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Vote for Bateman

To the Editor: I urge the election of Mark Bateman to the Satem-Keizer School Board. I have known Mark for several years. I have served with him and observed his performance on various committees and boards at the First United Methodist Church in Salem. Mark is a problem solver and is well prepared for this position. His previous experience with a variety of organizations and the financial challenges facing each have all contributed to his preparation to serve on the school board. John Joelson...

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Parks fee

To the Editor: The headline for this article is very misleading. The headline states “Parks fees get majority support”. The article goes on to state that there were 1,102 surveys returned from Keizer’s “roughly” 14,300 households. Using these numbers that is a return rate of less than  8% of the total households. Marion County Elections reported on March 8, 2017 that Keizer had 19,483 households which takes the return rate down to 5%. Marion County also reported that Keizer has 23,357 registered voters. I can not understand how this survey would represent the majority of Keizer. Jim Keller...

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McNary eases scholarship search

By ROCHELLE FARRIS Funding a vocational or college education is not a cheap venture for students and their families. The path seems daunting for many and often there is confusion in the application, scholarship and financial aid process. In the past, parents and students may have felt alone in navigating this important path. McNary High School recognized the importance of having this kind of support for our students. This year families have a resource available to them to answer questions and minimize the confusion and complexities of the college application and scholarship process while supporting students by helping them become...

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Rep. Post is not doing his job

To the Editor: The founders of American government, in their wisdom, gave us a representative system.  A system in which the voting citizen has a voice in government policy through a representative in the legislature.  This is a contract between the elected official and the citizens of a district.  To be their voice. Representative Bill Post has broken that contract. It is the job of a representative to represent, not make excuses as to what he cannot do. The representative needs to get the job done. After all it was Mr. Post that asked for the position in the...

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Change how colleges do business

By GENE H. McINTYRE Through creative problem-solving and thinking outside the proverbial box, it’s possible to come up with ways and means to address Oregon’s public college and university costs outside of double-digit tuition increases.  What comes to mind is relief by way of college sports, administrative costs, and Oregon legislative action. Let’s begin by looking at the history of American colleges and universities.  There was a time when people attended an institution of higher education mainly to acquire further education beyond secondary school to earn a degree and realize the opportunity to work in the field of their choice.  Back when it was...

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