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Day: May 27, 2011

Aggressive dog shot as cops investigate domestic assault

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

A Keizer Police officer shot and killed a pit bull Thursday night after it lunged at him during a domestic assault call, authorities said Friday.

Several officers responded to the 1300 block of Country Glen Avenue NE at about 8:48 p.m. Thursday after a neighbor heard a man and woman screaming, particularly the woman saying, “you’re choking me.”

Upon responding officers found a woman with “visible injuries” to her neck and chest, and a pant leg was shredded. She said her ex-husband had attacked her while the pit bull bit at her leg.

L. DaRouse

The ex-husband, who was eventually arrested for five counts of strangulation and one felony count of domestic assault, closed the dog in a bedroom with the female victim’s one-year-old child after it threatened a police officer, said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff Kuhns.

Authorities said the suspect assaulted the victim in front of their four-year-old son.

When the victim went to let the dog out of the child’s room it became fixated on Officer Rodney Bamford, Kuhns said. Both the victim and Bamford tried to control the dog, including letting it out into the back yard, it kept baring its teeth and growling at Bamford, Kuhns said.

Bamford tried to distance himself, Kuhns said, by placing an ottoman between him and the dog. But he shot the dog once in the head as it lunged over the ottoman at him. Two other officers deployed Tasers at the dog almost simultaneously. The dog died immediately.

“Keizer Police Department policy allows for the use of deadly force to stop a dangerous animal which reasonably appears to pose an imminent threat to the safety of an officer or another person,” Kuhns said.

Police said the man arrested was LaNell E. DaRouse, 31, who had been staying at the address.

A dream come true…

Submitted photo

Alice Loomis, a resident of Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community in Keizer had two of her dreams come true:  she danced with a handsome man and she rode in a red Corvette.

On Friday, May 20, Alice was the center of attention at a special event held at the Willamette Heritage Center in Salem staged by Marquis at Home.

She arrived at the dance in her honor in a red Corvette.  She was greeted by dance instrucdtor Robert Masetre, who took her for a spin on the dance floor to her favorite song.

Alice, who grew up in Portland, was nominated to be on the Rose Festival court while at Lincoln High School. Alice however didn’t receive the Rose Queen title; a neighbor won the honor.

Her wish of becoming a queen has come true; she has been named a Rose Queen for Marquis at Home in the company’s 17th annual Rose Queen Tea, honoring remarkable senior ladies from various Marquis facilities for leading vibrant lives.

Submitted photo

Iris Festival – Review In Pictures

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Parade Winners

Mayor’s Trophy: Keizer Elementary Grass Roots Rhythm

Best Theme: Boucher’s Jewelers  (Rabbit and Top Hat)

Iris Award: Keizer Lions Club

Spirit Award: The Magic of a Child’s Imagination
(Little Country Tike Child Care)

Most Unique: Boat Car

Most Humorous: Soapy Paws Pet Salon

Commercial Division: Marc Nelson Oil Products Magic Carpet Ride

Best Mounted Group: Northwest Cavalry Association

Best Rodeo Court: Canby Rodeo & Clackamas County Fair Court

Best Rodeo Queen: St. Paul Rodeo

Best Novelty Group: Oregon Charros Association

Vehicles (Antique – Non-Modified pre-1955):

Road Lords Car Club – 1950 Ford (black)

Vehicles (Classic – Non-Modified post-1955):

Road Lords Car Club – Late 50’s Buick Convertible (yellow)

Vehicles (Custom – Modified)

1965 Maroon


Iris Fest Car Show winners

Auto Pre 1940: Don Oman

Auto 1951-1960: Jon Poole

Auto 1961-1970: Kelly Beller

Auto 1971-1980: Don Flesch

Truck Pre 1940: Brent & Bernadine Lindemann

Truck 1941-1960: Jerry Schuh

Truck 1961-1980: Dave Fox

Directors Choice: Bud Staudenmier

Presidents Choice: Don Oman

Mayors Choice: Gerry Adams

Best of Show: Ron & Ann Sowerby

Keizer vet survived nuke testing

KEIZERTIMES/Andrew Jackson

By JASON COX
and ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

When he was a child in Wakefield, Kan., Lowell Gunselman’s father often told him, “Live an adventurous life and you’ll never have to tell a lie because you’ll always have the truth to talk about.”

