Day: December 5, 2014

Wrestlers return in tourney Friday

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Many wrestling programs wouldn’t invite some of the top contenders in the state to their house for the first tournament year after year, but Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach, wouldn’t have it any other way. “There’s only one way to get better and that’s to wrestle the best out there,” Ebbs said. “We invite Roseburg High School to the tournament every year, and I think it says a lot about what they think of us in that they accept the invitation each time.” The Celtics host Roseburg, Cleveland and Dallas high schools for a varsity tournament Friday, Dec. 5. The action begins at 4 p.m. “It’s is exciting to have a three-way dual meet right off the bat,” said Celt Sean Burrows, a 126-pounder. “I’m kind of hoping to get the chance to wrestle Bennett Mesa from Roseburg.” Mesa was last season’s state champ at 106 pounds and Burrows heard he’s shooting for 126 this season. Burrows placed fifth at the district tournament last season. McNary’s state placers all graduated in June, but Elite 8-finisher Michael Phelps is back for his senior season and looking to impart the McNary legacy on the new faces in the Celtic line-up. “I look forward to working with them and helping them reach their potential. We were regional champs my freshman year and I want them...

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Drugs in Keizer

Heroin use nation wide has reached alarming rates, destroying lives and ripping families apart. Law enforcement agencies are forced to use limited resources to fight the scourge. Each user gets to heroin on their own personal journey. Some graduate from other opiates, some via peer pressure, others out of sheer desperation to tune out their lives and problems. Few communities are free from the current heroin rage; Keizer has not remained untouched. Recently a raid in the Gubser neighborhood resulted in the arrest of three people and the removal of two small children. Many people were surprised by the suspects—a businessman, his wife, and a former beauty pageant winner. The young beauty queen got the lion’s share of the attention, yet this case illustrates that heroin users can be anywhere in any neighborhood. There were four heroin overdose deaths in Keizer in 2012. Due to dilligent police work five men were charged with distribution of heroin that resulted in a young woman’s death. Interstate 5 serves as a constant pipeline for illicit drugs into Oregon and Keizer. There is so much that comes into our community law enforcement can’t keep up with it. The public may wonder why the police don’t raid a house that has been identified as a drug supermarket. It takes many months to gather evidence, including identifying suppliers, before action can be taken. The goal...

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Law enforcement

To the Editor: If people of all colors would obey lawful commands of law-enforcement officers they would not be subjected to any kind of harsh treatment. It seems to me that these people have attitude problems or suffer from mental problems. They may even feel they are entitled. Sure, there are some cops that have superior attitudes and foul personalities but most cops just want to protect and serve the public. They don’t make the laws but are employed to enforce them. Don’t forget our peace officers see the worst of people every day while on duty. When citizens are in trouble they call the police for protection and resolution of problems because it is their sworn duty to act.  Every police officer wants to go home safely to their family after their shift. Nearly all of the police shootings or violent actions have occurred when the person continued to act in some kind of a hostile action or a disregard of a lawful order. A recent news paper article cited statistics showing blacks were arrested three times more than whites. This was true both from national and local statistics. Could it be that blacks commit crimes three times more than whites?  I may be naive but I don’t believe that most cops look the other way when a white person commits a crime and arrests a person of...

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Shrinking the epidemic map

By MICHAEL GERSON My college roommate—the most immediately likable person I’ve ever met, a man who would now be such a present to the world—died of AIDS at the age of 30. Back then, people with the disease did not so much die as fade, becoming gaunt and ghostly images of themselves, as the virus gradually destroyed enough T-cells to cut their ties with the flesh. Metaphors don’t really capture the horror. Declined? Withered? At any rate, he died. That was 20 World AIDS Days ago, shortly before the arrival of miracle drugs that could have saved my friend’s life. Several years later, when I was on the White House staff, the existence of those medicines created a serious moral dilemma. While antiretroviral drugs were broadly available in the developed world, they were rarely distributed elsewhere. Of about 30 million people with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, perhaps 50,000 were on treatment. The pandemic had already produced 14 million orphans. Walking through South African shantytowns, I mainly met grandmothers and their grandchildren. The intervening generation was nearly erased. In the worst affected countries, life expectancy had fallen by 20 years. President George W. Bush refused to live with this dilemma, urging the creation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, then proposing a $15 billion emergency package of treatment, prevention and compassionate care (PEPFAR). A bipartisan congressional...

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