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Roland Herrera

Roland Herrera

To the Editor: We first met Roland Herrera 30 years ago.  He has continually been active in the Keizer community, working on so many projects even he can’t remember all of them.  Because of that he was recognized as Keizer’s First Citizen, an honor well-deserved. Roland knows Keizer. Through his many activities and his work […]

Lesson of Ferguson tragedy: end racism

Lesson of Ferguson tragedy: end racism

The Ferguson, MO. story is viewed from this writer’s perspective as an American tragedy. Unfortunately, one of far too many tragedies when it comes to our citizens of African descent.  Urban riots have come and gone in Newark, Detroit, Cincinnati, Miami, Oakland, Los Angles and even Portland, on a smaller scale, but when the dust settles thereafter, we remain with […]

Ferguson, MO

Ferguson, MO

To the Editor: I must comment on the circus in Ferguson, Missouri. It was a tragedy when a white peace officer shot a black unarmed teenager. But before an investigation was completed and the circumstances were analyzed, rioting broke out. Trouble makers and hoodlums from as far away as New York appeared on the scene […]

Political cartoons

Political cartoons

To the Editor: As a native Oregonian, product of the Oregon school system, retired Army Nurse Corps veteran, wife, mother, grandmother and citizen of Keizer for more than 31 years, I have been incredibly proud to be an Oregonian. It has always been a thrill to come home from travels to this gorgeous place that […]

Bradley (Brad) E. Gustafson

Bradley (Brad) E. Gustafson

September 6, 1963 – August 20, 2014

Count your many blessings

Count your many blessings

By MATT CHAPPELL When I read last week’s article in the Keizertimes about depression, it made me pause and think about the things that are really important in life. Whatever the cause of depression, we must always remember that where there is breath, there is hope. I myself am familiar with hardships, in fact it’s […]

It’s depressing

It’s depressing

The death of Robin Williams was met with shock and universal acclaim for one of our time’s most beloved performers. About 22 veterans take their lives each day in this country, a majority of whom served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Many try to conjure up reasons why Williams took his own life. We  are aware […]

Thanks to those who made Rib Feast a major success

Thanks to those who made Rib Feast a major success

To the Editor: Thank you for sharing our story of the Aug. 4 Rib Feast. However, Dan and I were not alone in our efforts and support of the Navy-Coast Guard Wounded Warriors. We personally want to thank Keizerites Maleah Richard (Kitchen Queen) and daughter Brittany, Linda Carbajal, Nancy Varner, Gene and Betty Olson, Dave […]

Rand Paul’s bogus outreach

Rand Paul’s bogus outreach

By MICHAEL GERSON Why should Republicans engage in outreach to African-Americans, even though the level of suspicion is so high and the yield in votes is likely to be so low? Even among some reform-oriented conservatives, what might be called the Kemp project—after the late Rep. Jack Kemp, who spent a career engaged in minority […]

Imagine a two-year break from D.C.

Imagine a two-year break from D.C.

How about a fantasy to occupy the reader’s fancy during the waning days of summer?  Here’s one that occurred to me on a torrid August day this past week. How about sending the 535 members of Congress, the president and nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court on leave along with their multitude of staffers until a […]

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