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Aren’t we better than this?

Aren’t we better than this?

Will anyone ever answer for the decisions made that allowed America to be identified as a nation that tortures its enemies? The Senate Intelligence Committee’s Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program released on Tuesday is a shock to the system. For decades America was unlike many other countries in the world—we […]

City’s holiday lights require lots of volunteer coordination

City’s holiday lights require lots of volunteer coordination

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes When Keizer wakes on the Sunday before Thanksgiving it finds that the decoration elves have completed their handiwork—more than 100 Christmas decorations line River Road and other streets. Cities and towns across the country, no matter how big or small, have Christmas or holiday decorations. Keizer’s decorations date […]

Moving past Ferguson

Moving past Ferguson

The aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. last August has included riots, protests, punditry that spans the political spectrum and a grand jury that decided this week no criminal charges are warranted against police officer Darren Wilson. The announcement of the grand jury’s decision by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch […]

Commission needs to be bold

Commission needs to be bold

The new Keizer Economic Development Commision (KEDC) held its first meeting earlier this month. Chaired by Mayor-elect Cathy Clark, the commission of nine is charged with devising ways to develop Keizer’s economy. That’s good but the first meeting was less than inspiring. There was a lot of talk about an old project:  River Road Renaissance, […]

Nov. 11 holds two special meanings for Keizer’s Taylor

Nov. 11 holds two special meanings for Keizer’s Taylor

By LYNDON ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes Virgil Taylor celebrated his 98th birthday Tuesday in the Grace Chapel at Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community with other residents, being entertained by a performance of the Northwest Banjo Band. Taylor was born in Ohio on November 11, 1916, before it was known as Armistice Day or today’s Veterans Day. […]

The ending of an era

The ending of an era

In less than two months the Lore Christopher Era will come to end in Keizer. Her newly-elected successor, Cathy Clark, promises a steady hand that will continue and build on the successes of her predecessor. Mayor Christopher was Keizer’s first woman mayor and its longest serving—14 years when all is said and done. She leaves […]

Mark your ballot

Mark your ballot

It could not be easier for citizens to vote in Oregon elections. The ballots come in the mail to registered voters. The ballots can be returned through the mail or dropped off at convienent ballot sites outside the Keizer Civic Center (you don’t even have to get out of your vehicle) and at the U.S. […]

We vote for…

We vote for…

City Council, Position 5 Of the four seats on the Keizer City Council in next month’s general election, only one is contested: Amy Ripp is facing Matt Chappell to succeed Joe Egli for Position 5. Both candidates bring community involvement and service to their races. Chappell recently ended his tenure on the Keizer Planning Commission; […]

Where’s money for playground?

Where’s money for playground?

Less than a year ago the excitement in Keizer was palpable as kids and community leaders considered designs for the propossed big playground at Keizer Rapids Park. A New York-based consultant was hired at more than $30,000 to lead the community build task force in getting design input from the end-users of the playgrond—Keizer children. […]

Mural, mural on the wall

Mural, mural on the wall

Keizer’s first public mural on the western wall of Keizer Florist will be dedicated on Wednesday, Oct. 1. This will be what is promised to be the first of a number of murals that someday will decorate our community. The Keizer Art Association was instrumental in bringing the mural about. They cited the famed murals […]

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