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Day: September 21, 2018

Celtics on fire entering league play

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

McNary boys soccer coach Miguel Camarena set a goal to be in the top 10 of the OSAA power rankings at the end of non-league play.

With a 1-0 win over Gresham on Monday, the Celtics accomplished that, rising to No. 4.

McNary’s next goal, a league championship, begins Tuesday, Sept. 25 when the Celtics host West Salem to open Mountain Valley Conference action.

“Every conference game is always a challenge because you know everyone,” Camarena said. “Our kids are ready. I’m excited.”

McNary finished the preseason 4-1-2 with the only loss coming at No. 1 and undefeated Lake Oswego.

Senior Jesus Lopez said the loss was a wakeup call.

“After our first loss, we started to pick it up a bit and we realized we can’t take another loss,” said Lopez, who scored McNary’s only goal against Gresham, heading a corner kick off a Gopher defender and into the net.

“As I was going up towards the ball I tripped on the other player,” Lopez said. “I tried to head it and it rebounded off the other player and went in.”

After scoring just one goal in each of its first three games, two ties and a loss, the Celtics scored 10 in its next four, all wins.

“We create so many opportunities and in the first two or three games we missed those goals and now we’re scoring in every game,” Camarena said.

With starting goalkeeper Sebastian Lopez dealing with a hamstring injury, Alejandro Villarreal came off the bench to allow just one goal in a 2-1 win over Madison on Sept. 13 and shut out Gresham.

“It’s my job as a sub to just fill in his shoes and keep the team with a clean sheet and do my best to just keep the ball out of the net,” said Villarreal, who had seven saves against Gresham.

“It’s just focus but I have the support of my team. I support them and they support me and we just keep each other going. It’s whatever I can do to help this team win.”

Camarena expects Lopez as well as senior midfielder Jovanie Bravo, who missed the Gresham match with a knee injury, back for West Salem.

“The kids are playing well,” Camarena said.

“We can compete against anyone.”

Forget UGB when planning

There are those who plan based on their wishes, then there are those who plan based on present conditions.

The city’s River Road Revitalization project is just in the talking stages, yet the topic gets tied up with an expansion of our Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) on the north border of Keizer.

There are folks who are salivating over the possible opening of hundreds of acres north of the city for new residential and commercial development. Building on land that is ripe for development will certainly be a boon for landowners and developers alike.  All who are serious about taking advantage of an expanded UGB have to know that it will not happen, if at all, until sometime far in the future. There are many hurdles, political and finanical, to jump before Keizer will see hundreds of acres to develop.

Discussions on the revitalization of River Road and Cherry Avenue need to be held without reference to a UGB expansion. Plan as if that will never be an option. Would the context of the discussion change?

If you  have no extra land to develop then you have to consider changing zoning codes within the current city borders to achieve the mix that is vital to attracting new business and categories, such as light industrial.

A reality of our times is that retail is changing quite rapidly. The way people shop is evolving every year. More consumers shop online, brick and mortar store shoppers look for the values big box retailers offer. The retail sector on River Road and Cherry Avenue is but a small iteration of what it once was—that’s how progress and technology work.

To revitalize River Road—which is a state highway—our leaders, governmental, civic and business, may have to look to office parks, non-polluting light industrial and medical as categories best suited for our main commercial street.

If retail is the holy grail of Keizer development, it cannot be planned for in a vacuum. It is important at this stage of discussions to ask  what would need to be in place for desired retailers to locate to River Road. Once we know what the end-users want we will be in a better position to design a revitalized River Road. That worn-out saw, “if you build it, they will come” is not very viable these days.

Let’s develop incentives for business to set down stakes in our community. The city council should look at every rule or regulation that affects new commercial development—reduce or waive fees that will attract a company that adds a minimum number of new jobs. For example, if your business adds 25 new jobs within Keizer, your system development charges (for new construction) will be cut by 50 percent.

It is important to get new employers inside our city to offer jobs for some of the thousands of Keizer residents who leave town each day to work elsewhere. That would benefit all concerned: residents would have a chance to work where they live, the city gets a new tax payer.

Add in rezoning to promote mixed use in our downtown corridor and the city will have many new housing units to meet the needs of the city now, not in some far off future that is uncertain.

