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Give talk a chance

Give talk a chance

A diplomatic plan, endorsed by Russia—based on an off-the-cuff remark by Secretary of State John Kerry—for control of Syria’s chemical weapons by the international community, should be the main course the Obama Administration should be taking. Any plan that takes U.S. military strikes in the Middle East (again) should be followed. A year ago President […]

BLAZING FORESTS

BLAZING FORESTS

McNary grads battle wild fires

Jump starting KPA project

Jump starting KPA project

Keizer Public Arts (KPA) will get a much-needed shot in the arm with the Keizer Chamber Foundation’s Pig in the Park fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 17. Pig in the Park will have a Hawaiian theme complete with live entertainment and a luau menu. The proceeds will benefit the programs of the Keizer Chamber Foundation, especially […]

The hard part of acting

The hard part of acting

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ What would you do if someone handed you a phone book and said, “Here, memorize this in one month.” That is the feeling when an actor is cast in a play by William Shakespeare. Sure the Bard wrote in English, but an English that few modern actors amateurs recognize. That’s the […]

Much ado about a free play

Much ado about a free play

What started out as a dream shared by a McNary High School teacher and one of her former students has yielded Keizer’s own theater group which is currently in its second season. Keizer Homegrown Theatre (KHT), established by Linda Baker, a teacher at McNary who ran the drama department for years, and Evan Christopher, who […]

Avoid wrong perception

Avoid wrong perception

Elected city officials should not chair organizations that have business before the city councilor, or solicit donations from businesses that may have business with the city. That’s why City Council President Joe Egli should step down as chairman of the 2014 Keizer Iris Festival. Some would say that Egli could recuse  himself on any votes […]

Drugs in our neighborhood

Drugs in our neighborhood

Police Chief Marc Adams has never passed up the opportunity to tell citizens that Keizer is in the center of the drug trail that starts in Mexico. For anyone who has not taken his words seriously, he is backed up by a comprehensive investigative report, Under the Curse of Cartels, appearing this week in The […]

Grow but save farmlands

Grow but save farmlands

The importance of agriculture in our area is apparent the moment one drives a few miles north or east of Keizer—especially in the summer months. Thousands of acres of prime farm land is bursting with the crops of the season, berries, nuts, wheat and many other products. Marion County offers consumers the world over a […]

A wealth of talent

A wealth of talent

Last November, five people sought election to three Keizer city council seats. This week, seven candidates offered themselves up for appointment to a vacant seat. All seven made good cases for their appointment. In the end the council voted to name Kim Freeman to the seat vacated by Ken LeDuc. Freeman will be a great […]

A barking success

A barking success

The Keizer Rapids Off-Leash Dog Park is celebrating its fifth anniversary this season. And what a success it has been and continues to be. Before Keizer Rapids Park was created there was no place in the city to let your dog run leash-free except your backyard. When planning for the park was underway the idea […]

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