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Day: December 19, 2014

Celts edged by Timberwolves, Bulldogs can’t handle heat

McNary’s Harry Cavell reaches around a Bulldog defender to make a pass to a teammate in the game Friday, Dec. 12. KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald
McNary’s Harry Cavell reaches around a Bulldog defender to make a pass to a teammate in the game Friday, Dec. 12.
KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

With a bit of luck, and even more focus moving forward, the McNary High School boys varsity basketball team will remember its loss to Tualatin High School as the one that got away.

The Celtics faced the Timberwolves on the road Tuesday, Dec. 9, and narrowly missed getting their third win. Tualatin edged McNary 60-54.

“All of us would say we didn’t have a very good game. Our shooting was terrible and so was our finishing,” said senior Tregg Peterson.

The Celts were outshot 17-7 in the first quarter and the trouble started after the tip-off.

“We had a turnover on our first possession out of the gate and we were fighting back the whole time,” said sophomore Cade Goff. Goff led the team on the scoreboard with 13 points.

The next three quarters saw the team gain ground on Tualatin with a 15-11 third quarter being the best of the night for McNary, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the gap.

“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot knowing they had a couple of guys who can shoot and we didn’t take care of them. One of their guys hit five three pointers in the first half,” said senior Devon Dunagan.

Goff said the Timberwolves also hit a lot of free throws late in the game that helped them to the win. Dunagan had nine points and 10 rebounds against Tualatin; Peterson had nine points; Harry Cavell had seven; and Mathew Ismay put in two.

Despite the loss, Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach, said the team bounced back in the next two practices.

“To a one, they were all willing to own the fact that they probably should have beaten Tualatin and they came back wanting to make sure it didn’t happen again,” Kirch said.

The team’s follow-up game saw it hosting West Albany High School Friday, Dec. 12.

Playing quick on offense and even quicker on defense, McNary rapidly ran up a 25-15 lead in the first frame.

“We started offense with defense and got a lot transition points because of it,” Peterson said.

The Celts were up by 20 points at the half and never let the Bulldogs closer than 14 by the final buzzer. McNary won 67-53.

“We came out the first quarter and did what we wanted to do and our 1-3-1 zone was a lot stronger than it was against Tualatin,” Dunagan said.

Kirch said having five players averaging eight points or more per game is making it difficult for other teams to defend against the Celtics.

Dunagan led the team with 15 points; Trent Van Cleave had 13; Peterson and Goff had 11 points each; Cavell had nine; Ismay had six; and Cole Thomas knocked down two from the foul line.

“We have to keep getting those assists and pushing the ball like we have been because it’s working out well,” Goff said.

As part of the team’s roaring start to the season, Dunagan was named Athlete of the Week by the Salem Sports and Breakfast Club two weeks ago and the team was settling into the top 10 in OSAA rankings. McNary was No. 10 at press time.

“We’ve come a long way since four years ago when I was watching my brother play his freshman year,” Goff said. “It shows all the hard work our coaches have put in and it’s really helped the program.”

McNary faces Forest Grove High School in its last conference game Friday, Dec. 19, before heading into winter break. Game time is 7:15 p.m. at Forest Grove.

They KNOW they’re helping

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Jeff Thomas helped with the program for 20 years but has only seen the finale the past three years.

Thomas is one of the dozens who help out each year with the Keizer Network of Women’s (KNOW) Giving Basket program.

The program starts in June when school counselors in Keizer are notified and asked to think of students who could use some help during the holidays.

Things really ramp up in the fall. By late October KNOW members are sorting through requests. Gift tags were created on Nov. 6, which went out to Giving Trees at five Keizer locations. After the gifts were picked up early last week, the real work began. Gifts were wrapped Dec. 11 and the final step was delivering the gifts to families last Saturday, Dec. 13.

Thomas was at Keizer Courthouse Fitness for 20 years and thus had plenty of experience with the Giving Trees.