      —LAZ

Council should vote for inclusion

To the Editor:

Kudos to the Keizertimes for taking the courageous stand regarding hate crimes and prejudice in Keizer.  The well-written series of articles under the headline, A Simmering State of Hate was highly informative. I commend Cyndi Swaney and group for requesting the city council to adopt an inclusivity resolution, a statement declaring the city is a safe and inclusive space for everyone.

I taught at McNary High School when the first English as a second language (ESL) class started.  Initially there were confrontations between some of the Anglo students and the new Hispanic students in the halls and after school.  The school began a series of interventions not only to end the student conflict, but also to support our new students and make it a proud school policy.  Similarly, when gender related issues arose a staff member sponsored “The Gay Straight Alliance,” a weekly meeting for students and staff to work for inclusivity of LBGTQ students.  It definitely takes positive institutional action to move inclusivity forward.

The teachers union, the Salem-Keizer School District and the city of Salem have taken clear stands against hate crimes that marginalize members of our community.  The Keizertimes editorial board is correct that Keizer’s city council should prioritize writing a similar unequivocal position supporting inclusivity.

Cathey Philbrick
Keizer

Where is the outrage?

To the Editor:

We all  now know a hate-bias incident has occurred in Keizer (Hispanic man assaulted waiting for son, Keizertimes, Aug. 31, 2018). This behavior should not be tolerated. Voices should be raised saying “Not in my backyard!”

I would like to apologize to the victim and tell him I would be happy if he were my neighbor.

It is time for us to support no on Measure 105 and demand an inclusivity resolution from our elected city officials.

Carol Doerfler
Keizer

You don’t have to be a bigot to be a racist anymore

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS

What is a racist? There was a time when the answer to that question was pretty clear-cut. A racist was someone who joined a group like the Ku Klux Klan, spewed racial slurs, or supported segregation. A racist was someone who thought that people of other races were inherently inferior.

In the last decade or so, that’s changed. In a time of expanding definitions, you don’t have to be a bigot to be a racist anymore. You just have to have the wrong politics to be branded a racist, or race-baiter or race warrior. Or you can just be associated with someone who has the wrong politics.

The Southern Poverty Law Center has listed David Horowitz, 79, a former 1960s radical turned conservative, as an extremist and “driving force” in the “anti-black” movement.

Last week, The Washington Post ran a front-page story that reported that Ron DeSantis, the GOP candidate for governor in Florida, “spoke at racially-charged events”—that is, he spoke at four conferences put on by the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

What makes Horowitz anti-black? He is “a vocal opponent of reparations for slavery,” the Southern Poverty Law Center wrote.

He also makes provocative statements. Like this one: “Unfortunately, as a nation we have become so trapped in the melodrama of black victimization and white oppression that we are in danger of losing all sense of proportion. If blacks are oppressed in America, why isn’t there a black exodus?”

Horowitz’s tone can be insensitive. I think he’s dead wrong to dismiss black grievances as melodramatic and I believe he overstates white grievances. He has written things that make me cringe, but I’ve known him for years and he is no white supremacist. In fact, Horowitz was collaborating with the Black Panthers on a learning center in 1974, when a colleague was murdered; he blamed the group for her death and began to move away from the left.

Once the SPLC labeled Horowitz as an extremist, he was supposed to become so radioactive that others would associate with him at their own peril. As DeSantis learned. According to The Washington Post, you see, DeSantis not only spoke at Horowitz events, he also “recently was accused of using racially tinged language.”

After he won the GOP primary, DeSantis called his African-American Democratic opponent, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum “articulate.” The Republican also told Fox News that the last thing Floridians need is “to monkey this up by trying to embrace a socialist agenda.”

“Monkey,” critics argued, is a racist dog whistle.

“Articulate” is racist because it can be condescending—as Sen. Joe Biden learned in 2007 after he praised colleague Barack Obama as the “first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.” Biden apologized. Obama later picked Biden to be his running mate in 2008.

DeSantis said his “monkey” remark had nothing to do with race. Without proof, one would expect DeSantis to enjoy the benefit of the doubt. Instead he got a front-page story that implied he’s a race-baiter because he spoke at conservative confabs.

