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Let’s talk about sex, maybe: Students, teachers united against reporting changes

Students, teachers united against reporting changes By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes An expansion of mandatory reporting policies in the Salem-Keizer School District isn’t sitting well with teachers or students at McNary High School. Teachers were notified in the second week of October that they would need to take an additional mandatory reporting training online and, by early last week, teachers, students and even parents were challenging the new rules in private and through petition and protest. “It’s really nice to be able to go to our teachers because there are some things you aren’t comfortable talking with your parents about. The teachers...

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Three branches of government

To the Editor: I have spent most of my long life in Oregon but I was born in England. Before I could become a U. S. citizen I had to learn about the American system of government. Three branches: Legislative, Executive and Judicial, each branch operating independently but also providing a “check and balance” to the other two. When did this system break down, allowing one man to use “executive orders” to bypass the other two? Is this not the way a dictatorship works? Beryl MacDonald...

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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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