Day: June 10, 2016

Keizer girl keeps pushing after state track meet

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Leilani Salang, a Keizer resident and three-sport athlete at Blanchet Catholic School in Salem, set three national powerlifting records in March. In May, she won three events at the PacWest Conference Track and Field Championships, placed second in another and was named the top Girls Field Event Athlete in the conference. She then went to the State Championships in Eugene and reached the podium in all four of her events. No one could blame Salang if she wanted to take a break this summer before entering her senior year. But that’s just not in her nature. “I enjoy it and want to be the best athlete I can be and help my school,” said Salang, who was back at it in the USA Track and Field West Coast Invite Saturday and Sunday at Linfield College. Salang is working with Super Thrower Track Club and coach Scott Skipper in Oregon City, whose alumni include University of Oregon athletes Greg Skipper and John Nizich. She plans to compete in at least four more USATF meets this summer, all leading up to the Junior Olympics July 25-31 in Sacramento, Calif. Salang will also play volleyball this summer for Blanchet, where she’s a co-captain, as well as basketball. She wants to make time for a powerlifting event in Eugene in July. And Salang also has a job...

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To the class of 2016 only

Congatulations to those of you who are graduating from high school or college this month. You navigated the journey that at times seemed hopeless or worthless. Now you get to make your own path into the world you feel is not exactly waiting for you with bated breath. What have we done to our greatest natural resource—our young people? We hope that this year’s presidential campaign has not soured you on politics or public service. It would be understandable if the circus that is the campaign thus far turns you off; it turns many adults off, too.It is important to remember, though, that, like it or not, politics makes the world go ‘round. Most of you graduating from or getting ready to enter college are staring large debts in the face. That prospect keeps some from going to college at all. Sure, there are plenty of stories of billionaire entrepeneurs who did not finish college; those stories are far and few between.Unless you are heir to a large fortune, you’ll eventually have to rely on yourself to accumulate the things you want: house, nice car, gadgets and vacations to exotic places. You can attain all the things in life you wish, but you have to put in the time and work first. That can include creating something, working for someone or changing the status quo. Changing the status quo...

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Trump’s running mate

To the Editor: As Mr. Donald Trump searches for a running mate, may I suggest a few criteria? He should pick someone equally qualified for the office with good name recognition—from the west to balance the ticket and perhaps, a woman.  The only question then is, which Kardashian should it be? Martin Doerfler...

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