“When I left there, I did a tree where I work now, at New York Life,” Thomas said. “The delivery part is my favorite. I couldn’t wrap this year because I had jury duty, but we did the food boxes Wednesday (Dec. 10) night.”

Keizer City Councilor-elect Amy Ripp co-chaired KNOW this year with Kalynn White.

Ripp’s son Zach was on hand to help wrap last Thursday – her other son Ryan couldn’t get off work – and helped load vehicles on Saturday.

“This makes a huge impact in our community,” Ripp said of the program. “Of all the fundraisers I do, I’m the most passionate about this one. When you deliver the gifts, kids are crying and moms are hugging you.”

Audrey Butler, who has helped run KNOW for the past seven years, kept the boxes of gifts moving during the wrapping party Dec. 11.

“My favorite part is I make a point to do at least one delivery each year,” Butler said. “It’s amazing to see the joy a package brings a kid. This really brings people together. By the end of the week it’s so busy and hectic. But at the same time, I kind of feel like my Christmas is over on Saturday morning.”

While the group may have Women in the name, men are welcome to help out. One such man who’s helped out the past four years is Larry Jackson, who in the past helped load boxes but did some deliveries this year.

“I love giving back to the community,” Jackson said. “I wanted to help the ladies in KNOW. I read in Men’s Health Magazine this type of activity helps couples stay together.”

Related to that, Jackson brought girlfriend Tina McLaughlin to the wrapping party for the first time last year. The two were back at it this, wrapping gifts together on what they jokingly referred to as a date night.

“Larry roped me in,” McLaughlin said. “He didn’t tell me about the delivery part last year, but that’s the best part.”

Jackson feels such an activity is a perfect fit for the city.

“This is an opportunity to give back,” he said. “It’s what Keizer is all about, supporting others that need help. You just step up when asked to. This is an opportunity to step up and be active in your community. So many people want to do something and are not aware there are such opportunities.”

Thomas did multiple delivery trips this year with the help of teenage daughter Kara.

“I just like helping people,” Kara said.

After helping with the Giving Tree for years, Thomas said starting to do deliveries with children three years ago gave him a different perspective.

“You realize how much it helps people out,” Thomas said.

One year some of Thomas’ other children helped out and had friends with them. One of the girls recognized a boy getting a gift as one of her classmates.

“It made them realize these are kids who go to school with them,” Thomas said. “The kids see they are doing something good for their friends.”

Kara said that day was a good reality check.

“It helps you realize people just like us don’t go home to the same thing we do,” she said.

Mat men 6 for 6 in dual meets last week

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Riley Repp might still be waiting for his spotlight moment as a McNary High School wrestler, but the senior has shown more dedication and tenacity during the past four seasons than many of his peers.

Case in point: on Wednesday, Dec. 10, Repp dislocated a finger in practice. The next night, the 113-pounder took the mat against South Salem High School’s Thomas Little.

“He kept head-snapping me and I just took a shot. I worked it for a while and got the pin in the first round,” Repp said. “Little is a good wrestler, and beating him in the first round was a surprise.”

Repp has his sights set on regional and state championships this season and time is drawing short to get where he wants to be.

“The focus right now is getting into late-season shape and taking care of myself, dislocated finger aside,” he said.

Repp was joined by numerous teammates in the winner’s circle against South Salem. The Celtics won 64-6 as freshman Brayden Ebbs took down the fourth-ranked wrestler in his weight class and senior Alvarro Venegas out-dueled a returning regional champ.

Ebbs beat Saxon Tanner Stones 7-6 after falling behind 6-1 in the first two rounds.

“In the third round, I chose neutral and I shot on him and kept shooting on him. I got one point for a stall call, and, with about 45 seconds left, I took him down and got on top. I got the leg ride and turned him to his back for a near fall. He tried to get loose, but all I could think of was not letting go of his ankle,” Ebbs said.

