Day: December 11, 2015

Celts beat No. 3 Washington team

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The McNary High School varsity basketball team started off its season in a big way: toppling the third-ranked team in Washington at the annual Fitz Tournament in Spokane. The Celtics beat Lewis & Clark High School, in its own house, 63-58 Friday, Dec. 4. It was the first of two wins the Keizer boys would enjoy at the tournament. “They were good and big and physical, but we played fast and hard,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “We missed some shots early, but we were consistent defensively and that allowed us to work our way back into the game.” McNary took the final lead in the last four minutes of the game and then got to the free throw line to clinch the victory. Celt Harry Cavell led the offense with 25 points and added 15 rebounds. “It was really a matter of breaking the ice and figuring out our go-to plays and theirs,” said Trent Van Cleave, a McNary senior. “We struggled on defense in the first half, but we were able to make adjustments.” Celt Adam Harvey said there wasn’t one thing in particular that led to the outcome. “It was keeping our composure, staying consistent and playing as a team, really,” Harvey said. Cavell led the team with 20 points in a 71-62 win over University High School...

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Security over privacy

We have all been horrified by scenes of carnage in places not much different than Keizer. Mass shootings have occured in such varied cities as San Bernardino, Newton, Colorado Springs and  Aurora. It doesn’t matter if the killings are a result of mental health, political or religious issues. The killings have occured in places local residents later say, “I never thought it could happen here.” That’s the problem: it could and it did happen there. Though we live in our quiet little corner of Oregon here in Keizer, is it possible to say we could not suffer a similar tragedy? We should not say, “It can’t happen here.” It can because we can never know what goes on in the hearts and minds of others. After each of the recent mass killings across the nation reports come out that someone suspected something but said nothing; or, someone felt someone was acting strangely and different than ususal. In a society where privacy is paramount we are loathe to invade another’s privacy. After 9/11 the nation was told if you see something, say somethng. A neighbor of San Bernardino shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik didn’t report suspicious activity at their house because he didn’t want to appear to be racially profiling or racist. Could a report to police by the neighbor have stopped the massacre? That’s unknown. All bets...

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Trust him?

It is hard to ignore Donald Trump. It is foolhardy to think that in the end cooler heads will prevail and his presidential candidacy will collapse under the weight of his positions and pronouncements. While Republican establishment candidates try to gain traction for their campaigns, the Trump juggernaut continues to grow. The people who attend his rallies and speeches like what they hear—he speaks to their fears and frustrations, even though he offers few specifics other than saying “trust me”  and “it’ll be great.” His call for a temporary halt in the acceptance of Muslim refugees into the United States “until we know what the hell is going on” fired up outrage from politicos and pundits, but his supporters continue their cheers. Less than half of all eligible voters cast ballots anymore in national elections. The people who do vote are very motivated. If our democratic system results in the election of Donald Trump and his policies, that is a result Americans will have to accept. We deserve more than “trust me.”  ...

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Parade marshal too politicized

To the Editor: Thirteen years ago Dr. Bud Pierce saved my life, so I certainly  bear him no ill will—nor grudges  due to his party affiliation, which he and I used to converse about during my course of treatment with him. He and (wife) Selma have certainly done a lot for the citizens of Salem/ Keizer; however, to name an actively campaigning politician as grand marshal of our hometown Christmas parade is simply wrong in so many ways. How about our chief of police or fire captain or medics or the caregivers for our elderly? Or the teachers we entrust our kids too every day? All are heros each and every day. Maybe the citizens should be the ones to chose who they want to be grand marshal of their hometown parade. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all. Carol Doerfler...

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