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Day: May 11, 2018

Post draws a Democrat challenger for District 25

Dave McCall (right) greets a constituent at Keizer’s JC’s Pizzaria Tuesday, May 1. McCall, a Keizer resident, is running to represent Oregon House District 25, which includes Keizer and Newberg. KEIZERTIMES/Random Pendragon

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

Dave McCall is one of the much-maligned California transplants that now call Oregon home. But, after more than 20 years as a Keizer resident, the Democratic challenger to Rep. Bill Post said his views have been shaped as much by this city as the one in which he was born.

“People are more relaxed here and want a relaxed lifestyle. There is a desire for a not-too-complex life that I enjoy,” McCall said.

McCall is unchallenged in the Democratic primary for Oregon House District 25, which means he will square off against Post in November for the seat.

McCall worked in armed security for almost two decades when his job as a manager was eliminated in a reorganization. In the wake of that upheaval, McCall enrolled at Western Oregon University intending to study history, but political science became his passion.

Despite the unexpected switch in careers, McCall said his time as a manager helped him focus on problem-solving.

“I’ve met Bill and he’s a nice guy, but I would rather try to solve the problem than rely on an ideology that says this has got to be the answer. He’s so proud of pushing the “No” button. Does that solve the problem? Sometime it does, sometimes it doesn’t,” McCall said.

District 25 encompasses all of Keizer and Newberg, and McCall said one of his most frequent questions is what the two cities have in common. The answer, he said, lies in his platform, which focuses on three areas: businesses, the environment, and education.

“I may be a Democrat, but I believe in commerce. We can create advantages for our businesses to compete in marketplace in the state and the country and the rest of the world,” he said.

Bolstering infrastructure from roads to rails and ports is one way to begin to tackle some of the underlying issues, he added.

He also sees opportunity to merge efforts in business and lessen environmental impacts.

“There is closed a factory just south of Newberg. That land is doing nothing. Why can’t we help the owner to convert it to an energy plant? Why can’t we do something with it other than sit and let it rust?” McCall said. “Why not get together with the owner and say this is how the government can help you if you’re willing.”

On the issue of education, McCall said he is supporting the bond measure voters will weigh in on next week, but that he wants to revisit the way state revenues are shared with school districts. He is still working out the details, but “in exchange for a portion of property taxes school districts collect, the state will share its revenue and stabilize funding.”

“I supported (the bond), but I can see why others wouldn’t. Education is important to everyone whether you have kids or not,” he said.

McCall attended a recent town hall hosted by Post and Sen. Kim Thatcher in Keizer. During the meeting, Post supported enlisting a legion of volunteer ex-military and ex-police officers to provide security on school campuses.

McCall’s views on school security are shaped by his background. As a private security manager, he needed to be certified as an unarmed guard, an armed guard, a trainer and manager.

“I want to make sure that whoever is on campus with a gun has been trained to the highest standard,” McCall said. “Why would we, society, ask people to volunteer to do something that should be a paid, professional position?”

For more information on McCall and his campaign, visit friendsofdavemccall.nationbuilder.com

McNary golfers to tee up at state

McNary golfers Joel Dutcher and Matt Langenwalter finished second and third at the district tournament to qualify for state.
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By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary senior Hannah Elliott saved the best two rounds of golf of her young life for when she needed them the most.

Elliott backed up a personal best 88 in the first round of the GVC Championships at Trysting Tree with an 87 in the second to finish third overall and qualify for her first state tournament.

“It was the one thing that I wanted to do because I haven’t gotten there yet,” said Elliott, who was tied with Anna Schweitzer of West Albany after the first day before beating her by three strokes on the second. “I just played smarter than she did in a couple of shots. We were pretty evenly matched. It just came down to a couple of shots that I just ended up doing better than her.”

Confident from the first day, Elliott played her best nine ever, shooting 41 on the front.

“I knew I could do it. It was just keeping it together on the back nine,” Elliott said. “After the first day I had a lot of confidence going into the second day and I think confidence really helps. You do good on one hole and it kind of pushes you to keep going.”

The rounds were her first two in the 80s. Elliott shot 91 at the district tournament as a sophomore but spent much of the past two seasons struggling to break 100.

“It was a complete 180 from last year,” Elliott said. “I’ve been wanting to be here (80s) for a while and I just couldn’t get here all season until districts. It was the perfect time to get there.”

Elliot will return to Trysting Tree Golf Club on May 14-15 for the state tournament.

“I love Trysting Tree,” Elliott said. “Because it’s a wide open course, even if you hit it a little bit right, it’s easier to hit it back into the fairway and then get it up. I just love playing the course. It’s really nice there and knowing I can shoot low there will be exciting to see how I can do at state.”

Joining Elliott at the state tournament will be McNary teammate Juralee Stover, who shot a 94 on Monday, May 7 at regionals. In a three-way tie for fifth after 18 holes at Tokatee Golf Club, Stover made a 10 foot put for par on the first playoff hole to earn the final state spot.

