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Lots of work, same result

Lots of work, same result

Every organization that conducted a charity drive this holiday season and every citizen that was able to help can feel good about themselves for reaching out and helping those in need in the community. But now some hard questions should be asked by all of us. Why, after decades of giving and billions of dollars […]

Councilors should see city

Councilors should see city

Once a quarter the Keizer City Council uses one of its work session meetings to take a tour of a different set of city parks. They see first-hand the parks, the amenities and get a report from the public works director about on-going or upcoming plans. The city councilors should take this idea out into […]

It was only a handshake

It was only a handshake

It was the handshake heard ‘round the world.  At the memorial service for Nelson Mandela President Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro.  It set ideologues teeth on edge and set the Twitter-verse afire. “How could Obama do that? It proves everything we’ve said about him all along.” Which is what, exactly? Some […]

Big schools, big money

Big schools, big money

If there were a prize to honor the most likely to KO his readers with entertaining sports stories, I’d expect John Canzano of The Oregonian to be among that heavyweight crown’s contenders.  Using artful language, Canzano deals with facts about players and games and, to my knowledge, avoids fiction. Nevertheless, a recent column by Canzano just may have been a work of fiction.  In an […]

Park toy inspires crowds

Park toy inspires crowds

Give the public what they want and they’ll embrace it in droves. It was heartening to see so many Keizer families attend the unveiling of the community build playground design last week at the civic center. Earlier in the day on Thursday, Nov. 14, Keizer Rapids Park Playground Project (KRP) task force members joined consultants […]

John Kennedy 50 years on

John Kennedy 50 years on

Many people of a certain age remember where they were when they heard of President John Kennedy’s assassination 50 years ago today, Nov. 22, 1963. The Kennedy adminstration and mystic was dubbed Camelot by an author and the moniker has stuck. It seems American fascination with President Kennedy, the Kennedy family and the assassination won’t […]

Gang violence

Gang violence

The current rise in gang-relatedviolence in Keizer must be addressed and stopped before it escalates further. McNary High School was locked down last week due to an off-campus assault that was too close to the school. Reports are heard of gang violence in the halls of the high school itself. The public should be concerned […]

Phillipine disaster help

Phillipine disaster help

Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Phillipines last week before it moved onto Vietnam. It is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the world. Scenes of wide swaths of devastation in Tacloban are heartbreaking. The death toll could reach into the many thousands. A way of life in the archipelago has been destroyed; […]

Playoff drought over

Playoff drought over

McNary High School’s varsity football playoff drought is over. The players of the 2013 team have shown they are a force to be reckoned with. Head Coach Isaac Parker and his staff have returned the McNary Celtics to the place as a post-season contender. Third in the conference, at the end of regular season play,  […]

A plan to transform Keizer

A plan to transform Keizer

There was a public hearing at this week’s Keizer City Council meeting regarding revisions to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The 90-plus page report from city staff is chock full of recommendations for the council to consider regarding managing expected growth over the next 20 years. The revision comes as a result of the recently completed […]

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