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Day: June 8, 2012

Garlic Jim’s returns to city

By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

Garlic Jim’s Famous Gourmet Pizza is returning to its former location in Keizer under a new owner.

Eric Peterson, who owns the south Salem location, said the grand opening at 5151 River Road will be June 19. Eatsalem.com first reported the news last week.

Radio station KYKN 1430 will be on hand for a promotion, he said. The store closed in 2009, but Peterson said Keizerites keep coming south to get a pie from his store.

“We were hearing those concerns, and as far as the growth there’s a lot of good things happening out here from a business perspective,” Peterson said. “We had a facility ready to go and a customer base that was, for the most part, pretty developed.”

Interviews for employees started last week. Peterson expects to hire about 15 full and part-time staff.

Garlic Jim’s is a chain with locations in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, California and Colorado.

Sign up now for Celtic sports camps

Jeremy Williams barrels into a blocking pad during the 2011 Celtic football camp. (File)

McNary High School is hosting a throng of sports camps this summer and sign-up sheets are available at the high school.

Boys basketball

The boys basketball program summer camp for grades three through eight is June 18-21. Students in grades three-five will meet from 9 a.m. to noon and those in grade six-eight will meet from 1-4 p.m. Cost is $45 and includes a camp T-shirt.

Camps will focus on fundamentals like footwork, shooting technique, passing and catching, individual and team defense, dribbling and rebounding.

Registration forms are available at the McNary High School main office and may be sent to with payment to: McNary Boys Basketball Club,  McNary High School, c/o Boys Basketball, 595 Chemawa Rd. N., Keizer, OR 97303.

For more information, contact Head Coach Ryan Kirch 541-908-1609 or [email protected]

Football

The football program slated its spring camp for June 25-29, from 9 to 11:30 a.m., on the Celtic football field.

Camps will focus on new terminology, improving fundamentals, as well as beginning to learning new offensive, defensive, and special teams schemes. Athletes in grades nine through 12 are welcome to participate.

Cost is $65 and includes a team logo shirt, team logo shorts, a Celtic football lanyard and a team logo cinch sack. Discounts are available for students on free and reduced lunch programs.

For more information, visit mcnaryblue.com.

Cross Country

Cross country athletes will travel to Cape Lookout for their summer camp Aug. 6-10.

The camp is an opportunity for runners in grades nine through 12 to train and have fun in preparation for the upcoming season, build teamwork and give new athletes a chance to get to know their teammates and coaches.

The primary focus is to teach training fundamentals and give each individual athlete the tools they need to become successful.

Cost is $50 and includes transportation.

Soccer

The Celtic soccer program is welcoming players of all ages to participate in camps throughout August.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade will meet Aug. 6-9 from 5 to 6:15 p.m. Grades seven through 12 will meet Aug. 13-16 from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

The primary focus is to develop and utilize basic soccer and ball handling skills in a relaxed camp atmosphere. The camp is a major fundraiser for the McNary soccer program and helps to build a community bond.

Cost is $40.

Volleyball

The Celtic Volleyball program will host its camps Aug. 13-15.

Advanced players in grades nine through 12 will meet from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Cost is $50. Intermediate-level players will meet from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Cost is $40. Both camps include a T-shirt.

Camp training focuses on: hitting techniques and approaches; setting techniques and types; offensive plays and strategies; serving and passing; libero training; stance footwork and positioning; blocking and digging; serve receive; hitter coverage; and diving techniques.

For more information about any of the camps, call 503-399-3233.

Stanley Lewis Austin

Mr. Austin, of Keizer, died Thursday, May 31, 2012. He was 59.

Stanley was born in Amarillo, Texas to Stella and Billy Ray Austin.  Stan had 7 siblings, Charles, Janice, Sandra, Beverly, Billy Ray, Glen and John. He is survived by his wife Christina, their three children Matt, Melanie and Michael, and four grandchildren. Stan aka “Louie” worked at the Sumco plant for 14 years. His hobbies included golf, John Wayne movies, and spending time with his family. A celebration of life service is being held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9 at 4380 Benham Ave, Salem. The service is open to the public and casual attire is recommended.

Arrangements by Keizer Funeral Chapel.

To the Class of 2012

High school and college graduates, you’ll hear a lot of words at your ceremonies. Words about choice, duty, dreams and the lot. Above all, listen to the words in your heart. Be productive, be kind and be happy.

You’ll be congratulated for navigating years of high school or college; you’ll be told that you are the future and that the future is in good hands because of you and your peers across the nation.

There will be variations on the theme of becoming whatever you set your heart to; you will be told that you’re special and you live in America, the land of opportunity.

Many of your peers want to be rich and famous. Not all of you will be famous and not all of you will be rich, let alone superrich. There is always the possibility you can be both; it’s all up to you. Fame and riches are not easily bestowed, both must be earned. If you want to be rich and famous you have taken the first step: getting an education.

Millions of people live a life well worth examining without the benefit of renown or wealth. Lives without those two things can yet be bountiful if it includes the search for truth and beauty (scholasticism and art).

