Day: October 9, 2015

Celts lose heartbreaking match to West Albany

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity volleyball team came frustratingly close to notching their first win over the West Albany High School Lady Bulldogs Monday, Oct. 5. “The first two games we played awesome and then I think we eased up a bit and they got it back,” said McNary senior Madi Hingston. The Lady Celts began the five-set match-up looking as though they might pull out a sweep. McNary won the first set 25-19 and the second set with a dominating 25-9 score. Then things snowballed for the Celtics as the Bulldogs won the next three with scores of 25-18, 25-15 and 15-10. “I think they came on stronger than we were hoping. All of a sudden, they came back with a ton of energy,” said Lady Celt Sam Van Voorhis. McNary’s Vanessa Hayes, who was recognized by the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club as an Athlete of the Week last week, had 18 kills and 13 digs in the game. Hingston had 22 digs and five kills. Jaylene Montano had 18 digs and Kylie Gilmour registered 17. McNary has yet to beat West Albany since the team joined the Greater Valley Conference in 2014. They are the only team to hold McNary winless in two seasons. Prior to the West Albany contest, McNary swept McKay and South Salem high schools in...

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Transit payroll tax gets debated

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Leaders with the Keizer and Salem Chambers of Commerce have made it clear they’re against a proposed payroll tax on local businesses to pay for transit improvements. A community conversation took place Sept. 30 at the Keizer Quality Suites to air some of the frustrations business owners have about the tax. The conversation was also a chance for proponents to explain the tax and to answer questions about the tax which will be on next month’s ballot. Needless to say, there were plenty of questions. Leaders with the Salem-Keizer Transit District have proposed a 0.21 percent payroll tax for all local private businesses – not just small businesses, as erroneously reported previously – to bring in roughly $5 million a year. That funding would help bring back extended weeknight service as well as weekend and some holiday service. A special election is being held Nov. 3. Governmental employers and non-profit employers (except for hospitals) would be exempt from the tax, though an explanation of that loophole was explained during the conversation. Bob Zielinski, president of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce, made his position clear early. “Another tax is too much to ask for,” Zielinski said. “That’s our position.” Nick Williams from the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce noted transit districts in Oregon have a “weird” budget. He noted his chamber leaders started a...

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Thank you!

To the Editor:  I would like to thank Keizer Automotive for talking care of my father in-law, Donald Ray, on Sept. 29.  He is an 81-year-old Korean War veteran who stays with us on Clearlake Rd. for about a month or two at a time, a few times a year.  He normally lives with my husband’s brother in Spokane, WA for the remainder of the time. Don has a scooter that the VA has given him which allows him the independence and freedom to go to the store or just cruise around.  He walks with a cane, but cannot walk long distances. He charges his battery to his scooter each evening, but we were noticing that his battery was not holding the charge as well.  As my father-in-law set out for a ride that day, his scooter died about half way down Wheatland Rd.  My father in-law walked with his cane the remainder of the way on Wheatland Rd. to Keizer Automotive. The gracious people who work at this business took him in, gave him a comfortable chair, brought him water and coffee, and had a couple new batteries brought in to their store to replace in his scooter.  Apparently, they picked up his scooter in their truck, which was still down the road, brought it back to their shop, put the new batteries in, and sent him out...

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After the UCC shootings

The tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg has whipped up the gun control discussion in America. Again. The discussion gets heated after every mass shooting. Some want to enact gun control laws that outline who can purchase a gun and how a gun is sold. Some say that any effort to slap more controls on guns is an enfringement of an individual’s rights they cite is in the Bill of Rights. Research has shown that an overwhelming majority of Americans—including guns owners—are in favor of more stringent background checks before a gun is sold. The recent effort to add gun shows and internet sales failed as does every other legislative proposal. After Sept. 11, 2001 many Americans were comfortable giving up some rights in the war against terror. Today we live with the reactions to failed successive terrorists attacks, as anyone who has traveled by plane in the 14 years can attest. We comply with the regulations that require we take shoes and belts off at security gates, we think twice when we are packing our luggage or carry-on bags. The National Rifle Association (NRA) is portrayed in some quarters as the Evil Empire that disregards life and limb. Yes, it is a powerful group which lobbies for its point of view. That’s democracy. The NRA is not evil, its members can be found across the geographic,...

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