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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, […]

Wish list

Wish list

Sadly, the 2015 holiday season is slowing ebbing away. The Christmas gifts have been opened, the wrapping recycled and the tree is beginning to look a little forlorn. The time between Christmas and New Year’s Day is spent by many looking forward to the coming 12 months, some people make resolutions (and stick to them). […]

Every tradition is important

Every tradition is important

By LYNDON ZAITZ I don’t mind that the holiday season began months ago. Some decry the Christmas displays in various retail stores, starting as early as August or September. “It starts earlier every year!” some exclaim. Others repeat the new saw: “The holidays have become too commercialized.” Yeah, well…bah humbug on those sentiments.The holidays come […]

Security over privacy

Security over privacy

We have all been horrified by scenes of carnage in places not much different than Keizer. Mass shootings have occured in such varied cities as San Bernardino, Newton, Colorado Springs and  Aurora. It doesn’t matter if the killings are a result of mental health, political or religious issues. The killings have occured in places local […]

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