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Day: October 1, 2010

IN THE RING: The fourth word

Each week the Keizertimes asks community leaders a question about current events.  To see more of this week’s answers or answers to past questions log onto and click on In the Ring.

This week’s question: If you could, what would you add as the fourth word in Keizer’s motto of Pride, Spirit and Volunteerism? Explain your answer.

John Morgan, MorganCPS Consulting—
That’s tough as I think “get ‘er done!” and “just do it. “ Keizer is a community that does get it done, whatever it is. It doesn’t get bogged down or way over-complicate things as a certain city to the south does (thinking about chickens in the backyard here). It is a community that pulls together to get things done, to create great places and things and events, to engage people in a variety of ways to accomplish that which makes the community great. There’s the word – Accomplishment.

Kimberly Strand, owner, Willamette Valley Real Estate—
Gratitude:  I am grateful for the community we live in and how we work together to create a better living environment. I have come to a better appreciation of our community and what it has to offer because of my involvement in Keizer Leadership.

Dave Bauer, co-owner, R. Bauer Insurance—
Pride, spirit, volunteerism & friendly!

It’s a simple word that means so much.

Ever walk through one of our grocery stores and just get a smile or a head nod from someone you don’t really know?  Is it because we are small and the feel here, is something special? Is it because we feel comfortable, safe, and happy? Would we lose that if we were bigger?

Could it be better? Wouldn’t it be nice to have the ability to disagree without getting personal?  Wouldn’t it be great if we all listened to each other before we made up our minds? Wouldn’t it be great if elected officials and the public shared ideas for the betterment of Keizer with good dialogue and decisions?

Our neighbors, the schools, our churches, the businesses we shop, the fire and police that serve us, our city workers, and all our volunteers,  have that special way of interacting with us that make Keizer such a nice place to live.

Friendly isn’t new to our town. Its been that way as long as I can remember.

Maybe if we included the word friendly in our motto it would catch on even more, like the other words. Not too many communities have more pride, sprit, and volunteerism than Keizer. How about making it even friendlier?

Vic Backlund, former state representative—
Perhaps the fourth concept that would best describe Keizer is success.

The use and meaning of the word success very effectively states what Keizer is and what Keizer represents.  Examples abound:  Keizer is a great place to live; our Keizer schools are well supported by the community and a good number of students are high achievers; athletic success is very evident at the high school level  (state championships in baseball (3), football (2), basketball (1) softball (1) and wrestling (1) and many, many championships at the youth athletic level; Keizer is a great place to shop; Keizer’s taxes are relatively low-to-modest; and city government functions effectively, to name several.

Marlene Quinn, event planner—
I would have to say supportive. The city of Keizer has shown time and time again that they will work with and support other groups in the city; for example, the Rotary Club, Keizer Parks Foundation, The Chamber of Commerce, etc… Their willingness to listen to and to work with these groups has proven to be very successful for the city and the groups involved.

Richard Walsh, attorney, Keizer city councilor—
If we added a fourth word to our motto it should be community. Our motto could then be Community Pride, Spirit and Volunteerism.  We shine our brightest because our actions (including our Pride, Spirit, and Volunteerism) are motivated by, and flow from, a deep sense of community.

Jacque Moir, former Keizer city councilor—

Hope that we continue to be the community that I have known for the last 50 years.

Hope that we will continue to keep our hometown feel while we continue to grow and be productive in the future.

Hope that we continue to care about the city of Keizer as a whole and not just the few blocks that make up our individual neighborhoods.

Hope that we continue to support one another and keep the core values that have been Keizer’s for so many years.

Hope that we never quit striving to make our community better, keep it safe and encourage others to join us that have the same basic values that have allowed us to live great lives in Keizer.

Hope that even as changes to our community occur we never lose sight of what it is that has made this community great.

Hope that we never forget those who went before us and had the vision of Keizer and what it could be long before we became an incorporated city.

Hope that our kids, grandkids and future generations are allowed the opportunity to live in such a great place and keep it safe.  Pride, Spirit, Volunteerism & Hope.