In his 77 years, Gunselman has done his best to live by those words.

It’s no small irony then that he’s spent the past two years trying to set the record straight about his experiences in the in the U.S. Navy. “We were just guinea pigs,” Gunselman said. “ I didn’t find that out until a year ago last September that it was classified as a human radiation experiment. I cried, I was so angry. When you take into consideration all the things that happened in Nevada and New Mexico, and all those guys are dead – from the early testing that was done on land – it really is a sad scenario.”

Gunselman was party to the hydrogen bomb testing at Bikini Atoll, the exercises he took part in exposed many of his shipmates and fellow soldiers to radiation levels that had a lasting impact on their lives. He fathered five children without incident, but knows of many on the ships and others near the area that weren’t so lucky.

“I didn’t know the stories about the guys who tried and tried and tried and their wives never had a live birth. One woman who had a husband on the Curtiss had 26 miscarriages,” he said.

In the early 1950s Gunselman graduated high school near the top of his class and planned a stint in the military that would pay for his college education and set him on the path to become an electronics technician. He was indoctrinated at San Diego Naval Air Recruiting Station on March 4, 1956, and because he’s already been studying to be an electronics technician, was sent Treasure Island.


The Story

The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission conducted 105 nuclear weapon tests in the Marshall Islands between 1945 and 1962.

Tests took place both underwater and in the atmosphere. Through the years Bikini Atoll has perhaps become the best-known site for nuclear testing in the north Pacific Ocean; 23 nuclear devices were detonated there between 1946 and 1958. The indigenous population of the atoll was relocated. Limited numbers returned in the 1970s, but left again in 1978 after additional testing showed dangerous levels of radioactive materials in the islanders’ bodies. The Academy Award-nominated documentary “Radio Bikini” tells the islanders’ side of the story.

The first hydrogen bomb was tested at Bikini Atoll on March 1, 1954. More powerful than expected, it contaminated a much wider area than originally anticipated, including fisherman on a Japanese fishing boat. The ship’s radio man died just seven months later of acute radiation poisoning. The original Godzilla movie was partly inspired by this incident.

The day when Keizer resident Lowell Gunselman ran out on his ship deck to repair radar was the first time a thermonuclear bomb had been dropped from the air.


“I was sent up there for a 26-week course, but with the electronics studies I had done in Detroit, I skipped the first 16 weeks and went into the 17th week on what was called radar special circuits and fire control, specialized, that I would never have gotten from a private school,” Gunselman said.

By the time he completed the course, he’d caught the attention of the commanding officer of the USS Curtiss, a seaplane tender with seven battle stars from World War II and Korea. The officer told Gunselman his qualifications “were beyond anything that we could hope for.”

Top flight credentials weren’t enough for the mission the Curtiss was about to embark upon, however. Gunselman was dispatched to Lawrence Livermore Labs National Laboratory, the nation’s then-repository for the best and brightest working on the nuclear weaponry.

“It’s where they all got together to do developing and testing,” Gunselman said. “I thought it was extremely strange. The Navy never sends one person to a class.  I’m the only guy here, the only military here, and I’m a 3rd class petty officer,” Gunselman said.

It’s important to note that body of knowledge regarding the effects of radiation on the humans was, at best, anemic. Gunselman frequently asked about the effects of alpha, beta and gamma radiation on humans, but got no satisfying answer.

“I always blamed them for just not wanting to deal with me as a Navy enlisted man, but later on I found out that they really didn’t know, because that’s what they went over to Eniwetok and Bikini to find out: what was a fatal dose,” he said.

Gunselman trained to use radiac meters – also known as Geiger counters – and how to check for radioactive contamination, but the lack of firm answers from his colleagues in the program was worrying. When Gunselman called his commander to voice his concern, a three-star general intervened ending some of the friction, a short time later he was called back to the ship to carry out its next mission at Bikini Atoll.

