Day: March 31, 2017

McNary thespian to compete at state

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Annie Purkey will be busy at the Oregon Thespians State Festival on April 6-7 in Salem. Along with performing in Defying Gravity, which was selected as one of two high school plays in the state to be showcased at the festival, Purkey will also compete in solo acting after finishing in the top 10 percent of 77 entries at regionals in February. Actors perform two contrasting monologues totaling three minutes in front of a group of judges. When picking her pieces, Purkey chose two male characters—Rosencrantz in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are...

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RARE Bears spotted at Keizer sewing shop

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Judy Craig is looking for local seamstresses willing to turn out a sloth of cloth bears while learning some new skills along the way. Last week, Craig, owner of Bernina Stretch & Sew Fabrics on River Road, launched the store’s RARE Bear campaign. Over the next few months, she’s inviting patrons and newcomers to visit the shop for a five-hour sewing lesson that results in a stuffed bear that will be given to a child with a rare disease. “Each bear gets it’s own tag that’s sewn in with a serial number...

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Closed: Gone to Arizona

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes The McNary varsity baseball team hasn’t been able to practice on its field, much less play a game. “We literally haven’t been on our varsity field one time,” Celtics head coach Larry Keeker said. “We’ve done some on-field batting practice but we’ve had to stay off the dirt. It’s just way too soft. It’s too muddy. Even the grass area is super soft as well. We’ve been able to get on the JV field a couple times.” McNary was scheduled to open its season on March 15 at home against Canby and then...

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Deductions, PERS, K-12 & life

From the Capitol By REP. BILL POST Another couple of weeks in the Oregon Legislature and the days are long here at the Capitol, but each one seems to go by quickly as they are full of committee hearings, research, and meetings with constituents and others regarding specific bills. There are many conversations being had about the budget and what is being called the “transportation package,” but it’s currently too early to tell what will be included in those bills. While we are waiting for the details, we are moving a few bills every day on the House floor....

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Popular vote should be rule

To the Editor: On February 23, our state senator, Kim Thatcher, argued in The Times against Oregon signing on to the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact (NPVIC). NPVIC states allocate Electoral College votes to the presidential candidate with the plurality of votes across the country. NPVIC does not change how the Electoral College works. It changes the way states signing it allocate their votes, a state right under the Constitution. Senator Thatcher seems to prefer the congressional district method that “give[s] the states better representation within their own geographical diversity.” This method moves the level of control from the state (winner take all) to the district. It does not protect “minority opinions or different ways of life” within districts, especially gerrymandered districts or districts with voter suppression laws in place. Analyses of how the congressional district method might work assume all states adopt this method, therefore eliminating state choice. The only way to ensure every person’s voice is heard is to base presidential election results on the national popular vote. NPVIC only goes into effect when states with 270 electoral votes sign on. If you want Oregon to sign onto NPVIC, contact Senator Thatcher and your state representative today. Angela Roccograndi...

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