Mark Krikorian is executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, a pro-enforcement group branded a “hate group” by the SPLC. He sees the SPLC as a left-wing political organization now dedicated to marginalizing ideas that used to be mainstream.

Politicians such as former President Bill Clinton, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and the late Rep. Barbara Jordan, D-Texas, used to support enforcing immigration laws. Today, Krikorian said, their positions would be “branded as hate speech” by the SPLC.

The SPLC also charged Horowitz with hating Muslims because of his harsh criticism of radical Islamic terrorism and Palestinian groups opposed to Israel.

As a proof, the SPLC includes this statement, which really is a political argument: “The difference between Islamic fanatics, or Jew haters, and Hitler is that Hitler hid the Final Solution, and the Iranians and Hezbollah shout it from the rooftops. And the whole Muslim world accepts it.”

And here’s how you know the SPLC’s labeling is highly partisan. In 2016, Richard Cohen, the group’s president, wrote a piece titled, “Black Lives Matter is not a hate group.”

“There’s no doubt that some protesters who claim the mantle of Black Lives Matter have said offensive things, like the chant, ‘pigs in a blanket, fry ‘em like bacon’ that was heard at one rally,” Cohen wrote. “But before we condemn the entire movement for the words of a few, we should ask ourselves whether we would also condemn the entire Republican Party for the racist words of its presumptive nominee—or for the racist rhetoric of many other politicians in the party over the course of years.”

No, the SPLC would never condemn the entire GOP as racist because of Donald Trump. Better to cook the frog slowly. Start by isolating David Horowitz. Then let the r-word hang over anyone who associates with him. And then see where that goes.

(Creator Syndicate)

Nominee could vote to overturn set law

Practicing any religion from among all those offered throughout the world has not only been our way of life since the founding of the United States of America but is also protected by the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.  It established every citizen’s right to practice his or her religion or practice no religion whatsoever.

The country’s founders were of different religious backgrounds and thereby believed that the best way to protect religious liberty was to keep religion out of government.  They accomplished it by guaranteeing a separation of church and state.  They believed freedom of religion would prevent religious conflicts that had torn other nations apart and destroyed civilized societies.

The First Amendment prohibits government from encouraging, promoting and establishing religion in any way.  That’s why the U.S. has no official religion.  It also means that the government may not give financial support to any religion.  Then, too, the Free Exercise Clause of the First Amendment gives every citizen the right to worship as he and she chooses.

Nevertheless, that which the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights established as the nation’s foundation has not stopped those Americans who have sought to impose their religious beliefs and practices upon other citizens.  The most common effort being those Americans who labored periodically throughout our nation’s history to have the Christian faith adopted as America’s exclusive national religion.

Among us are those Americans who’ve chosen to embrace religiously conservative views, having their origin mainly in the Ten Commandments.  They have thereby vigorously railed against philandering, lying, self-promotion, the flouting of laws, favoring rich over poor, using fear and falsehoods against others, and worshipping money.  Yet they have voted to place such a person with these behaviors in the White House.  As more and more information on this person has been revealed, they continue their support in spite of overwhelming evidence and now seek through him to place a deciding vote in the Supreme Court reversing the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, allowing American women to choose.

Based on everything we know about Supreme Court nominee  Brett Kavanaugh from his speeches and essays, they prove his conservative religious views even though—in sharp contrast to his alleged morals—he is accused by a woman from his past of sexual assault.  He does not shy away from rule by religion in government while it is considered highly predictable that he will work not only to end the rights of women to choose but stands to oppose and end a great many progressive measures that came into existence during the 1900s in an effort to improve American lives and bring the promised freedoms in America’s founding ideals to all.

In matters of citizen consequence he’s known by his record as a lawyer and federal judge as one who seeks, for example, to limit and reduce government social programs, exampled by Social Security, Medicare and national health care. He’s also made it clear that he’s against immigration reform, criminal justice overhaul, equitable taxation, female equality, and, among a list too lengthy to report here, that he’s in favor of protecting the U.S. President from any and all investigations, subpoenas and indictments .  .  .  no matter the offense or act of lawlessness.