Things had changed when Gunselman, then 22, got back to the Curtiss. There was a new commander and the space that had been used to service seaplanes had been converted to recording and sensor equipment.

While he noted the change, he was concerned more with immediate needs.

“My brother was in the Marine Corps and he told me the first thing you do is make friends with the cook,” Gunselman said. “I found him and made friends. He would bring me real nice coffee grounds.”

Gunselman’s station on the boat was the radar transmitter room at the bottom of the ladder leading up to the bridge. From the room he would monitor sensors recording heat, light, vertical and horizontal motion, seismic tremors and gamma radiation.

“There were 26 units with 100 channels each, and there were 185 antennas added to the masts, and they had put new cross bars up,  they had antennas everywhere. Those were all hooked to my recording devices basically, and there were little sensor transmitters all over barges, floats, buoys, ships that we knew we were going to destroy,” Gunselman said.

The ship was charged with transporting components to Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands for Operation Redwing and the first airdrop of a hydrogen bomb.

The Curtiss became the central monitoring station for 17 tests of the hydrogen bomb, but it was the second one that defied all expectations and made Gunselman a hero.

The first test was uneventful measured against the second one.

“Just a measly little nothing, 300 kilotons,” Gunselman said.

The second test, and first air drop carrying 3.58 megatons, became known as “Cherokee.” The bomb was supposed to drop on two barges 50 miles from Gunselman’s station on the Curtiss. It landed 37 miles away.

“Know how the water is straight up and down in a nuclear test, and it starts to mushroom? This one mushroomed to 94,000 feet.  It sucked 20 cubic miles of water out of the Pacific Ocean.” Bikini Atoll, named for the tops of an undersea volcano that jut up out of the water forming a crescent around a body of water, became a single island.

“All the water in between them was all gone, sucked up into the air,” Gunselman said.

The blast ruptured the Curtiss’ boilers, the ship had enough power to turn, but it couldn’t outrun the radiation infused globules that rained down from the sky. Fifty miles from the impact site, the ship dropped anchor. The concussive force of the blast had disabled the ship’s radar leaving it blind to the size and shape of the fallout cloud.

“At that point our radar wasn’t good for anything other than detecting moisture, and we had other ships in the area that might have been heading into the fallout cloud,” Gunselman said.

When he approached the commanding officer about the need to restore the radar, he was told any attempt to fix the radar under the falling globules was likely suicide.

“I told him, ‘It doesn’t make any difference whether I’m out there fixing that radar or flaking out on Waikiki  Beach or surfing in Hawaii or sitting in a ball game in the United States. When my time comes, I’m going to go. It really doesn’t make any difference, so I want to go out and fix that radar. There’s 372 other guys on board this ship,’” Gunselman said.

While the admiral was unwilling to assign someone to the mission, a volunteer must have presented less of a moral quandary. Gunselman stripped to his skivvies and bolted 65 feet for the radar deckhouse.

“There were four glass tubes all shattered in the bottom of the cabinet, but the replacements were right there so I replaced them, flipped the switch and ran back to the hatch. It took me 32 minutes,” Gunselman said.

He wasn’t allowed back into the bridge, but he reached inside to flip the switch for the radar that would indicate where things were. As it came on, it revealed the USS Mt. McKinley was headed into the fallout cloud. Gunselman told the captain what he was seeing and grabbed the radio mircophone saying, “this is the USS  Curtiss. McKinley, reverse your engines. You’re headed into the gamma cloud.”

He descended six decks to the ship’s Decontamination Center where he was scanned with radiac sensors that pinged at 50,000 milliroentgens – an unheard of level of gamma radiation exposure. At the time, 500 milliroentgens was considered fatal.

“[The lieutenant] immediately summoned two decontamination team guys, and they brought saltwater soap and a brush that they had that was wood, but with soft bristles. We went right into a shower that was 10 feet away, and they scrubbed me down. I went down about 40 percent within an hour of showering. By the time we got through two hours of showering, my skin was kind of bright colored,” Gunselman said.

