Of squeaky wheels, grease and MTV

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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.

Keizer resident Norman Cobb understands you can’t make change happen by just sitting around.

When he was told by the Department of Motor Vehicles he didn’t have the proper paperwork to get a Disabled Veterans license plate, he wasn’t going to take it lying down.

He called up Rep. Kim Thatcher’s office with his trouble, and her staff asked DMV and the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs to take a look at the eligibility law for said plates. As a result, the system is now a bit more flexible.

We’ve known Cobb for a long time; he’s a fairly frequent caller to our office, and is particularly interested in firearms and military issues. Example: He once chastised this writer for not understanding the difference between a magazine and a cartridge.

So whether you like to write, call, Tweet, post on Facebook walls or prefer carrier pigeons, Cobb provides yet another reminder that the world is run by those who show up.

- Jason Cox

On our minds

Three things we’re wondering:

• What was that MTV crew doing in town last weekend?

• When will we find out what that new retail building on River Road is?

• What’s Mayor Lore Christopher’s plans at the end of her mayoral term next year?

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