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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 […]

New hand on the gavel

New hand on the gavel

For a the first time in 14 years a new hand will be holding the gavel at Keizer City Council meetings. By most measures Cathy Clark is the most prepared and most experienced person to ever take the oath of that office. Clark and three councilors will be sworn on Monday night’s meeting. Of those […]

What will new year bring?

What will new year bring?

What amazing or tragic events  will 2015 bring to the world? Two thousand fourteen has been a year of challenges for people throughout the world—Syrians, Ukrainians, Russians, west Africans, the middle class in America and victims of violence anywhere in the world. At year’s end we were distracted by a tinpot dictator’s rant about a […]

Chemawa project done right

Chemawa project done right

The project to improve Chemawa Road from River Road westward to Keizer Rapids Park was to have been completed in 2012. All good things come in their own time—the project is now completed. Both sides of the road now feature wide, safe sidewalks, bioswales filled with native plants and trees. The best addition of all […]

Extend the joy to new year

Extend the joy to new year

Peace on earth and goodwill to men. It’s a sentiment found in many Christmas cards being exchanged around the world this month. The call for treating our fellow man with tolerance, respect and love fades too quickly when we enter a new year. Peace on earth begins with each of us. Individually we can bring […]

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, […]

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