One of man’s unalienable rights is the pursuit of happiness. There is more to happiness than the latest technological gadget or sleeping in. Happiness is how we define it for ourselves; let no other person define what makes you happy.

Strive to live a life that is worth examining. Contribute to society, be kind to, and tolerate of, those different from yourself. Leave any place better than how you found it. Being the best person you can be will lead to happiness and contentment.

Those graduating from high school probably have their eye set on a course of study in college or a career. Keep an open mind; things change. Some college students end up having numerous majors before settling on one that was never in the mix at the beginning of college.

Keep an open mind about a career that uses your hands and will be needed. Many choose to study business or marketing;  but the nation will face a shortage of plumbers, electricians and other trades within 10 years. A career in the trades may not be glamorous but it is honorable, necessary, and makes for a nice living.

The world has changed since you started school in the first grade. The world will change even more in the coming decade. Being part of that change can be a rewarding career path via public service. There is no nobler position than one that is in the service of people.  Be it a career in politics, social services, or government service, public service is a path less taken but rewarding on its own.

Graduates, listen to what people tell you as you leave school, but listen to your heart. That’s where your future lies.

—LAZ

Mayor’s address set for Tuesday

Mayor Lore Christopher is delivering her annual address to the Keizer Chamber of Commerce at their luncheon.

Marion County Commissioners will also be on hand for a discussion of local government’s fiscal forecast.

Lunch will kick off at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, June 12, at the Keizer Renaissance Inn at 5188 Wittenberg Lane.

The luncheon is $15; registration is requested by Friday, June 8, at KeizerChamber.com.

Gun violence should start dialogue

A Bof of Soap
By DON VOWELL

Americans shoot themselves and each other at a frightening rate.  Do you suppose we could find some things on which we all agree, rather than circling the wagons and sniping away at each other?  I hope so.

In most recent years there have been about thirty thousand deaths by firearm violence each year.  For the entire duration of the Iraq war there totaled about 4,480 combat deaths.  As a nation we had vigorous debate about the ethical and political justification for those deaths.  You don’t hear that debate about ordinary firearm deaths.

To fix this problem we would first have to agree that it’s a problem.  I hope there is no real constituency believing that this rate of firearm violence is an acceptable price to pay for the personal liberties of gun ownership.  I’m hoping that everyone would like to see less gunshot deaths.

As it is with any very large group, it is folly to think that all gun owners subscribe to the same philosophies and beliefs.  If among gun owners and those who don’t own guns we could find a mutual goal of reducing gun violence, we could take some first steps.

It seems clear that there are some citizens who should not own guns.  The shooter in the recent Seattle deaths had a concealed carry permit, despite earlier encounters with police and his family members’ worries that it was not safe for him to be armed.  We ought to be able to create a universal, evenly applied screening to prevent that situation.

We could put to bed the canard that “guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”  Just a small substitution reveals the thinness of that argument.  “Nuclear weapons don’t kill people, people kill people,” yet we don’t allow citizens’ ownership of nuclear devices.  At what point does a weapon’s lethal efficiency make it too dangerous for a citizen to own?  You seldom hear about mass killings with a baseball bat or a knife.  A gun makes it easier and it is silly to suggest that other means are just as dangerous.

“A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

What’s with all those commas?  In the version ratified by the states and signed by Thomas Jefferson some of those commas are gone.  The intent of this amendment has been analyzed to death.  Still, beginning this amendment with the well regulated militia phrase seems like a fair indication that they meant it to somehow work in conjunction with the right to bear arms.  There is no other reason to include it.

Many times you disagree with me.  If you’ll believe that I have no real interest in taking away your guns, I’ll assure you that I don’t believe gun owners are nuts and whackos.  There is no reason to suspect that either of us loves this country less.  Please respond on this page with your suggestion on how to slow the pace of firearm violence.  There must be a way that we can all live with to reduce the carnage.  America would do better to be number one in some other statistic.

Don Vowell lives in Keizer.

A grim jobs report for America

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW

You would think $1 trillion in spending stimulus and $2.5 trillion of Fed pump-priming would produce an economy a whole lot stronger than 1.9 percent gross domestic product, which was the revised first-quarter number. And you’d think all that government spending would deliver a whole lot more jobs than 69,000 in May.

But it hasn’t happened.

The Keynesian government-spending model has proven a complete failure. It’s the Obama model. And it has produced such an anemic recovery that, frankly, at 2 percent growth, we’re back on the front end of a potential recession. If anything goes wrong–—like another blow-up in Europe—there’s no safety margin to stop a new recession.

And that brings us to the grim May employment report, which generated only 69,000 nonfarm payrolls. It’s the third consecutive subpar tally, replete with downward revisions for the two prior months. It’s a devastating number for the American economy and a catastrophic number for Obama’s re-election hopes. All momentum on jobs and the economy has evaporated.