Next on Ebbs’ hit list is McMinnville’s Aspen Nelson, who he hoped to face in a dual meet past press time Thursday, Dec. 18.

“Nobody pays attention to the freshmen, but I’m here to make my mark and I’m not going down without a fight,” he said.

Venegas scored a 5-2 win over returning 170-pound regional champ Edwin Montes. Montes was wrestling Venegas at 195 pounds for the dual meet.

“He was a really cool guy, but things got a little heated in the match. I’m hoping we left it all on the mat,” Venegas said. “I think my edge was having wrestled at 195 before.”

Other match winners for the Celtics were: Pablo Barrera (fall 3:12, after only one week of practice); Joey Kibbey (fall 5:15); Sean Burrows (21-5); Michael Phelps (fall 2:00); Jordan Cagle (16-3); Carlos Vincent (fall 1:03); Hunter Lucas (11-0); Ryan Edsall (9-5); Taran Purkey (fall 2:21) and Kyle Bonn (fall 3:12).

A day after beating the Saxons, the Celtics traveled to Silverton High School for a tournament where they dominated every single one of five opposing teams.

Against Lincoln High School, McNary won 66-17. Match winners were Vincent (fall 3:07); Lucas (fall 5:13); Noah Townsend (fall 1:04); Gage Mance (fall :34); Purkey (fall 1:24) and Venegas (fall 2:00).

McNary beat Mountain View High School 51-29. Match winners were: Ebbs (fall 2:45) Burrows (fall 1:22); M. Phelps (fall 2:00); Cagle (fall 2:31); Vincent (10-4); Venegas (5:02); and Bonn (fall :23).

The Celts crushed Parkrose High School 73-6. Match winners were: Adam Nelson (fall 1:18); Jonathon Phelps (4-1); Vincent (20-5); Edsall (fall :45); Purkey (fall 3:44); Bonn (fall 1:05); Repp (15-0); and Ebbs (fall 1:22).

McNary beat Silverton High School 53-14. Match winners were: M. Phelps (fall 1:35); Cagle (fall :35); Vincent (10-2); Lucas (fall 2:49); Mance (fall :27); Purkey (fall 1:03); Venegas (3-1); Bonn (fall 4:55); and Ebbs (14-6).

The Celtics downed Wilson High School 73-6. Match winners were: Burrows (fall 4:25); J. Phelps (fall 1:42); Edsall (12-4); Mance (fall 2:41); Venegas (SV-1 4-2); and Bonn (DQ).

Parade winners

Jackson LaBarre-Bates, 3, admires the candy decorations on the Fred Meyer float prior to the start of the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade in Keizer Dec. 13. For more pictures, please see our Facebook gallery. For parade videos, look for Keizertimes on YouTube. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Jackson LaBarre-Bates, 3, admires the candy decorations on the Fred Meyer float prior to the start of the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade in Keizer Dec. 13.

The weather held out nicely for the 24th annual Festival of Lights Holiday Parade down River Road in Keizer last Saturday, Dec. 13.

Some, however, were upset when a number of parade entries pulled off early to take part in the After Glow Party at Skyline Ford, a new addition this year.

Here are the winners from the parade:


Grand Sweepstakes Award:
May Trucking

KBZY Founders Award:
Catholic Community Services

Salem Chamber of Commerce Award:
Norlift

Mayor’s Trophy Award:
Town & Country Lanes

Best Little Roadhouse:
US Postal Service

Holiday Spirit in Memory of Jan Cline Award:
Keizer Public Works

KYKN Award:
Cherriots

Best Auto Entry:
Marion Co. Fire District

Best Auto Illumination:
Road Lords

Judge’s Choice Award:
First Slavic Baptist Church

City Spirit Award:
Marion Co. Search & Rescue / Marion Co. Sheriff’s Office

Best Band:
North Salem High School


For parade videos, check out Keizertimes on YouTube.

