Month: January 2017

Why millions gather to say ‘no’

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Within 48 hours, we learned that Donald John Trump intends to govern as the same fiercely angry man who shook the country in 2016. He confirmed that his administration intends to show no regard for norms —or facts. His opposition has drawn the obvious conclusion. Its only options are to contain the damage Trump can do, to restrain him in his use of power, and, eventually, to defeat him. In his inaugural address, Trump offered no outreach to his adversaries with a take-no-prisoners message. They heard it, and were ready to return the favor. Saturday’s Women’s March on Washington and its counterparts in cities and towns across the country drew millions who signaled plainly that they would not be cowed into silence or demobilized into a sullen indifference. There was a jubilance in the Washington gathering because so many were grateful to each other for showing up in such large numbers. Those who had spent January 20th in gloom spent January 21st experiencing a sense of relief: In the face of the political troubles to come, they would have allies and friends ready to act. If power shifted decisively on Friday to Donald Trump and a Republican-controlled Congress, passion switched sides as well. As the marches showed, the political energy in the country is now arrayed against Trump and his agenda. Republicans no longer have...

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Why Cabinet nominees should be rejected

Were I ever in a position of power to take action on President Trump’s cabinet nominees, I would veto some of them without any further consideration. Here are thoughts for rejection from Keizer, Oregon: Steven Mnuchin as Secretary of Treasury.  This is the same guy whose record shows that he ruthlessly foreclosed on thousands of homeowners in the ranks of middle-class Americans.  Thereby, he personally realized multi-million dollar bonuses and made huge deposits of this money to his Caymen Islands’ accounts. He can be counted on to support more wealth for billionaires and big corporations while it’s certain from his past behavior he has little to no care for working Americans and their families. Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education.  She has proven by her record that she wants to take funds from the support of public schools and give those monies to religious and private schools.  Since the early 1800s, public schools in the U.S. have afforded millions upon millions of Americans from homes without the financial means to receive at least a basic education in reading, writing and arithmetic, providing those Americans with foundations for lives of success. Scott Pruitt as Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency.  He has proven himself as standing with big corporations that pollute our air and water more than the fundamentally important health and safety protection of children and families in Oklahoma.  In fact, he has brought suit after suit against the EPA in an...

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Celtics hold off South Salem, win first dual

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes With McNary holding on to a four-point lead entering the final match of the night, all Noah Gatchet had to do was not get pinned. But the Celtic freshman decided to do his team one better, picking up a 11-6 decision over Kelton Bollier as McNary defeated South Salem 43-36 on Wednesday, Jan. 25. Gatchet trailed 4-0 before earning 10 straight points in the second period and holding on for the victory. “I can’t think of another kid with a bigger heart on our team and he knew his job when he stepped out on that mat,” McNary head coach Jason Ebbs said. “Instead of being satisfied with not getting pinned, he stayed in good position, he scored points, put the guy on his heels and won that match. Hands down one of the most savvy and intelligent wrestling freshmen I’ve seen come through this program in a while. That’s having the right mindset, not being satisfied with a mediocre job but seeking a higher job and a higher purpose and going after it. I will always promote our kids, win, lose, or draw, always wrestle to win and you’ll find yourself in a good place.” While the Celtics celebrated Gatchet’s performance, even picking up the 106-pounder on their shoulders and chanting, “Noah, Noah,” Ebbs noted the dual victory, McNary’s first of the...

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SKSB, Salem settle who owns what

By HERB SWETT For the Keizertimes Property realignments between the Salem-Keizer School District and the city of Salem were approved by the School Board on Tuesday. The district and the city have been negotiating ownership transfers involving facilities such as athletic fields and parks so that property lines will eliminate ownerships by the district and the city of only parts of the facilities. Negotiations with the city have been in progress for several months. Objectives are for the district to own and operate properties it primarily uses and for the city to do the same with what it primarily...

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Pedestrian flags get another look

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It would be hard to find a Keizer pedestrian or motorist who hasn’t been frustrated by the state of pedestrian crossings on River Road North. At its meeting Thursday, Jan. 12, the Keizer Traffic Safety, Bikeways and Pedestrian Committee (TBP) revisited the issue. In early 2016, the committee began investigating the possibility of adding pedestrian flags at strategic points along River Road. With plans to place such flags in downtown Newberg making headlines recently, the possibility got another look. “It is an idea that has worked in other cities including Seattle and Kirkland, Wash., and Salt Lake City,” said Wayne Frey, a committee member who looked into what other cities had done to improve pedestrian safety. Frey said the issue as it relates to Keizer is that the spacing of crosswalks becomes inconvenient for pedestrians. Depending on where one wants to cross, it may mean walking past one’s destination to reach a crosswalk and then a lengthy backtrack once they reach the other side of the road. “Many pedestrians are just walking across the street in an unsafe manner by crossing the street with no crosswalk, signal or method to signal to the motorists their intention to cross the street,” Frey said. To alleviate the problem, Frey said the city could place pedestrian flags at any legal intersection on River Road North – a legal...

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