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McNary taps its new choir director

McNary taps its new choir director

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Joshua Rist knows what it’s like to be dragged to choir. At 16 years old, taking classes at Linn-Benton Community College in Corvallis, a friend managed to get Rist to give singing a try for the first time. “I fell in love pretty hardcore,” Rist said. “It really changed […]

A poor choice of words

A poor choice of words

To the Editor: During the last budget meeting Mayor Cathy Clark stated that “there needs to be an ‘honest’ conversation about what type of community we want.” Now this week the mayor is quoted in the Keizertimes saying, “we need to have a ‘grown up’ conversation about our tax rate.” The mayor is also quoted […]

Stuck between the political extremes

Stuck between the political extremes

I switched my voter registration to ‘non-affiliated’ several years ago.  I have felt less affiliated every year since, feeling stranded in what I suspect is a vast pool of voters abandoned between the ideological rigidity of the extreme left and the extreme right. It looks like we will be asked in the November presidential election […]

Mike Pence is a sign of Trump’s weakness

Mike Pence is a sign of Trump’s weakness

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate is just what everyone is saying it is: a safe, traditional choice. Pence won’t hurt Trump too much and may help him with Republican politicians and some conservatives. But the pick is also—and more importantly—something else: a sign of […]

Leaders needed to keep US safe, secure

Leaders needed to keep US safe, secure

Should there be a hint of nervousness even in the most stalwart American heart nowadays, it may have something to do with the fact that another crazed Muslim extremist drove a big truck through a large crowd in Nice, France, murdering 84 persons and harming multiple others. France has become a dangerous place where already hundreds of lives have been lost to […]

The Bard returns to Keizer Rapids

The Bard returns to Keizer Rapids

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Come to Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s production of Twelfth Night ready to laugh. “This show is a ridiculous romp,” Director Linda Baker said. “[William] Shakespeare didn’t take it very seriously, I think, so we’re not either.” Baker said the comedy comes from her cast. “Really what I have here is […]

Dream Believer

Dream Believer

McNary grad looks back on OSU career

‘We need to have a grown-up conversation’

‘We need to have a grown-up conversation’

Mayor ready to tackle general fund increase

Those who disagree are not enemies

Those who disagree are not enemies

The murder of five police officers in downtown Dallas, Texas by a frustrated and radical former Army Reserve private is tragic. The officers were patrolling a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest after police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Though every police officer takes their lives into their hands each time they don the uniform and […]

Men of Keizer and Rotary volunteers

Men of Keizer and Rotary volunteers

To the Editor: I’d like to thank several members of Keizer service groups for their volunteer help over the 4th of July weekend at Antique Powerland. Two groups assisted: Keizer Rotary and Men of Action (a Keizer Chamber of Commerce group). Members who volunteered were: Betty Hart and Alex Miller (and son) from Rotary Club […]

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