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Extend the joy to new year

Peace on earth and goodwill to men. It’s a sentiment found in many Christmas cards being exchanged around the world this month. The call for treating our fellow man with tolerance, respect and love fades too quickly when we enter a new year.

Peace on earth begins with each of us. Individually we can bring about peace in far off places like the Middle East, Ukraine and other geopolitical hotspots, but we can certainly affect change where we live. Peace on earth begins with good will to men. By patiently accepting, and being tolerant of others, we increase the chances for better communication and empathy.

Some are quick to temper when things don’t go their way: someone is driving too slowly, someone is taking too long at a chore—there are many petty annoyances of life that get the better of us. We can never know what another person is going through and what personal battles they are fighting  so we must give them the benefit of the doubt. Every person at some point is doing something that annoys another person. Keeping that in mind should make us empathetic to those we may be privately cursing for some slight transgression.

We need to assure that the joy and promise of the holiday season-—regardless of one’s beliefs—lights the new year. It is a personal choice to be happy and content. To be envious and covetous of others is a dead end that leads to disappointment and regret. Though we are not all equal regarding the material world, we are all equal when it comes to hopes, dreams and desires. Each of us may hope for different things but we all have the ability to be hopeful. We can choose to be joyful and wish the same for our fellow man. Man does not wake each morning wishing harm to others; just because someone has more than we does not make them better or more virtuous.

The American holiday season for many has devolved into a whirl of shopping. Too many of us bemoan the chore of buying material things to give to others as a token of our love and esteem. Is a person who has completed their Christmas shopping in August any less filled with the holiday spirit than the person who goes through their holiday chores in December?

Each of us marks the holidays according to our ancestry and our experience. The people for whom decorating and gift giving is the core of Christmas  holiday are as spirited as those who keep the celebration of the birth of Jesus at the center of the season. Man has free will and the holidays are a time to celebrate that will.

The hope and wishes for peace on earth and good will toward men is lost when we are more concerned about how others celebrate. Peace on earth begins with each of us. Peace begins from the smallest seeds of patience, understanding and tolerance. Let’s practice that throughout the new year.

Merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah.

  —LAZ

Fundraiser for Payton Williams

To the Editor:

On behalf of the McNary Celtics varsity girls and boys teams, we would like to say a huge thank you to all who came out and supported the Celts for Payton Williams night last Friday, Dec. 12.  Over $1,200 was raised for the Williams family.  The family was overwhelmed and very touched by Keizer’s support and generosity towards their family!

Payton was released from the hospital earlier this week and continues to recuperate at home.

Go Celts! 

Stacie Peterson
Keizer

Letter writer could not be more wrong

To the Editor:

Thank you, Martin Doerfler, for your thoughtful and well researched letter concerning the Mike Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo.—not!

I recognize that you are entitled to your opinion (opinions are like belly buttons—everybody has one), but when you ignore facts and actual evidence to further your social justice agenda, you don’t contribute anything worthwhile to the discussion. In fact, you fog the issue with half-truths and ridiculous conclusions regarding the facts.

Fact: Brown’s “cigar theft” actually became robbery (a felony) when he attacked the store clerk.

Fact: There is no evidence to dispute the fact that Brown also attacked the officer and attempted to take away the officer’s weapon. Brown’s blood was found inside the patrol car, so he clearly had part of his body inside the car. And while the officer is fighting to keep control of his weapon, is he supposed to ask for a time out so he can roll the window up? Are you serious?

Fact 3: The grand jury was given all of the evidence, even evidence that would likely have been excluded by a trial judge, and still didn’t find probable cause that Officer Wilson violated any Missouri laws.

So Martin, get a grip. Being a radio DJ has not likely ever put you in a position to make a life or death decision. And since you don’t seem to know the difference between shoplifting and robbery, I can only guess that you didn’t attend law school.

