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Having fun with lemons

Having fun with lemons

Lemonade Day is the antidote to the “Mom, there’s nothing to do” lament. With a nudge, a parent, a guardian or a teacher can convince a Keizer youngster that the cure for the ‘nothing to do’ blues is starting a business. Started in Texas, Lemonade Day has blossomed across the country—sales top $50 million each […]

Where art thou, volunteers?

Where art thou, volunteers?

Since it became an organized community and then an incorporated city, in 1982, Keizer has relied on the kindness of its residents to volunteer to fulfill the many roles in city government and other organizations. At a time, decades ago, the center of the community was Keizer Little League (KLL), one of the most successful […]

Bruce Anderson: councilor

Bruce Anderson: councilor

Bruce Anderson was chosen by the Keizer City Council to fill a vacancy on that body at a meeting Monday. It was an unanimous vote; Anderson was the only applicant for the opening. Anderson is an excellent addition to the council. In his private sector career he has served in positions in top industries. Currently […]

Is this America?

Is this America?

The violence and fear-mongering at political rallies in the United States is reaching levels not seen in modern history. A national candidate uses words that incite his supporters who are all too willing to throw a punch or epithat at those who deem to protest at those rallies. The same candidate asks his supporters to […]

The end of a parade

The end of a parade

It was exciting in 2011 when the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade migrated from Salem to Keizer. We have the Miracle of Christmas lighting display in the Gubser neighborhood. We have the annual Keizer Iris Festival parade. Having the Lights parade come to Keizer was a beautiful feather in our civic cap. Unfortunately, nothing lasts […]

Privacy vs. security

Privacy vs. security

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is ordering Apple to break into the cell phone of the San Bernandino shooters to get what could be vital information. The information that is now locked away inside that iPhone could reveal important data that would help authorities get a clearer understanding of the movements and contacts of Syed […]

Obama must nominate justice

Obama must nominate justice

The funeral for the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia hasn’t been held yet and already the forces are out to hyper-politicize the naming of his replacement. Scalia died last weekend at the age of 79 after serving nearly 30 years on the nation’s highest court. He is being lionized across the spectrum as a […]

What Keizer loses

What Keizer loses

Tuesday’s city council meeting was the final one for Brandon Smith. He submitted his resignation last week; he is moving to Salem, making him ineligible to serve on the body. Smith has served twice on council. He was appointed to a vacancy in late 2007 and won the seat in his own right in the […]

One potato, two potato

One potato, two potato

It is shameful that a nation as rich and bountiful as the United States should have a hunger problem. No one, especially children, should go to bed hungry; no one should have to beg for food. Besides our people, the greatest resource we have is land. The Salem-Keizer School District should begin a program that […]

A sobering visit

A sobering visit

By LYNDON ZAITZ I went to Los Angeles last week for some sunshine and warmth. There wasn’t much of that but I did come away thoughtful. I wanted to visit several art museums that weekend but all had lines out the door due to free admission Saturday. I eschewed art and embraced history. My friend […]

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