“I was surprised that I actually made that put because during that whole day I wasn’t putting very good at all,” Stover said. “It will be a good experience to go (to state), especially when I wasn’t expecting it.”

McNary junior Matt Langenwalter and sophomore Joel Dutcher will play in their second 6A boys golf state tournament.

Dutcher shot 148 over two days at Trysting Tree to finish second in the GVC.

His 71 in round one was a personal best.

“I stopped keeping score,” Dutcher said. “I didn’t know my score the whole round until I got to the last hole. I had the most relaxed mindset. Just the entire tournament, I just relaxed and had a good time.”

Dutcher wants to take the same mindset to the state tournament.

“I want to play the same game,” he said. “I want to lose my score. I don’t want to know what I’m shooting. If I could forget my score and not know it on the second day, I would do that.”

Langenwalter also shot a new personal best, 72, in round one and back it up with a 78 to finish third at districts.

“I hit the ball really well the first day,” Langenwalter said. “My whole game was pretty solid and I didn’t really make any big mistakes.”

The boys state tournament is May 14-15 at Emerald Valley.

“I feel good about my game,” Langenwalter said. “My goal is to get in the top 10, which would be a pretty high finish in a tournament like that. I need to have some good rounds to do so but I definitely feel like I can do it. I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be fun.”

Lady Celts drop two

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary didn’t get the softball result it wanted, falling to West Albany 7-4 on Friday, May 4.

But head coach Kevin Wise liked the Lady Celts’ improved approach at the plate.

“Last time when we played them there we didn’t hit well at all,” Wise said of the 10-0 loss at West Albany on April 13. “I think today we had a lot better approach and I think we did a good job of putting balls in play, at least a lot better than last time. I was really happy with the change.”

West Albany struck first at McNary, scoring one run in the top of the third on a double to left field after an infield error.

But the Lady Celts answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning.

After Alexa Cepeda hit a sacrifice fly to center field to score Abigail Covalt from third, Haley Bingenheimer tripled down the right field line to drive in Nadia Witt and give McNary a 2-1 lead.

West Albany took the lead for good in the fourth, scoring two runs on back-to-back singles with two outs. The Bulldogs added to their lead in the fifth with four runs, including a three-run home run to center field.

Nadia Witt tripled to lead off the bottom of the seventh and scored on a ground ball by Bingenheimer to get McNary within 7-4 but the rally and the game ended with another ground out.

“Really putting up four runs on a team like that is honestly pretty good because she’s (Mahayla Gamble) a really good pitcher,” Wise said. “They’re a really good team. Losing is always hard. I just want them to build off this. We had good approaches at the plate and defense was really pretty solid. If we play like this and get a couple of more hits to drop in, I think the results will probably be different.”

Witt was 2-for-3 and scored two runs. Covalt had a double and drew two walks. Kate Ronning also doubled in the loss.

Senior Emma Kinler missed her sixth straight game with a concussion.

“Nothing against the kids that have stepped in because they’ve done an awesome job but when you have a senior compared to a freshman in games like this, there’s just experience,” Wise said. “When these kids get to be, even next year and then juniors and seniors, they’re going to be lights out.”

The Lady Celts suffered another loss on Tuesday, falling at McMinnville 14-4.

McMinnville took the lead early, scoring four runs in the first inning

McNary chipped away, getting within 4-2 after Faith Danner doubled to drive home Taylor Ebbs and Ronning in the top of the second. Ebbs then doubled to lead off the top of the fourth and scored on a sacrifice fly by Danner to right field.

But the Bulldogs added to their lead with four runs in the fourth and six in the fifth to run-rule McNary.

Iris Festival 2018

To the Editor:

A couple of thoughts about the Iris Festival:

First, the new signs are huge improvement over the confusing “Check it Out” banners of the past few years.  And, the parade—gaps and all—is a very good thing.  But, the carnival. Must there be one? And, if there must be one, there must be a better place for it than the Cherry Avenue location.

I shed no tears for the pot shops that are inconvenienced by the carnival, but Gonzalo Cervantes has finally reopened Pronto Signs after years of hard work and does not deserve another giant hassle, even a temporary one.

Without being privy to the details of his lease, it seems to me that Jerry Walker should demonstrate his civic pride and volunteer the parking lot at Volcano Stadium for the carnival.  Baseball season has yet to begin and surely one less Spa Sale or Motor Home Liquidation would not break the bank. Failing the Walker offer, it seems to me the best solution would be nixing the carnival and putting up the beer and entertainment tent somewhere “downtown” with adequate parking and access to food.  Of course, my opinion counts for very little and I would welcome push back from a cotton candy smeared 12-year-old with a hankering for a dizzy spell.

