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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 […]

Trust him?

Trust him?

It is hard to ignore Donald Trump. It is foolhardy to think that in the end cooler heads will prevail and his presidential candidacy will collapse under the weight of his positions and pronouncements. While Republican establishment candidates try to gain traction for their campaigns, the Trump juggernaut continues to grow. The people who attend […]

Safety begins at home

Safety begins at home

The happiest time of the year can quickly turn dark if our home is struck by fire. During the holidays there is more cooking over the weeks of the season. Holiday decorations often include candles. We may use stand-alone room heaters during the cold nights. Christmas trees may call for extra electrical cords. All of […]

Is it free enterprise or defacing of public property?

Is it free enterprise or defacing of public property?

A business is going about Keizer neighborhoods painting address numbers on the curb in front of houses. A flyer is left at the door by a person calling themselves an Address America Indpendent agent. The flyer asks for a $5 ‘donation’ to have the house number painted on the front curb as a security service. […]

Young talent does Keizer proud

Young talent does Keizer proud

By this time those who live for sales have waited in the dark for doors at local malls and stores to open so they could rush forth and grab their own “must have” item for this holiday gift giving season. Those who don’t want to hassle with the crowds might migrate to e-commerce and order […]

Show rationale for new district

Show rationale for new district

Everyone likes parks, but not everyone uses parks on a frequent and regular basis. Parks do add to the quality of life of a city. Keizer has 19 parks from pocket parks to the jewel—Keizer Rapids Park. There has been talk for several years now about how to fund our parks. By necessity the parks […]

Pay attention to the common man and woman

Pay attention to the common man and woman

In his classic play, Death of a Salesman, one of Arthur Miller’s characters said of protagonist Willie Loman: “Attention must be paid to this man.” Years before that was written American composer Aaron Copeland wrote a piece called Fanfare for the Common Man. Our government and big business leaders would do well to heed thost […]

After the UCC shootings

After the UCC shootings

The tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg has whipped up the gun control discussion in America. Again. The discussion gets heated after every mass shooting. Some want to enact gun control laws that outline who can purchase a gun and how a gun is sold. Some say that any effort to slap more […]

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