Day: January 12, 2018

McNary One Act Festival Jan. 18-20

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary senior Grace Condello earned a nickname during The Wizard of Oz—Director Grace. While Condello, who had a bad habit of accidentally telling her castmates what to do on stage, has never directed a show before, it has been a natural fit. Condello is one of 12 student directors participating in the McNary One Act Festival this year. “I’m naturally a director personality,” she said. “It’s been really fun. I loved getting to be a part of the casting process and pick the people who I thought would fit the roles and being...

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McNary swimmers set PRs against South Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary wasn’t able to defeat South Salem on Thursday, Jan. 11 at the Kroc Center. But the tough competition did bring out the best from some of the Celtics. Freshman Bella Beard swam a personal record in both the 200 and 500 free, winning both events in 2:08.60 and 5:43.68. “During warmups, I felt pretty strong,” Beard said. “I felt like I was going to do good. I didn’t expect to get best times in everything because I just dropped last meet.” Beard defeated Maya Merrill, a teammate at Mid-Valley Aquatics, in the...

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McNary boys out swim West Salem

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes McNary’s swim team dove back into the pool for two meets in three days. The Celtic boys edged West Salem 87-83 on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at the Kroc Center. Sophomore Kyle Hooper won the 100-yard freestyle in 54.38 seconds and junior Harrison Vaughn took first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:12 to lead McNary to victory. Vaughn, Grant Biondi, Brock Wyer and Wyatt Sherwood also won the 200 free relay in 1:42.64. Freshman Bella Beard touched the wall first in the 100 breaststroke in 1:15.63, the 200 free in 2:10.38 and swam on...

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Measure 101 is not the answer

We salute officials and legislators who endeavor to solve problems, and there are plenty of areas that have issues. The Oregon legislature passed House Bill 2391 in 2017 that imposes temporary assessments on premiums charged by health insurance companies as well as an assessment on large hospitals to help pay healthcare for Oregon’s low-income individuals and families. This month’s one-question special election for Measure 101 is asking Oregon residents to vote whether to keep HB 2391 as is or reject it. The problem is that HB 2391 creates problems also. There is nothing in the bill or the ballot measure that guarantees that money collected is earmarked exclusively for the healthcare costs of Oregon’s neediest patients. Money collected could easily be diverted into other areas of government operation—that is not something Oregon voters can knowingly support. The other glaring problem with Measure 101 is that it is uneven in whom it collects from. Large companies will not be taxed, though large public service organizations—such as public school districts—will. Measure 101 is trying to smooth over problems in Oregon and on the federal level. Medicaid payments are less than in previous years. One billion fewer Medicaid dollars would flow into Oregon. Measure 101 is really just a bandage. We think the measure should go down in defeat. We think this will force the legislature to address Oregon’s healthcare and tax...

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It sounds interesting…

After Sunday nights’ broadcast of the Golden Globes there was much chatter on Facebook and news sites about the speech Oprah Winfrey gave when she was presented with a lifetime achievement award. Monday morning dawned with people calling for Oprah to run for president. Her clarion call about a new day on the horizon in which women are treated and paid equal to men and harassment is no longer part of the discourse. She received three standing ovations. Yes, Oprah can speak and she can hold an audience. But that is not a reason to trip all over ourselves...

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