Martin Doerfler
Keizer

Restore BOLI with Ogden

To the Editor:

I think we all agree that we need to restore to the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) the sense of balance between law enforcement and promotion of a healthy business climate. That is why I urge voters of all stripes to vote for Lou Ogden.

Mr. Ogden, unlike his principal opponent, has owned a business subject to the jurisdiction of BOLI. He knows first-hand the type of impact regulations passed by the legislature and enhanced through administrative rules promulgated by the Bureau exert on businesses both small and large. Businesses forced to focus on compliance have little time to innovate and grow to become all they want to be.

Mr. Ogden has also been on the front line of the effort to make at least a portion of Oregon a great place to work and do business. The City of Tualatin has flourished during the 17 years he has been its mayor to become one of the most desirable communities in which to live. The city exemplifies the great balance between residential and industrial interests that lure both to settle there and prosper.

Mr. Ogden is also the only candidate who has learned how to think as a non-partisan. Despite his opponent’s efforts to show otherwise, she cannot escape the bonds that tie her to the partisan leadership roles she has relished in the legislature. It’s time to restore balance to BOLI. It’s time for Lou Ogden.

Davis I. Dyer
Keizer

With its flaws, democracy is best system

Some Americans don’t like our government, its foundational Constitution, its rule of law, its institutions nor its norms.  They want change no matter the cost or consequence.  When change has come in other countries it has often been greeted later with misgivings after the new order of things has settled in, too often by use of violence and subjugation.

The founders of the United States were well-educated, knowledgeable men who realized they had an opportunity to organize into a nation the underpinnings of a democracy. They knew democracy meant people would choose leaders through free and fair elections, providing for the participation of its citizens in its politics and civic life, protecting the human rights of all citizens, and governing by a rule of law as applied equally to all citizens and the Constitution was designed accordingly and been flexible enough to adjust to “bumps” along the way down to the present day.

Indisputably, the U.S. has had its ups and downs as a nation: the protests of the 1960s, mainly over the war in Vietnam, that led to a proverbial corner-turning by many an American from that decade down to the present time. Dissatisfactions, by a whole lot of Americans, has taken this nation’s people from a time when Americans in general—save for the Civil War, civil rights legislation, and intermittent episodes of fear-mongering—accepted their plight and somehow muddled through adversity to arrive now at a split, fractured society where hardly anyone is willing to accept his circumstances. A nation so broken that the Russian Federation under Vladimir Putin, a man determined to terminate democratic nations and their institutions, is not only influencing U.S. elections but who might also have a firm grip on our president.

What is important to recognize these days is the drift of the nation towards an autocracy with leaders and their supportive followers trying to reshape the government to enable them full control without the rule of law.

Hallmarks of a new order without democracy are characterized by citizens not allowed to choose their leaders or hold them accountable. Protests are forbidden while the citizens lose their sovereignty and political authority.  Criticism of the ruling class results in imprisonment and, depending on their severity or threat, death.

It is where the citizens do not know or take part in the formulation of public issues.  Voting is the exclusive reserve of the leaders.  There’s no such entity as a political party and thereby no campaigning by candidates for political office or consideration by the citizenry-at-large in favor or against those persons in charge of all the others.  No debating of public issues is allowed any more than attending community meetings, petitioning the government or, most severely prohibited among the unacceptable behaviors, open or even clandestine protests.

No citizen has basic rights such as those in the Bill of Rights.  There are no private beliefs and citizens may not write or say what they think. Freedom of religion is abolished while private and public gatherings to worship and practice religion are forbidden.  All news is censored and then organized and delivered from one approved source established by the ensconced leadership.  Truth and facts vanish while mendacity and fake news reign uncontested.  Citizens cannot freely move about the land and, unless special permission is approved by the authority, citizens must remain located where born while kept under continuous surveillance.

The establishment of laws are not permitted as regime-supporting rules of conduct and behavior are identified and enforced and are constantly tested for obedience from cradle to grave.  Any citizen can be arrested, imprisoned and/or executed arbitrarily and without cause, torture and cruel inhumane treatment are willed by the leadership and dependent upon absolute compliance with the rules.  The rulers have total authority and judge in rule-breaking and punishment.  There is established and maintained a ruling class that enjoys the wealth and riches of the state while those citizens not among the ruling class must accept their plight and express joy and happiness at their servile state.

The citizens of the Weimar Republic of Germany (1919-1933) did not prevent what became Nazi Germany until it was far too late.  There are nations in the world today that are getting close to or have arrived at a place very much like or are identical to the descriptions provided here. The People’s Republic of China is one of them while others include Cuba, Egypt, Libya, Myanmar, North Korea, Russia, Saudi Arabia, The Philippines, Turkey, and a growing list of others, with their strongmen in unlimited terms of office.  Only we Americans can defeat ourselves and our way of life; only we can make certain our future as a democracy is secured.

(Gene H. McIntyre lives in Keizer.)