Why not preserve Keizer history?

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To the Editor:

The first 30 years of my life were spent in Keizer, until a job took me to Washington state. I still regularly visit family there and I am concerned about my hometown and what happens to it. With the exception of the inspired few who toil endlessly at the Keizer Heritage Museum, the citizens of Keizer have seemingly lost their appreciation for the history of this little community. Why is there a need for another apartment complex? There are thousands of them in the greater Salem-Keizer area. This home that will be torn down has a long rich history in the community, and is one of the few areas left as an open space. Why does every open space have to have a building plopped down on it–usually a strip mall or another apartment that sits half empty? Why not get bids to turn the house into a bed and breakfast with an attached restaurant or even just a nice restaurant by itself. I am disappointed in the editorial, Building on the cow pasture, June 13) that only expresses concern about what a seemingly inevitable apartment complex will look like. Yes, there is a lot of traffic at that intersection; why make it worse by  putting a lot of people in apartments along with their cars which will make more traffic.  Why not encourage the citizens to get behind an effort to save this home and this land as it did the oldest part of Keizer School—which is far younger than the house.  Several older homes in the area have been torn down for commercial interests and that is really a shame.

Corie Jones
Olympia, WA

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