Yes on Measure 74 is a smart vote


It is clear that Chief Marc Adams is more opposed to medical marijuana in general than he is against Measure 74 (Op-Ed page, Keizertimes, Sept. 24). It is apparent, that many law enforcement officers would prefer to go back in time to when cancer patients suffered through chemotherapy or patients using cannabis instead of addictive opiates could be arrested, prosecuted and jailed. Thank God, however, that Oregonians are more compassionate than Chief Adams and Sheriff Tom Bergin (who proposed an initiative that would have criminalized medical marijuana patients.).

Measure 74 will provide patients with a nontoxic natural medicine, recommended by their doctor, through licensed and regulated nonprofit dispensaries. The nonprofit dispensaries will not be “privately owned” like Adams claims. The dispensaries will be subject to inspection and audits by the Oregon Health Authority and their nonprofit status will be monitored by the Oregon Department of Justice.

Measure 74 contains common-sense regulation and provides the state with the necessary tools to effectively regulate the program. The common-sense regulation is why the measure is supported by a former Portland police chief, a former federal prosecutor and a retired Oregon Supreme Court Judge–their supporting statements may be read in the Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet that will be mailed to all Oregon voters.

Cancer patients shouldn’t have to go without a medicine that will help them survive through chemotherapy. Patients inflicted with neuropathic pain shouldn’t be forced to use addictive and dangerous opiates instead of utilizing medical cannabis. Diabetics aren’t forced to produce their own insulin. Medical cannabis patients should have safe access and shouldn’t be forced to risk their well-being on the black market.

The Oregon Health Authority has estimated that Measure 74 will generate millions of dollars for the state and will create more than 5,000 new jobs in the first year alone. By year four, Measure 74 is projected to generate $40 million and create over 12,000 new jobs. This additional revenue will benefit all patients as the revenue will help fund Oregon health programs and medical research that could lead to new medicines that will benefit everyone.

Chief Adams bullet points have nothing to do with Measure 74. He simply went back in time before Oregonians made the compassionate vote in favor of the Oregon Medical Marijuana Act.

While Oregon’s medical marijuana law has benefited the thousands of patients who have been registered by over 3,000 Oregon doctors and generated over a million dollars for the state, we can do better. We can improve the lives of more patients while creating more jobs and generating more revenue.

A yes vote on Measure 74 is both the compassionate and smart vote.

Anthony Johnson is co-author and co-chief petitioner of Measure 74.

Harmful bureaucracy indeed

To the Editor:

I read Chris Peyton’s guest opinion in  the Keizertimes (‘Think of effect of a big box ban,’ Sept. 24).

The last two words of his column struck a note with me: harmful bureaucracy. To me the harmful bureaucracy is the mayor and city council’s change of mixed use from what it had been. I am one of many that signed a petition (banning big box retail stores outside Area A in Keizer Station) because a lot of changes have been done over the years with no thought at all, in my opinion.

I have yet to see any improvement with traffic but they let a very large apartment complex go in on River Road not far from The Meadows. They can get money to put new landscaping and statues but no money to put bus turnouts on River Road or upgrading traffic signals.

I am very much for slow growth or no growth until the city gets back to basics and get caught up. Citizens have a right to try to correct what they see as wrong, if you are not for the petition don’t sign it and if it is on the ballot then vote no, that is your choice. I think Peyton thinks all bureaucracy is bad, so let him put the fox in charge of the henhouse, that is what you get too often with a laissez faire system.

Everyone has a right to an opinion, it’s just an opinion.  My opinion of what is wrong with the council: You can take a person out of Southern California but you can not take Southern California out of the person,  thus some of the problems we face when try to turn Oregon into Southern California.

Peter DeBeck


Tired of drivers breaking phone law

To the Editor:

I am sick and tired of seeing people continue to drive while talking or texting on  hand-held cell pones.  It’s extremely unsafe, folks, and, it’s against the law.

When the law took effect this year and enforcement was started, there was an obvious drop in people talking/texting while driving.  Now it seems the numbers have gone back up, and all you have to do is just look around to see that there are plenty of lawbreakers on the streets of Keizer.

I totally respect our local police, but I think they might be dropping the ball a little on this matter.  Twice recently I watched as people talking on hand-held phones drove right in front of Keizer officers and neither officer responded.