After the prolonged shower, Gunselman was taken to the ship’s gym where he worked out four hours. He was scanned for radiation every ten minutes and the workouts appeared to drop the level of contamination.

The lieutenant brought him a horsemeat steak with potatoes and another vegetable and told him he was going to be okay. “It was good stuff,” Gunselman said.

After the meal, he worked out another two hours and he spent four hours in the gym daily  until the end of the mission almost six weeks later.

When the Curtiss docked, Gunselman underwent thorough examinations. While they didn’t find overt cause for concern they suggested he weigh heavily the decision to have children. Gunselman’s health records show no indication of the tests – including sperm tests – he said he endured.

Until 2008, Gunselman believed the air drop was nothing more than a miscalculation on the part of the pilots who dropped it, but then his wife came across documents on the internet that labeled the mission a Human Radiation Experiment (HREX), leading him to believe the missed target was intentional on the part of the U.S. Government. After that, Gunselman noticed other things weren’t adding up, like U.S. Government pictures of the Cherokee drop.

“They dropped the bomb at 5 a.m. When it was dark, but the picture they have of the bomb dropping out of the back of the plane was taken in the daylight. [The bomb in the picture is] snow white with one 65-foot parachute on it, but it weighed 6,870 pounds.  You can’t drop that much on one 65-foot parachute,” Gunselman said.

Gunselman said he attached sensors to the bomb prior to it being carried into the sky for the airdrop and it was black and had five parachutes.

He gets angry and emotional about what he believes is the obfuscation of what happened during the tests.

“We had a 35-man crew aboard the ship who washed our decks down with contaminated seawater, then went over to the other ships that were on that side of the test and did that. Those 35 guys are all dead. They were dead a long time ago, in some cases,” Gunselman said.

Gunselman knows he’s been fortunate, none of the maladies he’s suffered as he’s aged, including prostate cancer, can be directly attributed to the HREX, but he feels a sense of duty to the ones who suffered to set the story straight.

“I want the story. I want the truth of the matter, and I’m the only left, really, that can tell it,” Gunselman said. “The fact they’re not telling the truth, when it wouldn’t hurt anybody, it really irritates me. But it’s typical.”

Deterring home crime

The rash of home burglaries and invasions in Keizer is a sad sign of our times. Bold, desperate criminals are even robbing homes that are obviously occupied.

Some Keizer residents have come home to discover burglars in the middle of their dastardly crimes.  We can take some solace that none of the crimes thus far have resulted in violence or bodily harm. That is a real fear.

It would be a bad result if we started turning our homes into fortresses to protect ourselves and our worldy belongings.

Citizens can turn to the police and ask why they don’t stop our mini-crime wave.  Unfortunately, even a fully-staffed police department can’t be everywhere and stop burglaries before they happen.  We, as residents of Keizer, must look out for our own neighborhoods and communities.

The Neighborhood Watch program has existed for years.  That’s the program in which neighbors get to know each other and keep each other informed when they will be away.  If you know some one across the street is on vacation you would be able to notice if there is suspicious activity in a house that is supposed to be vacant.

A suspicious activity call to the police will be be responded to.  The unknown person may only be watering plants or feeding animals; there may be some initial embarrassment but it is better to be safe than sorry.  When neighbors inform each other of their plans including the fact that a person will be in the home for housesitting duties can preclude any embarrassment. Even an anonymous 9-1-1 call is far better than letting a neighbor’s  house get ransacked and robbed.

Locked doors won’t deter  a determined burglar who knows a house has something good to steal. Deterents can include motion sensor lights, pruning shrubs to deny a burglar a place to hide from view or even a home security system.

Another deterrent could be the frequent cruising of neighborhoods by police cars.  Until a sustainable funding source is found to bring the Keizer Police Department to full strength that would allow more regular patrols in all areas of the city, we all  have to be vigilant.  And we must all know who are neighbors are.

