Day: August 11, 2017

Scholars simulate Mars mission

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes SALEM—Brent Preston, of Keizer, was just one of 12 local students to participate in the inaugural Oregon Washington Aerospace Scholars Sophomore Experience. The three-day camp, which took place July 30-Aug. 1 at Garmin Industries in Salem, gave scholars the opportunity to design a plan for a future robotic mission to Mars. The students were split into four groups—engineers, science, finance and public relations. Preston was placed on the finance team, which had to determine why the mission should be funded, who is paying for it and what the money would be spent on....

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Keizer crashes Hoopla

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Every team that signed up for Hoopla, a 3-on-3 street basketball event on Aug. 5-6 in downtown Salem, was guaranteed at least four games. Most of the 17 squads representing Keizer played many more. Bronbron Squad, a team made up of McNary incoming freshmen, had the most success. Nate Meithof, Gabriel Martinez, Landon Moore and Eli Petilo went 3-0 in pool play on Saturday and then won four tournament games on Sunday to capture the 14-and-under boys recreational championship. McNary sophomores Junior Walling, Nick Zuro, Peyton Kreitzer and Riley Flores, playing as Big...

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Words vs. war

Fire and fury like the world has never seen. Those are decidedly not diplomatic words—those are fighting words. Words that President Trump spoke about continued threats from North Korea. Trump said if Kim Jong-Un’s regime persisted with its threats against the United States, North Korea would suffer the harshest military reaction ever seen by mankind. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson walked back Trump’s comments. He said that Americans can sleep easy at night, that there is no credible threat of a Korean ballistic nuclear weapon hitting the U.S. Those are the two sides of the current American foreign policy...

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Writer gets inclusion right

To the Editor: Thank you Eric Howald for your thoughtful, compassionate and well written column (Why inclusivity matters) in the Aug. 4th issue of the Keizertimes.  It was in stark contrast to the guest  opinion of  L. Brent Bozell, III and Tim Graham, right next to it. And thank you for all the ways you are obviously contributing to make our community more welcoming and comfortable for everyone.  Some people say you can’t legislate behavior.  But we do that all the time with laws regulating driving, drinking and smoking, and other abusive or dangerous behaviors.  As you pointed out, words matter. Laws, policies and leadership matter.  I believe we can make a difference day by day, person by person, by treating our neighbors and even strangers in the community with respect and consideration.  Thank you for setting a great example. Kathy Lincoln...

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Rex Tillerson ineffectual at State

By MICHAEL GERSON If Cabinet members are to be judged by the gap between expectation and performance, Rex Tillerson is among the worst. He was supposed to be one of the adults in the room, a steadying force. But Tillerson has managed to be both ineffectual and destabilizing—unfamiliar with the workings of government, unwilling to provide inspirational leadership, disconnected from American values and seemingly hostile to the department in his care. Who would want to be known as the secretary of state who retreated from the promotion of justice and democracy? Yet this is exactly what Tillerson seems to desire. To a certain kind of corporate mind, a statement of organizational purpose—following a bottom-up, 360-degree, consultant-driven review process—is a big deal. The one currently under consideration at the State Department (according to an internal email obtained by my fellow Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin): “We promote the security, prosperity and interests of the American people globally.” In contrast, the previous version called for “a peaceful, prosperous, just and democratic world.” Let’s set aside the offensive clunkiness of the new statement. No, let’s not. Organizations like corporations have statements of purpose. Institutions like the State Department have traditions, values and missions. Tillerson’s new purpose statement could be adopted by any country in the world with the change of one adjective—the “Russian” people or the “Belgian” people. This involves a crude...

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