John A. Clay

Help a scout, help the library

To the Editor:

I am a member of Boy Scout Troop 67 and am working on my Eagle project. My project benefits the Keizer Community Library.

Keizer is the only city of its size in the U.S. that does not have a funded library.  To keep the library operational, the library staff holds biannual book sales to raise revenue to pay the bills. The main challenge with this is the library needs more books.

You can contribute to this cause by leaving books, DVD’s, VHS tapes, or books on tape (no textbooks or magazines) in collection bins at Roth’s Fresh Market, Keizer True Value Hardware, or the Keizertimes office before October 30.

If you wish to make a financial donation, you may bring it to the library which is located in the Keizer Heritage Center at 980 Chemawa Rd. NE. If you have any questions call me at (503)-463-6546. Thank you in advance for your donations.

Grant Gerstner

Are dogs a priority?

To the Editor:

I read that Keizer has 16 parks in the city.  I am happy for Keizer’s  families.  It must take quite a few dollars to maintain them, but  families are worth it.  For years I have been an advocate for children/family entertainment and activity centers .  My thoughts on this line began when my children were young and when two skate palaces were closed, and the last one several years later.  We even had an ice rink in West Salem.  Nothing for years replaced these avenues of entertainment for our young people.

I know of one resident here in Keizer who has worked endless hours trying to bring tennis courts to Keizer—I wonder if his hundreds of hours of efforts have been wasted with delays from a city council which thinks they know where, when and if they should be placed.

I had hopes that a library for Keizer would be on the council’s agenda some time and so far it doesn’t seem to be a concern. It looks like the library lease (Heritage Community Center) may be debatable for a longer extension , but an irrigation system for $19,000 is a concern of the council’s for the dog park and “huge changes” according to a recent article will be accomplished soon to make this happen.

Why and how can Keizer afford this when they can’t add on to the library or replace it into the civic center or another larger structure  so that we residents do not have to go to the city of Salem for our books to the tune of $65 a year?

Now it seems that the library and other civic needs may have to be put on hold while we beautify our streets, add expensive beautiful (?) statues to them and the dogs get first  preference—and many of us do not have dogs!

Am I missing something?

Lorna Moore

Vote out those who passed Obama care

To the Editor:

Were you angry about congress passing a major health care bill that increases the costs of health insurance, increases taxes in the middle of a recession, puts the federal government in control of the health care you can receive, does absolutely nothing to reduce the costs of medical care, and guarantees the bankruptcy of the country in years to come?  Were you angry that they passed this law when the majority of Americans saw through the nonsense of this bill and were against it?  Were you angry that congressmen were bribed and threatened to vote for this bill?  Were you angry when they did an “end around” in the Congressional voting protocol to cram this through?

It is time for retribution. Vote against the people that did this to America.  No matter what else they may have done, this was a treasonous act. Vote Ron Wyden, Kurt Schrader, Peter DeFazio, David Wu and Earl Blumenauer out of office!

John Russell

Creative signs at intersection

To the Editor:

Are you old enough to remember the Burma-Shave signs of the 1950s?

If we were to post a series of signs along Brooklake Road, heading west toward the invisible ravine at Wheatland Road, accidents might be reduced.

To get it started, here is my idea:

If you want

To see tomorrow

Stop ahead

And avoid sorrow

Ravine ahead!

Bright colors and bold fonts would increase visibility.

One more thing: under those arrows on Wheatland Road, add the words ‘Danger-ravine here.’

Joanne Sandhu

Landscape as a language

Storyteller Thomas Doty shares tales in the native tradition with students in the class of Forest Ridge teacher Laurie Aguirre. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

Of the Keizertimes

Travelers headed south on Interstate 5 might drive past the the table rocks and recognize that they’re actually 4.5-million-year-old lava flows, but for storyteller Thomas Doty those same rocks are much more.

“That’s a fine story,” said Doty. “But to know that they’re the dragonfly brothers at the end of their journey up the Rogue River and the center of the Takelma [tribe] universe, that’s a whole other thing.”

Doty visited Forest Ridge Elementary School last week to share a variety of stories from the native tradition with students at the school.