Each August National Night Out block parties are held throughout the city.  Too many neighborhoods don’t hold these events that can connect residents with each other.  These block parties reveal how important it is to know where we live and who we live with.  We don’t feel like nosy neighbors when we are looking after someone’s house when they are away at work or vacation.

The recent Keizer home burglaries are a result of current economic conditions and it is predictable that crime rises when the economy falls.  We can rely on the police department to respond, but we all must take the responsibility of looking after ourselves, too.

—LAZ

Changes to shake up Keizer dining

Reporter’s Notebook is a new feature in the Keizertimes. Here our writers and editors will offer a glimpse behind the headlines to stories and issues bubbling just below the surface.

Porter’s Pub, AJ’s Hideaway and Tuff Ranch BBQ all have or will soon have new owners, liquor license applications submitted to the city of Keizer indicate.

• Tuff Ranch BBQ is set to be bought by DSZ, LLC. The owner listed for the company is David Zahradnik. Former owners are John Carter and Alaina Santana. It will be renamed McNary Restaurant and Lounge, serving American fare.

• AJ’s Hideaway, 5048 River Road N., seeks a change of ownership to LJRI, LLC. The company’s listed owner is Louis Risewick. Former owners are Pam and Andy Orcutt.

The new owner told us he’s going to hold off on changes initially, but over time plans to be sports-oriented.

• Porter’s Pub, at 4820 River Road N., is seeking a change of ownership to ETCNB, LLC. The owner listed for the company is Erik Frizelle. Former owner is Gigi Bremmeyer.

– Jason Cox

Got news that deserves a spot in the Notebook? Email [email protected] or call our Tip Line at 503-383-9201.

MHS baseball, softball ousted from playoffs

Boys routed 10-1 by Grizzlies

Celt Spencer Rice hurls a pitch during the Glencoe game. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

 

By ERIC A. HOWALD

Of the Keizertimes

 

It was going to be a grind no matter how they cut it.

After surging to a play-in game win, the McNary High School varsity baseball team drew McMinnville High School (23-7), the No. 1 team out of the Pacific Conference, for the first round of the state playoff tournament Monday, May 23.

The Celts fell 10-1 ousting the team from the playoff brackets. Missing their starting pitcher, McNary sent Justin Burgess to the mound and Burgess responded to the challenge keeping the Grizzlies scoreless through three innings.

“Justin has been getting better and better throughout the season. He’s got tremendous natural ability, god velocity and a really good breaking ball, he just hasn’t had much experience,” said Larry Keeker, McNary head coach.

When the Grizzlies unloaded for four runs in the fourth inning, Garren Robinett relieved Burgess to end the inning. Robinett struggled in the fifth and handed the ball off to DJ Harryman as the Grizzlies doubled their lead to 8-0. Harryman and Travis Marks held McMinnville to two runs in the sixth, and the Celtics scraped out their only run in the top of the seventh.

McNary won, 11-4, a play-in game with Glencoe High School Tuesday, May 17, to clinch a spot in the playoffs.

Glencoe scored two runs in the first inning of that game on a pair of fielding errors, but the Celts responded with two of their own to knot the game at two apiece.

It didn’t look much better for McNary in the second inning as Glencoe put up two more runs, but again the Celts responded to tie the game at four.

A combination of figuring out Glencoe’s hitting strategy and McNary’s Spencer Rice battening down the hatches helped the Celts silence Crimson Tide bats.

“Glencoe is a very aggressive team at the plate and they were swinging at the fastball early in the count,” Keeker said.

“My fastball was moving and dipping in the first two innings so I started holding it differently they started hitting more ground balls and our infielders made plays,” Rice added.

Rice threw 86 pitches in the complete game effort. At the dish, Burgess walloped a double and a triple while Kyle Knight and Robinett notched doubles.

McNary ended the season with a record of 14-10, one of the best records for a boys team in the 2010-11 school year. The team will return more than half a dozen seniors next year. The team will lose catcher Jared Van Cleave, Knight and Rice to graduation.


