Day: September 9, 2016

Citing censorship, council denies fast pass for ‘trusted’ art exhibitors

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes There will not be a trusted vendor program for organization hoping to display work in the Keizer Civic Center. At least not yet. Lore Christopher of the Keizer’s Public Arts Commission (KPAC) presented the Keizer City Council with a plan to expedite approval of artwork from organizations with regular exhibits at Keizer Civic Center. The request was met with trepidation by members of the city council who opted to tread carefully around any matter that would draw it or city employees into regulating the content of artwork destined for display in the civic center. “We went through this conversation when the art commission was established to keep the council and city out of content regulation. We want to protect the freedom of speech and make sure that everyone is granted the fairness of a process,” said Mayor Cathy Clark in voicing her opposition to the program. The primary beneficiaries of the plan would have been the Salem-Keizer Education Foundation (SKEF) and the Colored Pencil Society of America. Both groups have had exhibits in the civic center in the past, but the Colored Pencil Society said the amount of work required to organize the show and get all the artwork approved for exhibition took too much time on behalf of its volunteer coordinators. Christopher said KPAC was willing to compromise by instituting the...

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Lady Celts get ‘huge’ win

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Kayla Evans had been waiting for a win like this. Behind strong team defense, the Lady Celts passed their first true test of the season, shutting out Gresham 2-0 at home on Thursday, Sept. 8. The Gophers have been a mainstay in the state tournament, getting at least to the play-in game the last three seasons and finishing runner-up in the Mt. Hood Conference in 2013 and 14. “It’s huge,” Evans said of the victory. “We started from the bottom and we’ve been building up and up and it finally feels good to be up and be able to compete against teams like this and win. It’s definitely one of the best games we’ve played, ever.” It was Evans who got McNary on the scoreboard with a header off a corner kick from Gina Munguia in the 25th minute. Freshman Samantha Alfano scored the second goal in the 71st minute. For more from McNary’s win over Gresham, pick up the Sept. 16 edition of the...

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High medicine prices due to greed

If you live in a congressional district anywhere in America, then you are part of the problem. Scotta Callister spoke of the Mylan/EpiPen thievery (EpiPen is mighty—but only for those who afford it, Keizertimes, Sept. 2).  I was struck because I am a large part of the problem.  There will be no “market fix” for astronomical drug pricing in America.  If there are to be any boundaries on the pharmaceutical industry or any other facet of the health care industry they must be set by Congress.  Until you and I demand action they will continue on with the important business of calling each other names. Even when modest efforts to bring costs down are made, Congress resists them. Congress created Medicare Part D drug coverage while including language that stripped them of the power to negotiate drug prices. There are some legitimate concerns about simply asking Medicare to bargain hard with drug companies.  When you see that other countries charge prices much less than ours for identical medicines you should recognize that those countries are not asked to share in the research and development costs of new medicines, most of which is done in the United States. Many times those countries may actually harm their citizens by waiting for price drops before supplying new medicines proven effective from the outset. In many countries, and even with our own Veterans...

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