Day: November 13, 2015

Rams take 42-21 victory in first round of playoffs

BY ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes McNary High School’s varsity football team never threatened in a 42-21 loss to Central Catholic High School in the first round of the playoffs. Fortunately for the Celtics, the team had just enough big plays – led by quarterback Trent Van Cleave’s three interceptions – to keep the game interesting despite the lopsided score. The Keizer team was off to a rough start from the get-go. Three plays in to their first drive, a wild snap was recovered by the Rams at the Celtic 20-yard line. It took Central Catholic only two plays to notch the first touchdown of the game at 10:49. The Celts made it to midfield before fizzling on their first possession. Once Central Catholic had the ball back, a 31-yard rushing attack brought up first-and-goal at the one-yard line. The Rams scored again on the next play for the 14-0 lead. McNary’s drive started at the five-yard line because of a holding penalty and a fumble on the first play was recovered by Central Catholic. The Rams scored on the next play and, with 7:28 remaining in the first quarter, McNary trailed 21-0. “The difficult thing to swallow is that, if you take away the first four minutes of the game, we played them even the rest of the way,” said Jeff Auvinen, McNary head coach. “It’s just...

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‘She did not want to die’

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes If need be, Sue doesn’t mind being blunt when it comes to drugs. “If you gave people a loaded gun and told them to put it to their head, they wouldn’t do it,” Sue said. “But that’s what they do with heroin. It’s the same thing.” Unfortunately, Sue has some experience with the topic. Her daughter, Peggy (both names have been changed for this Chasing Dark story), died this summer after an infection from needles. Peggy had heart issues and used drugs for years, in particular heroin. In last week’s Chasing Dark story with members of the Keizer Police Department’s Community Response Unit (CRU), there was an emphasis on how addicts have to be willing to make the choice to get clean before any change can be seen. “If you’re an adult, are you ready to stop? You can tell me ‘I’m a drug user,’ but if you don’t say ‘I’m done with this,’ you are not ready for treatment,” CRU member James Young said. “Until they’re ready, they’re not going to go.” Rehabilitation is also seen as a key way to help addicts, especially once they express a desire to get better. Sue questions the part about waiting for addicts like Peggy to indicate a desire for change. “Rehab is a complete joke with heroin addicts,” Sue said. “I know for a...

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Care for the abuser, not the abuse

Moments of Lucidity By ERIC A. HOWALD The friend request arrived earlier this year, nearly 20 years since our last conversation. That one went something like this: “Eric, phone call.” “Thanks, mom.” “Hello?” A pause. “Hi, Eric, it’s Mike. I’m in the hospital.” This is how my former best friend opened the conversation after twelve months of radio silence. “Why are you in the hospital?” “I had an accident. I OD’d. I was dead for four minutes before the medics revived me.” “Oh.” Another long pause. “Are you okay now?” He sniffed hard. This was something of a nervous tick he’d had ever since we first met at age 12. We were 19 at the time of the phone call. “Yeah, it was about six weeks ago, but I’m trying to contact some of my old friends, now.” This didn’t sound like Mike. This sounded like it was coming from someone in the hospital room with him telling Mike this is what he should do. “Okay, are you still in the hospital?” “Right now, yeah, but I hoped I could call you after I get out.” “Sure, just let me know.” “Okay.” “Okay.” “Bye.” “Bye.” Click. As far as I was concerned, our friendship had ended the prior autumn. After five years of near inseparability, with Mike spending entire weekends smashing Nintendo buttons with me at the foot of...

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Mizzou’s very real political football

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Activists at the University of Missouri just won themselves a trophy Monday. After weeks of protests against the president of the University of Missouri System, Tim Wolfe —and, most importantly, after the Mizzou football team threatened to boycott games until Wolfe quit—the administrator caved. “It is my belief we stopped listening to each other. We have to respect each other enough to stop yelling at each other and start listening and quit intimidating each other,” said the clearly intimidated Wolfe. The New York Times attributed student and faculty demands that Wolfe resign to “racial tensions.” Black students report being called the N-word. In October, someone used feces to draw a swastika in the university’s Gateway Hall. Activists formed the group Concerned Student 1950, named after the year the University of Missouri first admitted African-Americans. I share their anger at demeaning, racist language and the yahoos who drove through campus Sunday in trucks with Confederate flags. I just don’t understand what Wolfe had to do with those episodes. Critics charge that Wolfe had become isolated. The fact that head coach Gary Pinkel supported his players’ threatened boycott suggests that is the case. Last month, when protesters surrounded Wolfe’s car during the homecoming parade, Wolfe’s driver revved the engine. One protester told The Washington Post the car bumped another protester. Over the weekend, when students surrounded Wolfe...

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