Month: November 2016

The all-Trump election

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Let me tell you about my life since Donald Trump won the Republican primary. I voted against Trump in June because of his history as an unreliable conservative and longtime supporter of big government. I voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in the general election. Yet I have had this dark presence that has shadowed me. Wherever I have gone, I have been put in the position of explaining or defending Trump by people who saw it as my duty to denounce The Donald. On the radio and in speaking appearances, it has fallen to me to explain to Bay Area audiences why someone who is not a complete idiot would vote for Trump. I can only assume that my questioners don’t know any Trump voters — other than relatives they must endure over cocktails during holidays. To mention that Trump was preferable on regulation, Obamacare or the U.S. Supreme Court was to invite scorn. How dare anyone conjure up issues when Trump’s rhetoric is so divisive? I’ve watched countless hours of cable news, during which reporters grilled Republicans about whether they would vote for Trump in November. Never once did I see a reporter demand that Democrats disclose whether they would vote for Clinton, even though she had set up home-brew servers for State Department emails and then deleted thousands of those emails after they...

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Oregon Spirit Chorus headed to Honolulu

The Oregon Spirit Chorus will represent the state at the 75th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack in Honolulu on Wednesday, Dec. 7. To raise funds for the December event, the chorus will perform  a show at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13, at the Elks Lodge at 2336 Turner Rd. S.E. in Salem. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for all others. To get tickets call 971-208-3386 or visit...

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An agent of peace

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Dr. Pritam Rohila thinks a lot about peace, mostly because he’s witnessed the horrors conflict conjures. Pritam was born in Rupar, India, when it was still ruled by British colonialists. When he was 11 years old, Britain gave up control over the land, but not before dividing it up into the modern-day India and Pakistan. “It was not anticipated that there would be an exchange of populations, but it happened because there was looting and raping on both sides of the ethnic divide,” Pritam said. There were days when he watched from his family’s roof as other parts of the town burned. It was a time of confusion because Rupar was a northeastern border town on the banks of the Satluj River and home to Hindu, Sikh and Muslim populations. For many days, before and after the cleaving, there was great uncertainty about which country Rupar would call home. In the end, Rupar remained part of India, but factions were already consolidating with Hindus and Sikhs on one side and Muslims on the other. “One day, the chief executive officer of the town went around to the Muslim residents and told them he could not defend them any longer. He said he would provide safe passage to the nearest railroad station 30 miles away,” Pritam said. In the days that followed, Muslims...

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McNary’s football season ends in Tigard

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes TIGARD—McNary had shining moments in the first round of the OSAA football playoffs. But they all came early as Tigard closed the first half with 35 unanswered points and rolled to a 58-28 victory over the Celtics on Friday, Nov. 4. The Tigers rushed for 235 yards and passed for 186 in the first half. McNary finished the game with 238 yards through the air but only six on the ground. “They came to play,” McNary senior Josiah Gilbert said of Tigard. “They were more physical than us. They stopped the run game. We were taking a beating. That’s all in credit to them. We played our hearts out. We did what we could. They were ready for us and knew what they were going to do. They were a big physical football team with a big physical running game.” The Tigers scored first on defense as Aksel Thorsfeldt intercepted Gilbert deep in McNary territory and returned it for an easy touchdown to put Tigard ahead 7-0 less than a minute into the game. But the Celtics quickly recovered. On the 11th play of an 85-yard scoring drive, Gilbert and Brendan Van Voorhis connected for a 33-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 with 7:51 remaining in the first quarter. McNary freshman Junior Walling then recovered a fumble, giving the Celtic offense...

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Celtics come up short at No. 3 Jesuit

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary gave one of the top boys soccer teams in the state a scare but couldn’t quite pull the upset as the Celtics fell 2-1 at No. 3 Jesuit on Saturday, Oct. 29 in the first round of the playoffs. “Our boys played really, really good,” MHS head coach Miguel Camarena said. “They stepped up their game. We had our chances. Unfortunately, they didn’t go through.” Jesuit, which has advanced to at least the quarterfinals  of the state tournament each of the past three seasons, scored its first goal against McNary in the fourth minute and dominated the first 20 minutes of the game. But a string of substitutions, bringing sophomores Jose Luis Bravo and Miguel Bravo in off the bench and moving forward Luis Lopez back, evened play. The Celtics took control in the second half but Jesuit caught a break, getting a penalty kick with 15 minutes remaining to extend its lead to 2-0. With five minutes to go, Gustavo Villalvazo had a long kick bounce off the Crusader goalkeeper’s hands, which Michael Reyes finished for McNary’s only goal. “I’m just proud of the guys for their effort,” Camarena said. With the season over, Camarena had mixed fixings. He pointed to ties to Aloha and Newberg early in the season as games where McNary blew leads. With a 5-6-3 record, the...

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