Finally, my apologies to Gene McIntyre and Bill Quinn, the two individuals Doerfler directed his wrath towards. I suspect they are quite capable of defending themselves. But as a retired police officer, I can’t allow Mr. Doerfler’s comments to go unchallenged.

Wayne A. Moreland
Keizer

Get back to true meaning of holiday

To the Editor:

What is Christmas all about and why do we celebrate it? In Bethlehem, a baby was born and his name was Jesus and his mother was Mary. There were shepherds, men had come to see Him. Also, wisemen traveled a long distance to bring gifts and to worship Him. That should tell you something. And yet we hear so little about Him at Christmas.

Some churches will have Christmas programs. The stores have very few items regarding Him; the schools do not mention Him and some do no know who Jesus is. They all talk about Santa Claus.

What has happened? What will become of the next generation? Will the name Jesus be completely replaced?

In comparison, what are the credentials of Santa Claus? Can we get back to the real meaning of Christmas?

Etheldra Tjernagel
Keizer

The arrogance of liberal elites

By MICHAEL GERSON    

Jonathan Gruber—the source of more smoking guns than the battle of Gettysburg—recently appeared before a hostile House committee. The good professor, you might recall, is an MIT economist who played a significant (and paid) role in producing and defending the Affordable Care Act. He also later admitted, in an astonishing variety of settings, that the law was written in a “tortured way” to hide tax increases and other flaws. “Lack of transparency,” he cheerfully conceded, “is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really, really critical to getting the thing to pass.”

At the hearing, some Republicans seemed oddly focused on Gruber’s profit motive, as though a real scandal must involve venality. Democrats attempted to salvage the credibility of Obamacare by throwing the witness to the wolves. Rep. Elijah Cummings declared Gruber’s past statements “disrespectful,” “insulting, “stupid” and “absolutely stupid.”

But the problem for Democrats is that Gruber is not stupid. By all accounts, he is knowledgeable, candid and willing, on occasion, to criticize the Obama administration—an advocate for Obamacare without being a shill. But he is perfectly representative of a certain approach to politics that is common in academic circles, influential in modern liberalism and destructive to the Democratic Party.

“My own inexcusable arrogance,” Gruber told the committee, “is not a flaw in the Affordable Care Act.” Oh, yes it is.

Many academic liberals have fully internalized the “What’s the Matter with Kansas?” theory, given vivid expression by Thomas Frank. In its simplified version (and there is seldom any other kind), this is the argument that people who are suffering from economic inequality should naturally vote Democratic. But they often get distracted by the shiny objects of the culture war and tricked into resentment against liberal elites.

It’s a very short step from this belief to its more muscular corollary: Liberal elites (through liberal politicians) should constructively mislead Americans. The task of actual persuasion is pretty nigh hopeless, given the unfortunate “stupidity of the American voter or whatever.” So the people must be given what they need, even if they don’t actually want it.

This involves a very high regard for policy experts, and a very low opinion of the political profession. Gruber clearly views his own world of policy as a place of idealism and integrity. Politics, in contrast, is a realm where “lack of transparency” and “mislabeling” are sad necessities to persuade low-information voters to pursue their own interests. Purposely employing such tactics in an academic paper, for example, would be a scandal (and presumably a firing offense) at MIT. But liberal academics expect politicians to have greater cunning and lower standards. In fact, academics depend upon the rougher talents of politicians to turn their ideas into reality.

Politics, in this view, is the grubby business of winning in order to put the proper technocrats in charge of large, complex systems. This assumes that academic and bureaucratic elites know how to run the world. It also relegates politicians to the job of doing their blocking and tackling, even if involves deception. The moral goal justifies it all. “Look,” said Gruber, “I wish … we could make it all transparent, but I’d rather have this law than not.”

This reflects a deeper tension within progressivism—working itself out for over a century—between a belief in democracy and a faith in expertise. Progressives originally assumed the people would choose to be ruled by experts—that more direct democracy would lead to more professional administration. But that now seems politically naive. So progressive elites are left believing that the people are stupid and must be managed, like everything else, in the public interest.