Lady Celts fall 3-1 to Sunset

Tiffany Kottek reaches for an out at first base during the Celts’ game with Cleveland High School. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

 

By ERIC A. HOWALD
 

Of the Keizertimes

 

Jeff Auvinen, head coach of the McNary varsity softball team, expected the outcome of the Lady Celts first-round playoff game to come down to a battle of wills, but it didn’t have anything to do with the other team.

“This team is of the mind that they can turn it on and turn it off, I’m not of that opinion and we’ll see whose right,” Auvinen said of the Celts in advance of the game.

To the chagrin of all involved, Auvinen proved to be correct as the team was ousted from the playoffs in the first round, the result of a 3-1 loss to Sunset High School Tuesday, May 24.

McNary produced a mere four hits  as the team struggled to dial in on the pitches of Sunset’s Jessie Moore. In the first six innings, the Celts managed to get only one runner on base.

McNary’s sole run was a homer by slugger Hailey Decker.

After finishing second in the Central Valley Conference, McNary had a week off from must-win games, but the teams performance during two non-conference games was what had Auvinen in such a quandary over the team’s playoff prospects.

“We didn’t pitch well, we didn’t hit well, we didn’t field well. We didn’t do much of anything very well,” he said.

McNary lost to West Albany High School 7-6 Tuesday, May 17, but squeaked out a 4-3 win over Cleveland High School the following day.

“We didn’t do as well as we wanted to in either game and I think we just got lucky against Cleveland,” said Celt Brook Ross. “Our biggest problem is consistency from inning-to-inning and game-to-game.”

The Bulldogs leapt out to a 4-0 lead in the first two innings, but McNary clawed its way back into the game with a single run in the third and two more in the fifth. At the top of the seventh, McNary trailed 5-3 when Decker blasted a three-run homer that lifted the team over West Albany, 6-5.

“Hailey had a huge day and kept us in it,” Auvinen said.

Decker went four for four at the plate with four RBIs.

A dropped throw allowed two Bulldog runs to score sealed McNary’s fate in the seventh.

“We probably should have won that game, it just ame down to a mental error,” Auvinen said.

Cleveland’s batters got the better of Celt pitcher Jordyn Hanson in early innings and a numerous fielding errors added to hemorrhaging of Warrior runs.

Newt wrong to back down

By ROLAND S. MARTIN

If Newt Gingrich was planning to send GOP voters a message that he’s a different kind of politician who won’t just say anything to get elected, he did a horrible job of driving that point home this week.

After making a so-called verbal gaffe on NBC’s “Meet the Press” last Sunday regarding radical changes to Medicare, as proposed by congressman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), Newt was on the defensive, apologizing, backtracking and groveling to any Republican or conservative radio show host who would take his call.

Instead of trying to blame the media for twisting his words, Gingrich should man up and defend his assessment of the Ryan proposal. It has gotten so bad that Newt is now suggesting he wasn’t even talking about Ryan’s Medicare plan, even though the “Meet the Press” transcript says that they discussed Medicare reform. Host David Gregory said: “But not what Paul Ryan is suggesting, which is completely changing Medicare.”

Now before his lips began to do the backstroke, Newt said: “What you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions, better options, not one where you suddenly impose it. I am against Obamacare imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.”

Ryan’s plan calls for Medicare to be replaced by a voucher system, so seniors could purchase private health insurance.

“I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” he said. “I think we need a national conversation to get to a better Medicare solution for seniors.”

Apparently, the GOP establishment doesn’t think Ryan’s plan is risky. So they pounced on Gingrich, forcing him to furiously backtrack from his initial assessment.

But he’s right. The proposal pledged by Ryan is a radical one. And if you look at the reception it has received at the town halls of Republican members of Congress, you would also conclude that the plan is a whole lot for Americans to swallow.

What is amazing is that we heard exactly the same complaints from Republicans about the health care reform championed by President Barack Obama. When Democrats had their hats handed to them in November 2010, leading to the loss of the U.S. House, a number said that they may have overreached with the health plan.