(Gene H. McIntyre shares his opinion frequently in the Keizertimes.)

Feeding the community one harvest at a time

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

There’s a rumble as the first oversized bags of pears get dumped into the four large crates on the back of a Salem Harvest flatbed truck. Fruit by the dozen, ranging from small to XXXL, roll around before coming to rest.

Over the next two hours, the rumble is quieted as the fruit piles up creating additional layers to muffle the sound. By the time volunteer havesters call it a day, more than 3,400 pounds of pears are on their way from a private orchard a few miles north of Keizer to the Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS).

“The organization is great, but the richness of the crops blows my mind,” said Jaime Fuhrman, a harvest leader. “If you look anywhere else, there are few places that have the variety of food crops that we do in Marion County. An organization like this in the Midwest might have wheat and soy beans and corn. In Idaho, you’d have potatoes.”

Fuhrman’s amazement, however, is tempered by sadness and remorse.

“There have been times when we’ve picked 20,000 pounds of pears from a single orchard, but we drove away from another 100,000. We can do truckloads and truckloads and truckloads of squash, but so much of it gets left behind. I want to rescue all the food because we know we’re going to be dealing with hungry people this winter,” she said.

To be fair, it’s not as though the organization is slacking. In eight years, Salem Harvest has rescued more than 2 million pounds food. In the month since passing that milestone, it’s recovered another 100,000 pounds of fruit, vegetables and nuts.

“We’re at 175 harvests this season and we’ll probably do about 220 this year,” said Executive Director Elise Bauman. “Our cost is 16 cents a pound, which is the lowest in the nation, I think. It costs MPFS about $1 per pound to bring other food to the food bank.”

Bauman interrupts the conversation to advise a young volunteer struggling to pull a pear from a tree.

“If you pull down, the tree doesn’t want to give up, but it you lift up past 90 degrees it comes right off,” she says, demonstrating the technique. “Those are Bosc pears you’re picking. Remember that. Knowledge is power.”

Elise Bauman, executive director of Salem Harvest, dumps a load of pears into a truck headed to the Marion-Polk Food Share.
KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald

Bauman is bullish on the idea of knowledge as power. During the months when fewer harvests occur, she attends growers’ conventions picking up as much information as she can on the types of food available and making connections with potential sources.

“I feel like I’m a good connection between the average person and the agriculture here in Marion County. One of the things I’m trying to get out there this year is for people to stop taking hazelnuts they see on the ground in orchards thinking they are going to waste. Hazelnuts aren’t harvested until they hit the ground,” she said.

About 1,000 volunteers participate in harvests each year. Regardless of the crop, harvesters are asked to donate half of what they pick to MPFS or another organization of its type, the other half they can keep for themselves or their families. A sizable portion of the pear yield – in excess of the 3,400 pounds for MPFS – on Saturday, Sept. 15, went to the food pantry at Willamette University for students who need assistance. Hundreds of additional pounds went home with volunteers.

“Other volunteers that we have a lot of success with are older folks or early retirees who don’t have daytime commitments and can come out and harvest with us,” Bauman said.

If at all possible, Bauman tries to keep harvest to two hours a pop, the reasons are both psychological and biological.

“Two hours was a reasonable amount of time for the harvest leaders who put in extra time before and after we start picking. For the pickers, the two hour mark seems to be when they stop having fun. The other thing is the bathroom issue. Sometimes we don’t have a restroom and sometimes we do, and anybody can hold it for two hours,” she said.

Aside from helping harvest, it’s the harvest leaders’ job to make sure everyone is comfortable with the tasks at hand and to act as a caretaker for the orchards and fields themselves.

“We are taking groups onto other peoples’ property and we want to make sure everyone respects that. We don’t want to leave behind a bunch of trees with broken branches,” Fuhrman said.

Bauman herself started as a volunteer harvester in 2011.

“I needed food to feed my family. At the time, there were five kids and one income. It just wasn’t cutting it and there’s pride around not taking food stamps or those sort of things,” Bauman said.

Some of the harvesters picking pears are doing so to help feed there families, but others are there for the exercise or simply as an act of communal support. Recently, Bauman made time in her schedule to sit in on a meeting of Keizer United, a networking group for area non-profit efforts. While there, she made contact with the director of Simonka Place, a women’s shelter on River Road North. A few weeks later, a group of residents was out picking blueberries with Salem Harvest.

