Day: January 13, 2017

Celtics score season-low 47

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—The game started just like most of McNary’s. Celtics win the tip, Matthew Ismay bounces a perfect pass to an open Easton Neitzel, who scores an easy layup to give McNary a quick 2-0 lead. It ended much differently as the Celtics, who came into West Salem averaging 76 points per game and had hit at least 80 six times, were held to a season low in a 56-47 loss. “Their zone slowed us down and we didn’t attack and look to score as much as we usually do,” McNary senior Cade Goff said. “They put some long guys up top and slowed our game down and we played more into their hands instead of how we play.” The Titans jumped out to a 15-4 lead as McNary didn’t score another field goal after Neitzel’s layup until Goff knocked down a 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining in the first quarter. The Celtics didn’t make a shot from the floor in the second quarter until the 5:32 mark when Goff hit another 3 to get McNary within 18-12. “We settled for some shots early where we could have probably been a little more aggressive getting to the rim,” McNary head coach Ryan Kirch said. “Give them credit. I thought they dictated the tempo of the game a little bit more than we wanted to....

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Parks fee collection method takes fire

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer City Council work session to launch the parks survey Monday, Jan. 9, turned contentious when one Keizer resident voiced adamant opposition to the idea of attaching a fee to water and sewer bills to create a dedicated parks fund. “I would rather you close three or four parks than try to collect this fee the way you are trying to do it,” said Judy DeSpain. DeSpain said the survey, which does not include language saying how a dedicated parks fee would be collected, is disingenuous. “The issue is adding it to people’s utility bills, and what upsets me most is that you are not having a vote,” DeSpain said. While neither the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board nor the city council are recommending a fee yet – they are waiting for results from the parks survey in mid-March – it is one of a slim number of avenues for the city to pursue in raising the funds needed to maintain and improve Keizer parks. To date, the most commonly-discussed method for collecting a fee would be through the city-issued utility bills, but it could also be set up as an additional bill – with additional costs – if a fee moves forward. “We’re in this situation because a governing body did not take care of things. This fee can...

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Lady Celts seek second scorer

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—Still looking for a second scorer behind Sydney Hunter, the last thing McNary needed was the University of San Diego-bound senior to get in foul trouble. But with 1:42 remaining in the first quarter, Hunter picked up her third foul and was forced to the bench. To make matters worse, Kailey Doutt, the reigning Greater Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year, got her second foul just over three minutes into the game. The foul trouble was too much for McNary to overcome as the Lady Celts lost at West Salem 58-46 on Friday, Jan. 6. “It’s on us if we don’t adjust,” MHS head coach Derrick Handley said. “The natural reaction as players on the floor are to turn and try to point the finger at somebody else but they (referees) called it consistent. They were the same the entire time. We didn’t adjust to it. That’s on our players. That’s on our coaches. We tried to talk about that at halftime and we did a little bit better job in the second half as far as not fouling as much. You’ve got to find the line between still being aggressive but not fouling. It was our fault. We didn’t make the change quick enough, obviously.” McNary trailed just 11-9 with 2:20 remaining in the first quarter before the Lady Titans scored...

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Parks? Cops?

Parks and cops? Parks or cops? One little word can make a huge difference in the near future of Keizer. Both are paid for from the city’s general fund budget. Both are important to the livability of the city.  But only one—parks—is the subject of a survey that will, in part, ask homeowners if (and how much) of a new fee they would support. The members of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advsiory Board have worked hard over the past year to fashion a survey about parks that is just now being sent to Keizer homeowners. The comprehensive survery is included with Keizer water bills; half of homeowners are receiving the survey this month; the other half will receive it in February. The survey dives deep with questions about how people use city parks and the future of them. The survey also asks respondents if they would support a new park fee added to their bi-monthly water bills; there are five options, ranging from zero to $8 per  month. An extra $8 a month is a small price to pay to vastly improve Keizer’s parks. Some households claim that their budgets cannot handle the addition of another nickle let alone eight dollars. Even at half that rate—$4 a month—Keizer parks would receive the maintenance desperately  needed. However, any neew fee could create a burder for some households. The results...

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Death of Obamacare threatens real Americans

By E.J. DIONNE JR.    Let’s try to get this straight. Donald Trump campaigned as the champion of lower-paid working people who deserve better than they have. Republicans have spent the Obama presidency complaining about high deficits and promising to cut them. And whenever liberals put forward major reforms, conservatives say: No, no, you can’t make radical changes on the basis of narrow partisan majorities. Let’s take it slow and be very careful. They love to cite Thomas Jefferson’s dictum, “Great innovations should not be forced on slender majorities.” In moving with reckless speed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Republicans are violating every one of these supposed principles. That’s because the principle that really matters to them is the one they try to shroud behind happy talk about efficiency and compassion:  They want to spend a whole lot less money helping Americans get health coverage. This needs to be made very clear as their throw-people-over-the-side juggernaut rolls forward. Any vote to repeal Obamacare before there is a comprehensive alternative on the table that all can study, understand and debate is a vote to deprive many of their health insurance. It is a vote to make the lives of millions of Americans demonstrably worse. And a bunch of politicians who regularly accuse their progressive opponents of being “out of touch” with the “real America” need to be exposed for...

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