Gingrich isn’t a dumb politician. He knows that no matter how conservative some folks are, seniors will rebel against Ryan’s plans as it is presently constituted, which could be disastrous for Republicans in 2012. And if Republicans plant their flag in the ground based on Ryan’s place, the volatility that Democrats faced in 2010 will come knocking on their door.

That’s what Newt should be telling those on his side of the aisle. But instead, he thinks that denying, obfuscating and shifting blame will make the story go away. But it won’t.

The hardest thing for Americans to accept is change. Yes, radical change. Oh, sure, 69 million voted for then Sen. Barack Obama in November 2008, but when change becomes reality, folks get skittish and want to scream, “Slow down!”

The reason Gingrich has been looked upon as a star in the Republican Party is because he has always been seen as a master strategist, employing the tactics he has studied as a military historian. And maybe that’s the problem. Instead of having to always say one thing and mean another, Gingrich may be best served as a thinker and not a candidate.

You don’t believe me? Here is what Gingrich said in that very interview on the May 15th edition of “Meet the Press”: “One of my great weaknesses is that part of me is a teacher analyst. And part of me is a political leader. And I’ve — one of the most painful lessons I’ve had to learn, and I haven’t fully learned it obviously — is that if you seek to be the president of the United States, you are never an analyst, you know, you’re never a college teacher because those folks can say what they want to say. And somebody who offers to lead America has to be much more disciplined and much more thoughtful than an analyst.

“Analysts can say anything they want to because there’s no downside. But the person to whom you’re entrusting the leadership of the United States had better think long and hard before they say things. I think that’s a fair criticism of me.”

So there you go. Newt Gingrich owns up to the fact that as an analyst, he can give unfiltered truth to the issues and not have to essentially lie in order to make his political supporters happy.

Sorry, Newt. I don’t think you misspoke; you weren’t talking without thinking. I believe that you were giving an honest assessment of Ryan’s Medicare plan, and it simply doesn’t sit well with many members of your party.

And unfortunately for the voter, we’re left with another politician who will say whatever he needs to get elected, as opposed to the truth.

If Gingrich wants us to believe Newt 2.0 is for real, stop dancing around the truth and just give it to us straight, no chaser. We’re big boys and girls, Newt. We can handle it.

Creators Syndicate

Iris runners beat the streets, pack

KEIZERTIMES/Staff Photo

Oregon runners turned out in droves for the four running events that take place during the Iris Festival.

In the KIDZ 3K, Simon Smith took first with a time of 12:42:2 for the boys. For the girls, Ginger Clark topped the podium with a time of 16:10:9

In the Iris 5K run, Chris McIsaac, 23, took first with a time of 15.44:8 for the men. Tonya Lutz, 34, placed first in the women’s division with a time of 18:26.4.

Raille Wilson, 38, ran the the Iris 10K in 35:56 and was crowned the overall winner of the race and his division, males ages 35-39. David Clark, Gabino Oropeza, Phil Crock, John Gallagher, Bruce Thede, Marvin Gladden, Matt Drahn, Jim Sears, Daniel Moore, Devin Perez, Dennis Holm, and Ron Larsen won their respective divisions.

Stephanie Robins, 26, finished the 10K race in 43:04 to take top prize for the women. Denise Coomes, Teresa George, Stacey Janesofsky, Karisa Thede, Emily Coates, Kiana Rasubala, Arika Howell, Debbie Crosby, Cynthia Wagner, Sharyn Fetrow and Pamela Ewing won their respective divisions.

Mark Rich, 49, topped the podium in the half-marathon with a time of 1:16:49. Men’s division winners were: Maruin Klopfenstein, Kyle Kuhns, Tom Box, Ray Adamic, Mike Water, Dan Schlottmann and  Colton Daniels.

Mariko Yokote, 34, was the overall women’s winner in the half-marathon with a time of 21:26:49. Division winners were: Karyn Woods, Terra Yates, Liz Hendrie, Nikki Wright, Gillian Cog, Kelle Little, Kaitie Brawley, Karen Wolke, Debra Johnson, Kyla Daniels and Jane Albert.