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Trade and tariffs could define future

Trade and tariffs could define future

There has been talk during this year’s presidential campaigns about free trade and trade protections. If American people are inclined to look to the past they will find that during the latter years of the 1800s, the U.S. was viewed as possibly the most protectionist nation on earth. The most notable industrialists of that age, often referred to as the […]

Iris festival and its future

Iris festival and its future

Diamond in the Rough, the 2016 Keizer Iris Festival, kicked off earlier this month with the opening of the Keizer Art Association’s Iris and the Flowers exhibit including the art piece chosen for the 2017 festival (Merren Garland’s Total Eclipse of the Heart) on display through May 28. The Keizer Volunteer Fire Fighters Association held […]

Deal with the devil

Deal with the devil

By MICHAEL GERSON  In the category of credit where credit is due, Donald Trump has been exactly right in one important respect. He attacked the Republican establishment as low-energy, cowering weaklings. Now Republican leaders are lining up to surrender to him—ike low-energy, cowering weaklings. The capitulation has justified the accusation. It would be impolite to name […]

Being grateful at all times

Being grateful at all times

By CRAIG MURPHY There were no signs of the house. Is that a good omen or a bad omen? That question was going through my mind as I saw the field where the burned out house sat last time I was here, 10 months earlier. Looking at the field, you would never know there used […]

Politicans and the city budget

Politicans and the city budget

To the Editor: Sometimes politicians can drive me crazy. During a recent budget committee meeting one position in the police department was not filled and we are told the problem is Keizer has such a low tax rate. Then we are told how the city has “stretched, matched, leveraged, granted and volunteered tremendously” and the […]

Police? Parks? How about both

Police? Parks? How about both

Parks or police? What should be the focus of Keizer’s city government? At recent completed Budget Committee meetings the call for adding at least one cop position to the Keizer Police Department was loud and clear. Also loud and clear was the call for better funding of the city’s 19 parks. A vast majority of […]

Free speech is not up for debate

Free speech is not up for debate

By now I’m sure you are all aware that an election is just around the corner. Hopefully you’ve registered to vote and may have received your ballot in the mail already. I have been out putting up a lot of lawn signs and I know I’m not the only one—you can hardly drive a block […]

The good news; the bad news

The good news; the bad news

I slowly study the newspaper each morning. Here’s what I learned today: • The featured national crisis of the day was worry over who you might meet in a public bathroom. In my first 67 years I’ve been spared a traumatic event in any public restroom.  Well, actually, there was Japan.  I was shocked to […]

Strategy: Speak. Repeat. Repeat again

Strategy: Speak. Repeat. Repeat again

Any Keizerite who watched the GOP debates may remember that Donald Trump quite often used nicknames on his competitors. He referred to Marco Rubio as “Little Marco,” Jeb Bush as “Low Energy Jeb,” “One in 41” for Kasich and, and for his biggest obstacle, “Lying Ted” for Ted Cruz, among other derogatory labels he pinned on those […]

Mother

Mother

By LYNDON ZAITZ We have a two billion-way tie for the best mother in the world. With few exceptions everyone is certain that their mother is the most loving, kindest, funniest, prettiest and smartest mom in the world. We all love our mothers. Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. Doesn’t it seem […]

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