Day: December 23, 2016

Top 10 sports stories of 2016

#10 McNary’s new gym floor McNary High School renovated its gymnasium thanks to $20,000 provided by the Athletic Booster Club. The project included painting both levels of the gym, along with refinishing the 15-year-old floor to include a McNary “M” at center court with ‘McNary” and “Celtics” at each baseline. Work began as soon as school let out on June 15. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place in August. “It’s much overdue, a much needed project,” ABC vice president Scott Kiser said. Like the turf field the summer before, Kiser noted the new floor will be a benefit to...

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Eclipse event gets fee waivers

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At its meeting Monday, Dec. 19, the Keizer City Council approved fee waivers totaling a little more than $1,000 for the upcoming Keizer Eclipse 2017. Totally! event. The Keizer Parks Foundation (KPF) is planning an event at Keizer Rapids Park to mark the passage of a total solar eclipse over Keizer in August 2017 and intends to donate any proceeds back to the city as dedicated parks funds. Permits for the event were recently approved and led to the request for fee waivers, which to a large extent represent foregone revenue. KPF...

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McNary assistant principal moonlights in the dojo

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Rhonda Rhodes, an assistant principal at McNary High School, remembers life before she was introduced to Jiu-Jitsu as a college student at Oregon State. “I was one of those people that was capable but I’m certain I had ADHD before they diagnosed it,” Rhodes said. “When I was in school in the ’80s and early ’90s, that wasn’t a thing and if it was, I’m sure they would have decided that I had that. I had a lot of potential and I didn’t quite have the self control to reach it. Martial arts...

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2016 is almost over. Whew.

What’s that big sound? It is a collective, national exhaling at the relief that we are at the final week of the year.  Most would agree that 2016 was annus horribilis. The holidays well be a much needed distraction from the woes and worries of the world. This year brought too much suffering, anger, fighting, terrorism. All topped off with fake news that too many people take for truth without question. Can a time period such as a year really be horrible? This year had 12 months, 52 weeks and 366 days like any other year. A year can be great or bad depending on how our individual lives are going. It’s not a bad year for someone who received a big raise or found a living wage job after a period of unemployment.  It might be called a bad year if a couple was going through a marital break-up or if a loved one passed before their time. The American people are a good people. We cheer when others win; we cry when others lose, but generally we are on the side of our fellow citizens. Two thousand sixteen gave us plenty of things to cry about, but that should not define us as a nation. Our nation and our world is too mature for us to look at it through rose-colored glasses, yet, believing in the spirit...

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Honoring human dignity

By MICHAEL GERSON It is one of fate’s cruel jokes that conservatism should be at its modern nadir just as the Republican Party is at its zenith—if conservatism is defined as embracing limited government, displaying a rational, skeptical and moderate temperament and believing in the priority of the moral order. All these principles are related, and under attack. Conservatives believe that human beings are fallible and prone to ambition, passion and selfishness. They (actually, we) tend to become swaggering dictators in realms where we can act with impunity—a DMV office, a hostile traffic stop, a country under personal rule. It is the particular genius of the American system to balance ambition against ambition through a divided government (executive, legislative and judicial). The American system employs human nature to limit the power of the state—assuming that every branch of government is both dedicated to the common good and jealous of its own power. Conservatives believe that finite and fallen creatures are often wrong. We know that many of our attitudes and beliefs are the brain’s justification for pre-rational tendencies and desires. This does not make perception of truth impossible, or truth itself relative, but it should encourage healthy self-examination and a suspicion of all forms of fanaticism. All of us have things to learn, even from our political opponents. The truth is out there, but it is generally broken into...

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