug. 15), Mr. Zaitz chose to publish a ‘comic’ reflecting the viewpoint that the people of Gaza deserve protection just as much as Israel (via Iron Dome), which is true. Hamas, however, has no real interest in such measures, taking a more cynical approach that uses the people they are supposedly helping as PR for their genocidal jihad,...

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Many blessings

To the Editor: When I read last week’s article in the Keizertimes about depression, it made me pause and think about the things that are really important in life. Whatever the cause of depression, we must always remember that where there is breath, there is hope. I myself am familiar with hardships, in fact it’s easy at some point to look back over our life and struggles to see any good  through the many disappointments. This is quite common as you get older—life is short and full of trouble.  I am well acquainted with disabilities, I also have had the honor of being a caregiver for seniors as well. I used to go with my dad, when he was alive and in better health, to retirement and nursing homes, where we would play music and sing the old favorite music from the past. I spent many years myself, sitting with the parents of many of Keizer’s families as they were lying on their death beds, many of them for the most part forgotten about and left there by themselves. As I spent time, listening and praying with them, trying to give them a little bit of hope, I learned about the importance of family, and the common struggles and concerns which often go unheard. Depression is a common ailment in older age, this is something that all generations can...

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Roland Herrera

To the Editor: We first met Roland Herrera 30 years ago.  He has continually been active in the Keizer community, working on so many projects even he can’t remember all of them.  Because of that he was recognized as Keizer’s First Citizen, an honor well-deserved. Roland knows Keizer. Through his many activities and his work at the City of Keizer, he has become well acquainted with the geography of Keizer and its issues. Because of all of his activities, he has many contacts throughout the community. This will really help him achieve his goal of involving more people in Keizer city government.  Unlike most people who have run for and/or served on the Keizer City Council, he is well known among Hispanics in the Keizer community.  They now represent about nearly 20 percent of the population here. It’s about time we had a City Council that reflects the make-up of the Keizer population. Please join us in voting for Roland Herrera for City Council. Mike and Betty Hart...

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