Month: October 2017

General shames briefing room

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Since retired Gen. John Kelly became White House chief of staff, news outlets have portrayed him as the disciplinarian sent to impose order over an unruly President Donald Trump. Kelly rejects that scenario—when it comes to taming, he has other fish to fry. To wit, at last week’s press briefing, Kelly tongue-lashed the usually feisty White House press corps so relentlessly that in 18 minutes he reduced the usually swaggering scribes and talking heads into shamed silence. After Kelly slammed reporters for taking a “sacred” moment—the notification of family when a military member is killed in action—and turning it into a cable-news chew toy, after he pointed out the thankless toil of the 1 percent of Americans who serve in the military and after he directed members of the media to raise their hands if they knew any Gold Star families, Kelly offered one final salvo. “We don’t look down upon those of you who haven’t served,” Kelly closed. “In fact, in a way, we’re a little bit sorry because you’ll never have experienced the wonderful joy you get in your heart when you do the kind of things our servicemen and women do. Not for any other reason than they love this country.” Kelly’s trip to the podium was a rescue mission of sorts designed to extricate Trump from another media mud pit of...

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Rules on religious giving is a slippery slope

By GENE H. McINTYRE In a somewhat convoluted statement, media recently reported that the U.S. Justice Department has issued new guidance aimed at giving religious groups and individuals broad protections to express their beliefs when those beliefs come in conflict with government regulations. Attorney General Jeffrey Sessions’ directive, coming after President Trump’s executive order, mainly targets a tax law provision that thereby allows churches direct involvement in political campaigns but really set the stage in future for allowing Protestants, Catholics, Mormons, Muslims, Hindus and all others to ignore the nation’s civil laws. Long anticipated, Sessions’ action, following Trump’s announcement in May, also provides protections to America’s religious orders in hiring decisions that could threaten those whose sexual orientation conflicts with the chosen faith of employers.  Referring to his directive, Sessions has said that “except in the narrowest of circumstances, no one should be forced to choose between living out his or her faith and complying with the law” and that “to the extent practicable, religious observance and practice should be accommodated in government.” Now, there’s much more to Sessions’ mix of religion and government than the latest expression of his thinking on the subject.  During Sessions’ confirmation hearing early this year, he was pressed by his questioners to answer whether job security of a “secular attorney” would be respected in his Justice Department.  Sessions answered citing his concern about truth nowadays not being respected in our nation and that “objective truth is impossible without a certain religious understanding” and that “a...

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Celtics rack up 500 yards at North Medford

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Determined to be more physical, McNary defeated North Medford 40-20 in a non-league football game on Friday, Oct. 20. “Last year we got smacked because they just came out and were just 10 times more physical than we were,” McNary senior Brayden Ebbs said. “So all practice we were focusing on being able to match or exceed the toughness that they were going to bring to the game and I think we did really well in that part. This game we were just taking it to them and running the ball down their...

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West Salem on tap

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary (6-2) will need to play its best game to knock off West Salem (7-1) as the Celtics close the regular season on Friday, Oct. 27 at home. “Since [last] Friday night, we’ve been talking about just getting our minds right and be ready to play West the best we can,” McNary senior Brayden Ebbs said. “Last year we played them the best we could and we came out on top.” Since losing to Sheldon 41-7 on Sept. 18, the Titans have won five straight Greater Valley Conference games, outscoring their opponents 273-49....

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Celtics show bright future at GVC Championships

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary didn’t accomplish everything it wanted at the Greater Valley Conference Championships this season but the future continues to look bright for the cross country program. “The kids this year, seniors all the way down to freshmen, they competed really hard, they worked really hard and they pushed themselves all season long,” McNary coach David Holcomb said. “We’re excited with how young we are and how much we have to improve on for next year.” McNary senior Kailey Doutt and freshman Ella Repp both ran their best times of the season on Wednesday,...

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