In an early morning session, he told the gathered students an origin story about the sun and the power of dreams, the tale of a father and son who walked into the moon and sun, and Bear wanting to fly.

The question of the day for many of the students gathered was: are the stories true?

When Doty replied, “yes,” there were outbursts of disbelief.

“It doesn’t matter if you believe what happens in the stories but what the stories tell us about life and being alive, like Bear trying and trying until he learns to fly, are very true.”

After the day of storytelling, Doty elaborated on the statement.

“People gain appreciation for the world around them through stories, and when we know a place’s stories, we tend to take care of it better,” he said.

Moreover, he hopes the kids he speaks to are inspired to create their own stories and share them with one another.

“Through stories we learn to be a participant in the world rather than an intruder in it,” he said.

In conjunction with the words of each tale, Doty calls upon an arsenal of gestures to create a sense of action and events.

“Several are traditional Northwestern tribe gestures, some are Native American sign language, some are based on rock writing and then some are totally spontaneous,” he said.

He decides which stories to tell each class on the fly, but all of his story telling performance start in the same curious place – breathing.

“A lot of people go through life breathing shallowly, but I started playing trumpet at an early age and learned early on you had to breathe deeply to make any sound,” Doty said. “If you breathe deeply, you’re a lot more focused, your movements are more graceful and you have more control over the volume and the quality of your voice. If you’re in that breathing place, everything goes a lot more smoothly.


Thoughts from students

Sydney Gate

“I went home and performed all the stories for my family including all the motions Mr. Doty used and my family said I should be an actor.”

Daniel Mathews

“I liked the story about Bear best because it taught me to follow my dreams.”

Michelle Gee

“My favorite was the The Boy Walked into the Moon and the Man Who Walked into the Sun because it is a father and son story and you grow day by day and reach your goals.”

Wyatt Tegan

I liked The Boy Walked into the Moon and the Man Who Walked into the Sun because it’s like life. You grow up day by day and night by night.

Detail work will be key to Celt rebound

McNary’s Alex Willeford wraps up a Bruin runner during the Celtics’ 50-14 loss to Barlow High School. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

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After a crushing 50-14 loss to Barlow High School and a mixed 2-2 preseason record, the Celtics have the opportunity to hit the reset button this week as they face North Salem High School Friday, Oct. 1.

McNary High School travels to meet the Vikings in the conference-opener and follow it with a Thursday game against West Salem High School, Oct. 8, at Flesher Field.

McNary crumbled on offense and defense against Barlow, but the damage done isn’t beyond repair, said Rick Ward, McNary head coach.

“It’s a matter of getting punched in the nose and deciding how you’re going to react to it,” he said. “The first thing we’re going to do is fix simple mistakes, and mistakes we didn’t make in the two weeks prior – like having guys in the wrong place or two guys running into the same zone.”

North Salem (0-4) has struggled in its preseason contests. The Vikings have been outscored 122-62 in losses to Wilson, Barlow, Lakeridge and Hood River Valley high schools. Still, it’s not a team Ward is looking past.

“Their offense is a hard offense to stop, there’s three guys going three different ways and we need to know who’s got the ball,” Ward said. “That’s a discipline game, that’s an assignment game and we have to solve that this week.”

Celt lineman Alex Willeford is hoping to lead the team better from the front.

“We’ve got to try to keep everyone’s heads up. We gotta look at the mistakes and fix them and not fixate on them,” Willeford said. “I’m confident we beat them. We just need effort and concentration on every play.”

After North Salem, the Celts step onto the field with the heavy favorite to win the Central Valley Conference, West Salem High School.

The Titans, with a 3-1 preseason record, lost their season opener to Sheldon 34-27, but have coasted to wins over South Eugene, West Linn and Southridge high schools.

The team is led by returning quarterback Brett Smith, who is widely regarded as top senior prospect in the state. He had committed to San Jose State, but has since withdrawn it and opened up talks with other schools.

Regardless of their opponent, both games will come down to the Celts focusing on their games before worrying about what others are bringing to the field, said  Cole Sessums, McNary defensive lineman.

“We need to practice for every team as though it was our last shot at a championship,” Sessums said.