“They took back about 250 pounds to the shelter,” Bauman said. “It’s a good use of their time and our time because they don’t have to get it from MPFS.”

The short time it takes in getting food from field to food bank is one of the primary benefits of having a local organization like Salem Harvest. Reducing the window in which spoilage can occur means more ready-to-eat produce and nuts.

Even though  much of each harvest goes to the food share, volunteer pickers find other ways to share the bounty. Fuhrman lives in Silverton and portions of what she takes home goes to three different community dinners and others go to a group of women who make soup for local warming centers.

“All of the gleaners who come back find others ways to share the food we rescue and the web keeps getting bigger,” Fuhrman said. “More than any other organization I’ve ever seen, Salem Harvest lives its values.”

To volunteer for a harvest, have volunteers rescue food from your property, or donate to the cause visit www.salemharvest.org.

Life of Wiley: Area football teams not competitive

Tasked with reviving a sport with declining participation, an OSAA football ad hoc advisory committee began meeting last October.

In January, the 6A athletic directors then voted for a four-game league schedule.

The idea was the flexibility of playing five non-league games would allow teams to put together a more competitive schedule after 42 percent of games were decided by more than four touchdowns the year before.

Um… How’s that working?

Three weeks in, Salem-Keizer schools are a combined 3-15 with McNary, Sprague, North Salem and McKay all 0-3. The Celtics have been outscored by 100 points.

Sprague? 51.

McKay, which thanks to the ad hoc committee, was allowed to play down to 5A, lost its first two games by 24 and 20 points.

The schedule doesn’t get any easier this week.

West Salem, which itself opened the season with a 27-point loss at Lake Oswego but has since carried the flag for Salem-Keizer by blowing out Bend and handling Grant, hosts Sheldon.

McNary travels to Tumwater, Wash. while McKay and North Salem each play two of the top ranked teams in 5A.

Here are my picks:

Sprague at South Salem
One of the consequences of a four-game league schedule is two teams located four miles apart are playing each other in a non-league game. The good news here is a Salem-Keizer team gets a win. Of course the bad news is it also gets another loss. The Olympians have dominated this series the last two years, winning 48-7 and 58-12. However, Sprague, 0-3, is obviously not the same team. This game could really go either way. But I’ll take the team that’s played the more difficult schedule.

Prediction: Olympians 28, Saxons 24

McKay at Lebanon

Playing on Thursday night due to the referee shortage, the Royal Saxons nearly got their first win last week, falling to South Albany by four points. Next, McKay gets Lebanon, fresh off a 37-36 loss in a heavyweight battle against undefeated Silverton. While the Royal Scots showed progress, they are not ready to knock off one of the best teams in 5A.

Prediction: Warriors 37, Royal Scots 14

Silverton at North Salem

The Vikings have been close the past two weeks before falling off in the second half. A win should be coming soon but not against the Foxes, who are on a roll.

Prediction: Foxes 50, Vikings 21

Sheldon at West Salem

A win by the Titans would go a long way in bringing some respect to Salem-Keizer football. It would also show that West Salem is a serious threat to compete for the 6A state title. But the Irish, featuring two of the top players in the state in quarterback Michael Johnson Jr. and tight end Patrick Herbert, have owned West Salem, winning 41-7 and 35-8 the past two seasons.

Prediction: Irish 38, Titans 21

McNary at Tumwater, Wash.

Here’s what I know about Tumwater: The T-Birds played for the 2A state championship last season and at 3-0 are currently ranked No. 1 in the classification. With more than 1,200 students, Tumwater would compete in 6A if it were located in Oregon. On offense, the T-Birds run the wing-T, which McNary will be familiar with from playing North Salem. In junior Dylan Paine, Tumwater has a running back who rushed for more than 1,800 yards and 24 touchdowns last season. McNary’s schedule should eventually get easier but not yet.

Prediction: T-Birds 40, Celtics 27

Derek Wiley is Associate Editor of the Keizertimes.

Last week: 4-2, Overall record: 11-7