The success of this kind of progressivism depends on not being too obvious about it. Which is where Obamacare has utterly failed. With its self-evidently false promises—you can keep your current health care plan—and its public displays of incompetence, the system has become a symbol of progressive arrogance. This perception has helped spark a massive, sustained populist reaction, contributing to dramatic GOP gains in Congress and state legislatures.

This does not mean that Obamacare will be easily undone. But it does provide conservatives an opportunity to present a different, more idealistic vision of government: one that enables and empowers, not misleads and controls.

(Washington Post Writers Group)

Who will investigate Cylvia Hayes?

In matters that represent integrity in Oregon state government, it would have been reassuring to the citizens if Governor John Kitzhaber’s employees, such as his spokesperson, Melissa Navas, and his aide, Mary Rowinski, would have resigned when they were asked to perform services for the governor’s fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, that were at least marginally outside of ethical conduct by state employees.  According to documents until recently withheld by the governor’s office and now reported by The Oregonian, Navas could have stood her ground on principle, if not state ethics, if she would have threatened to resign rather than provide Hayes’ benefits at state cost and Rowinski would have said “No!” to caring for Hayes’ cats at Mahonia Hall.

Then there’s another staff person, Jan Murdock, the governor’s executive assistant who drove the Hayes’ dog between Portland and Salem and spent the night on multiple occasions at Mahonia Hall to dog sit.  Further, she has also taken Hayes’ auto to a repair shop on the state’s time.  A state police officer and detective have driven the dog to locations at Hayes’ request.  What are the costs to Oregon taxpayers to assist Hayes with personal help? Murdock receives a state salary of $7,343 per month while the state police employees involved are paid between $6,000 and $8,000 per month by the taxpayer’s purse.

The Oregonian and reported in a recent edition that a huge number of times that Hayes’ private work and work as the legally unrecognized ‘First Lady’ got muddled. Her billings have also included payment for environmental consulting that was done for the state while, as noted earlier here, her pets were looked after by the governor’s staff while they helped her free-of-charge with arrangements for private work and personal activities.

Investigative journalism discloses example after example of what appear to even the most casual observer as outside the pale of ethical and even lawful conduct.  Hayes attended a Climate Action reserve conference in San Francisco and the state paid $580 for her plane ticket and meals with one of those meals reported as a $41 room-service breakfast.  Hayes went to a two-day conference in Chicago to swap ideas about climate change where we taxpayers forked over $635 for her plane fare, her room and her meals.  Hayes billed the state for $90  when she stayed one night in Medford so she could attend a meeting of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon. The list of what would appear abuses of state money spent on her without holding office or in any official capacity may entail a whole lot more than what has been discovered so far.

E-mails reveal that Hayes had governor’s aide Mary Rowinski  looking after activities for her personal business.  The e-mails show that Hayes had Rowinski check into airfare to Irvine, Calif., so Hayes could speak at an ocean acidification meeting where Rowinski told Hayes that she would take care of it.  On another occasion she arranged booking for Hayes and Kitzhaber to attend that what-the-hell 11-day trip to Bhutan for a conference on happiness.  Additionally, for the Bhutan extravaganza, Rowinski assisted Hayes with seating upgrades, cellphone service, and to skirt around airline rules on carrying usually forbidden objects.

It would seem that the Oregon Ethics Commission has a slam-dunk job on its hands regarding whether Hayes and Kitzhaber violated state laws that prevent public officials from using a public position for personal financial gain.  It the commission choses to ignore all the examples of abuse that are already out there and not investigate further, then we know that bending state rules and engaging in corruption in Oregon has an open door to Hayes and Kitzhaber to continue as they have been doing and that the state’s taxpayers can just stuff their objections.

(Gene H. McIntyre’s column appears weekly in the Keizertimes.)