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Tomorrow’s volunteers

Tomorrow’s volunteers

Pride, spirit and volunteerism. It is the Keizer city motto and it is in evidence every day in our community. The mayor, the city council, all of the city’s boards, commissions and task forces are manned by residents volunteering their time forwarding proposals and advice to the council. Those volunteers are important to the operation […]

Don’t legalize discrimination

Don’t legalize discrimination

The to do about Indiana’s Gov. Mike Pence signing into law that state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is well placed by those who will boycott the Hoosier state for what they call legalized discrimination. The act says the government cannot burden a person’s ability to follow their religious beliefs, unless it can prove a compelling […]

Three men changing education

Three men changing education

If Chuck Lee and John Honey get students as excited about the Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) as adults, the facility will surpass all expectations. The Career Technical Education Center—long a dream of the Salem-Keizer School District—is scheduled to open this fall on Portland Road. Budget cuts of more than $120 million a few years […]

It’s the people

It’s the people

While parts of the world seem to be losing their heads and spinning out of control, Keizer keeps its cool and continues on a modest path. We’e a community that celebrates our kids  we  roll up our sleeves when our schools and organziations need help. The continuing crisis caused by the Islamic State in Syria […]

Keizer’s history: discovered

Keizer’s history: discovered

Yes, Keizer does have history. A lot of it as will be seen when the book Images of America: Keizer is officially released in April. The book, printed by Arcadia Publishing, will have an official release on April 16. The Keizer book will join thousands of others by Arcadia which chronicle the history of small […]

Do not be goaded into war

Do not be goaded into war

When in doubt, cut taxes or send in American military troops. Those seem to be the only choices for some of the nation’s politicians on the right. No tax is good—taxes feed the government beast that has an insatiable appetite. Cut off its food source and government will shrink to a manageable size, whatever that […]

Use power, not troops

Use power, not troops

It took the death of an attractive young American woman for President Obama and other politicians to get really mad. This week Obama sent Congress a request for broadened war power authority to fight the Islamic State (ISIS). Kayla Mueller, a 26-year old woman from Arizona, and a captive of the Islamic State (ISIS), was […]

Keizer’s finest

Keizer’s finest

The Keizer Chamber of Commerce bestowed awards on five deserving Keizer people at its annual First Citizen Awards banquet last week. Former Mayor Lore Christopher was named Keizer’s First Citizen;  Joe Egli was named merchant of the year; Krina Lee and Chuck Lee were honored as winners of the service to education award.  Dan Clem, […]

Get out of town

Get out of town

The leaders of Keizer, especially members of the city council, don’t like to try new things unless or until they’re been done somewhere else. What is Salem doing? is a regular question when policy questions are discussed at the council level. It’s a policy that suits Keizer—why take the risk of being first when we […]

We are all Ducks now

We are all Ducks now

On Monday, Jan. 12, we will all be Ducks. Even some diehard OSU Beaver fans will probably be cheering for Oregon—if not specifically for the University of Oregon Ducks as they play for the national champsionship. For the person who has limited interest in such things, this game is huge for all Oregonians. Monday’s game […]

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