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Together again, at last

Together again, at last

After six years of often acrimonious relations, Keizer’s two major youth baseball organizations are talking about putting themselves back together. Keizer Little League and the Keizer Youth Sports Association (KYSA) are in talks to merge and be one again. That’s good news for sports fans and really good news for Keizer’s kids. The split between […]

Gridlock and frustration

Gridlock and frustration

More than two-thirds of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. In all areas. Most feel that the country is still in a recession though many indicators show otherwise. Many are uneasy about our foreign policy, or lack of. In this unsettled climate will come the mid-term elections which promise to deliver low […]

50,000 and counting

50,000 and counting

The exodus of children from Latin American countries across the border into the U.S. continues while the people who can do something about it would rather win political points than address this humanitarian crisis. Many of the children, some as young as four, are escaping dangerous life in their home countries, especially Honduras, Guatemala and […]

Social networking

Social networking

People talk about social networking sites as if they had a right to use it. Take the latest hullybaloo over Facebook’s manipulations about mirroring content to users interest. Social networking sites are a business—a lucrative business. There is no right for the public to use them other than the way specific  companies require. If people […]

Salaries

Salaries

City Councilor Joe Egli was right when he voiced concern over, and voted against, the recent salary survey for the city manager and city attorney positions with Keizer. He voiced concerns about the process including step increases and the cities that were included such as Lake Oswego and West Linn, two cities that are decidedly […]

Think twice on cow pasture

Think twice on cow pasture

People are passionate about green, open spaces, especially in an urban setting. That passion was on display at a hearing in June about zoning and other changes at private property many affectionately call ‘the cow pasture.’ The property sits on the west side of Verda Lane between Chemawa Road and Dearborn Avenue. It has been […]

If it’s hot, turn fountain on

If it’s hot, turn fountain on

The city of Keizer should see to it that the splash fountain at Chalmers Jones Park at the Keizer Civic Center is always operating during the hottest days, regardless of employee schedules. The fountain is turned on when temperatures reach 75 degrees. Last week during a very hot Monday and Tuesday the fountain did not […]

Celebrate the Constitution

Celebrate the Constitution

America celebrates its 238th birthday this Independence Day weekend. There will be fireworks, picnics, parades, concerts, speeches, flags and more across the country. Not many people will be thinking about the founding fathers as they grill hot dogs and eat potato salad. That’s a shame. We could use a healthy dose of what the fathers […]

At long last, finish Chemawa

At long last, finish Chemawa

It is time for the city of Keizer to get tough with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) regarding the completiton of the Chemawa Road project that is, yet again, on hold due to utilities. The discovery of unknown utility infrastructure is the cause of the lastest work stoppage. The neighbors and users of Chemawa […]

What’s your kid doing this summer?

What’s your kid doing this summer?

It’s a summer lament that’s been heard for decades from kids: “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.”  If those are words heard in Keizer households, there are activities for our young ones to do this season. Parents want to be sure their children are safe and active during the times when they are not in […]

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