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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 […]

Four stars of volunteerism

Four stars of volunteerism

The closest thing Keizer  has to an Oscars-style evening is the annual First Citizen and Awards Banquet staged by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. Recepients of the 2015 awards were announced Saturday night and the committee that made the choices got it just right. Mark Caillier was named Keizer’s First Citizen to roaring applause and […]

Too many families on the edge

Too many families on the edge

The stock market is having its worst January ever. Oil and gas prices are the lowest they have been in almost 10 years. Inflation is, for all purposes, in check. Unemployment is down to 5 percent as millions of jobs have been added in recent years. The economy as been in recovery for more than […]

Oregon in the national news

Oregon in the national news

Three months after the nation’s media flooded Roseburg after the Umpqa Community College shooting, they are back for another story that is getting national attention: occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge by  members of a self-proclaimed citizen militia. Bad news always leads the news, that’s a given. For a state the size of Oregon […]

Marketplace will decide wages

Marketplace will decide wages

Increasing the minimum wage and income inequality will continue to dominate the news in 2016. It is expected that income inequality will take center stage during the presidential nominating and general election campaigns. Income inequality is not something that will be corrected by protests in the street; it would take systemic changes in tax laws, […]

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