Month: December 2016

An equation for disaster?

Americans have heard it more than once: “I’ll bet he is turning over in his grave,” when a matter occurs that we know would greatly upset a certain deceased person. I think of Alexander Hamilton when I think of a person from the past who’d likely be rolling over in his grave if such an event ever happens.  What would do it to him?  The outcome of the nation’s Electoral College meeting and vote. From the founding of our republic, members of the Electoral College have had a constitutional responsibility to vote for a qualified person to be the president of our nation. At the urging of Hamilton, the Electoral College was made a part of the Constitution to make certain that every president—including the 45th, now waiting in the wings for January 20—must be competent and capable to perform the duties of the office. Hamilton and the other founding fathers were cautious in their faith of voters to be good judges but had the foresight to realize that sometime in the future, voters might not select a candidate with the right stuff sufficient to be president. It has been argued of late, in no uncertain terms, that Donald J. Trump lacks the temperament and ability, causing him to be unfit for America’s most important political job. They met in Washington, D.C. on December 19 and gave their votes in sufficient number to...

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Keizer woman wins ‘Super Bowl’ of Rodeo

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes In September, most of the women who were headed to the 2016 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo (NFR) earlier this month had already secured their spot. Keizer’s Amber “Amberleigh” Moore was still on the bubble. “I was ranked about 16th or 17th and only the top 15 get to go. It’s all based on total winnings from the last year,” said Moore. She didn’t expect to be as close as she was. This year was supposed to set up a run at the “Super Bowl of Rodeo” in 2017, but her horse Paige,...

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Local nonprofit has near-perfect record in resheltering families

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council got a glimpse into one of the more successful organizations tackling the problem of homelessness in the mid-Willamette Valley. Recently-arrived Keizer resident TJ Putman briefly spoke to the council about his work as executive director of the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN), a non-profit collective of 19 local churches transitioning homeless families into homes of their own. “We’re having great outcomes. You guys are making a difference in homelessness and you probably didn’t even know it,” Putman said. Salem and Keizer partner as a joint jurisdiction to tap into the HOME Investment Partnership Program offered by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development. IHN receives about $200,000 annually to help rehouse families with children, but services it has developed around that core need have led to a 96 percent success rate once families move out of temporary shelter. Each week, an IHN church – including St. Edward Catholic Church in Keizer – opens up its doors to homeless families who receive a meal and spend the evening there before returning to the IHN day site in west Salem to prepare for school and work. Keizer’s Salem Mennonite Church and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are supporting congregations, but do not host. “Volunteers from the churches and the community prepare meals for families and there is...

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New store is Lego HQ in Keizer

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Matthew Bauman, the franchise owner of the new Bricks & Minifigs on River Road North, knew that local Lego enthusiasts were looking forward to the store opening. Still, the response surprised him. “I was away from the shop for a little while on the first day and called my wife. She told me there were 20 people in the store shopping and to get back as soon as possible. It feels like everyone has been very excited and welcoming,” said Bauman. Bauman opened the shop, located at  3670 River Road N., about...

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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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