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Persuade the community

Persuade the community

Mayor Cathy Clark and some city councilors say they will hold community conversation meetings this year to get a sense of what Keizer’s citizens want and what they may be willing to pay for. Last month’s budget committee meetings got heated over the issue of adding one officer to the police force. Witnesses and some […]

Mother

Mother

By LYNDON ZAITZ We have a two billion-way tie for the best mother in the world. With few exceptions everyone is certain that their mother is the most loving, kindest, funniest, prettiest and smartest mom in the world. We all love our mothers. Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. Doesn’t it seem […]

Christine Dieker

Christine Dieker

Christine Dieker’s last day as executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce was April 28. She retired after more than 17 years as the manager and the public face of the chamber. The Keizer business community was always her focus. She was a vocal advocate of Keizer and its businesses as any one. The […]

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 […]

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