Inside the May report, the data is just as bad. The unemployment rate rose slightly from 8.1 to 8.2 percent. The so called U6 unemployment rate, tracking the marginally employed or completely discouraged, increased to 14.8 percent from 14.5 percent.

The private workweek also fell in May. So did the manufacturing workweek and aggregate hours worked for all employees. The small-business household survey did rise, but that follows declines in the prior two months.

Barack Obama doesn’t get this, but businesses create jobs. And firms have to be profitable in order to hire. Yet the president is on the campaign trail criticizing Mitt Romney by degrading the importance of profits.

Without profits, businesses can’t expand. And if they don’t expand, they can’t hire. And if they don’t have profitable rates of return, they’re not going to attract new capital for investment.

Which brings us to a couple of important reasons for the virtual freeze in hiring.

First, there’s the fiscal tax cliff. If all the Bush tax rates go up, incentives will go down and liquidity will leave the system. You can’t pick up a newspaper these days and not find a story about how the fiscal cliff is elevating uncertainty and slowing U.S. growth. House Speaker John Boehner asked Obama for help in extending the Bush tax cuts this summer. But Obama said no. Instead, he wants to raise marginal tax rates on successful upper-income earners, capital gains, dividends, estates and many successful corporations.

Where’s the corporate tax reform that would lower rates and broaden the base and end the double-taxation of the overseas profits of American companies? A business tax cut would help enormously, but it’s nowhere in sight.

A second uncertainty facing businesses is the Supreme Court decision on Obamacare due in a few weeks. If all those crazy tax-and-regulation mandates are deemed unconstitutional, it’s Katy, bar the door as businesses put profits to work and hire. But they’re not going to move until they see that court decision.

Then there’s the whole European mess with the threat of banking contagion from Spain, Greece and Italy. That could blow up the whole world economy if it goes completely sour. And now European companies are withdrawing money from local banks and investing in dollars. But the rapid rise of King Dollar is generating commodity deflation, which is a deterrent to manufacturing production. According to the May ISM report, manufacturing is slowing.

The Fed may yet launch a new quantitative easing to stop commodity deflation and accommodate the gigantic worldwide dollar demand. But the merits of this move are dubious. On the other hand, an extension of the Bush tax cuts right now would stop the economic and job slide and re-establish certainty.

(Creators Syndicate)

Still No. 1

The KYSA 1 Celts show off their latest trophy, the result of a stellar effort in Sherwood, Ore., last weekend. (Submitted photo)

The KYSA Celts 1 won their second championship in a month last weekend in Sherwood.

The team of seventh and eighth graders played a Sellwood team first and won 11-2, then beat West Linn 13-4. A 7-2 victory over a Sublimity team launched the KYSA kids into the championship match with an undefeated Cascade team and emerged with an 8-3 win.

Travis Holt pitched all four games with the highlight being Sublimity game where he earned six outs on nine pitches over two innings. Greg Eggleston earned the name the “Magnet” by catching everything that came close to him in the outfield and at second base.

Team members are: Evan Alger, Jaden Deckard, Greg Eggleston, Justin Fishel, Griffin Gosling, Travis Holt, Joseph Kibbey, Caleb Kedfluk Yates, Matthew Koopman, Kyle Milks and Jerry Rivera. Corey Yates is team manager.

River Road in Keizer

To the Editor:

Because of the loss of Roth’s Fresh Market in Keizer, some misguided folks are criticizing the city council for abandoning River Road.

River Road through Keizer is a highway and a strip mall and that is what it will always be. It is a hard fact but true. If Keizer were ever to have a downtown, I believe the city should rezone the area around city hall for commercial and let nature take its course. Hopefully a city center or a downtown would develop. I would like to hear specifics on what the city council could do to improve business on River Road. The city council created the River Road Renaissance Committee, comprised of business owners, to help promote commerce. I don’t believe they accomplished much. Putting in curved sidewalks, placing a few pieces of art, helping to reface a few buildings and hanging a few banners did not help business all that much in my opinion.

Losing Roth’s as a business will create a large hole in Schoolhouse Square and it is unfortunate. Some folks will lament because they will miss the great service but not enough people shopped there. In spite of losing money in the Keizer store, Roth’s has been a great supporter of many social programs in our community. Competition from Safeway, Albertsons and Fred Meyers caused the Keizer store to be unprofitable long before the mention of Walmart. Company CEO Michael Roth has stated they already lost money in Keizer.

A major question is “Was the development of Keizer Station good or bad for Keizer?” I believe the answer is it was good because it will generate needed property taxes to support city needs in addition to creating jobs. It gives Keizerites many more options for shopping. I don’t think it was planned properly but that is the developer’s problem. I personally did not want to see Walmart go into Area C but that is no reason for some to criticize the entire urban renewal project. After all, the city did get a new city hall complex that will be utilized well into the future.

Change in government is sometimes good but not always. Many times candidates promise something they cannot achieve and other times they accomplish the wrong thing. Selecting the right people to represent the entire community is sometimes difficult. One has to be watchful of special interest candidates and groups. Carefully analyze motives.

Bill Quinn
Keizer