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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 […]

A helping hand

A helping hand

  By LYNDON ZAITZ Of the Keizertimes The telephone call came out of the blue. Late one evening in September Mike Smedema received a call from the family that had bought his house elsewhere in Keizer. The caller said they had been visited by a Japanese man with a bicycle looking for the Smedema family. […]

A million pennies

A million pennies

Does anyone reach down to pick up a penny anymore? In earlier days when a kid found a penny (or a nickle or a quarter)  it was like finding treasure. Nowadays an errant penny is passed over with nary a glance. One can only guess the value of all the pennies laying on the ground […]

Issue can show city is helping local businesses

Issue can show city is helping local businesses

In a divided vote at its July meeting the Keizer Public Arts Commission approved the placement of the depiction of a large diamond ring. In front of Sonic restaurant. In south Keizer. The ring art, created out of metal by the owners of Boucher Jewelers, was initially proposed to be installed in front of the […]

Building a patio, the Keizer way

Building a patio, the Keizer way

Keizer did it again. The city and committed volunteers worked together and the result was a new patio space that overlooks the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre at Keizer Rapids Park. Park neighbor and community volunteer Jerry Nuttbrock had an idea to add a patio potentially with barbecues and cooking stations. But first things first. Nuttbrock went […]

Moving our traffic

Moving our traffic

Anyone who has ever had their house remodeled understands that you have to live through the mess of tearing apart and building anew. It is just part of the process. City streets are no different. To have the clear, smooth roads we want the public needs to accept that means delays and detours. It is […]

The west is on fire

The west is on fire

The smoke that hung over western Oregon last week was just a small taste of what residents of eastern Oregon and central Washington have been living with for weeks now. The Grant County fires near John Day and Prairie City have destroyed more than 30 homes and many other structures such as barns. The fires […]

How do we replace Haggen?

How do we replace Haggen?

After a big announcement about its move into Keizer, then several days of remodeling, Haggen Food grocery opened its doors. The store went from stodgy to brighter and looser. Alas, it was not to last. Haggen’s Keizer store will close in October. It wasn’t anything Keizer shoppers did or didn’t do—it all has to do […]

A beautiful Blue day

A beautiful Blue day

Saturday, Aug. 22, will be a bright and sunny day. It will be beautiful not only weather-wise but because McNary High School will unveil its new artifical turf at Flesher Field during Blue Day. This will be the fourth Blue Day staged by the McNary High School Athletic Booster Club. The club has planned and […]

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