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Summer distractions

Summer distractions

This summer the nation seems to be going crazy—mass murders, killing of cops, shootings of African-Americans that has intensifed the battle between Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. It makes a Keizerite want to turn off the news and revel in life here in our little corner of the world. We […]

A poor choice of words

A poor choice of words

To the Editor: During the last budget meeting Mayor Cathy Clark stated that “there needs to be an ‘honest’ conversation about what type of community we want.” Now this week the mayor is quoted in the Keizertimes saying, “we need to have a ‘grown up’ conversation about our tax rate.” The mayor is also quoted […]

Stuck between the political extremes

Stuck between the political extremes

I switched my voter registration to ‘non-affiliated’ several years ago.  I have felt less affiliated every year since, feeling stranded in what I suspect is a vast pool of voters abandoned between the ideological rigidity of the extreme left and the extreme right. It looks like we will be asked in the November presidential election […]

Mike Pence is a sign of Trump’s weakness

Mike Pence is a sign of Trump’s weakness

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Donald Trump’s selection of Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate is just what everyone is saying it is: a safe, traditional choice. Pence won’t hurt Trump too much and may help him with Republican politicians and some conservatives. But the pick is also—and more importantly—something else: a sign of […]

Leaders needed to keep US safe, secure

Leaders needed to keep US safe, secure

Should there be a hint of nervousness even in the most stalwart American heart nowadays, it may have something to do with the fact that another crazed Muslim extremist drove a big truck through a large crowd in Nice, France, murdering 84 persons and harming multiple others. France has become a dangerous place where already hundreds of lives have been lost to […]

Those who disagree are not enemies

Those who disagree are not enemies

The murder of five police officers in downtown Dallas, Texas by a frustrated and radical former Army Reserve private is tragic. The officers were patrolling a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest after police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Though every police officer takes their lives into their hands each time they don the uniform and […]

Men of Keizer and Rotary volunteers

Men of Keizer and Rotary volunteers

To the Editor: I’d like to thank several members of Keizer service groups for their volunteer help over the 4th of July weekend at Antique Powerland. Two groups assisted: Keizer Rotary and Men of Action (a Keizer Chamber of Commerce group). Members who volunteered were: Betty Hart and Alex Miller (and son) from Rotary Club […]

America needs smart law enforcement

America needs smart law enforcement

By JOHN TEAGUE The July 7 events in Dallas, Texas can’t help but evoke something. I’m not especially given to sadness or grief; I have another, rather undefined emotion, and I hear other cops who share mine: it’s akin to consternation mixed with a bit of dread, and not so much for us cops as […]

Trump has credibility on NATO remarks

Trump has credibility on NATO remarks

The world’s largest military alliance met in Warsaw last week.  The largest agenda item was money. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been pushing long and hard for more spending by its members. Just last year, the alliance increased defense spending for the first time in 20 years. However, the fly in the organization’s machinery is […]

Put a market at transit center

Put a market at transit center

There have been several attempts in the past to bring a farmers market to Keizer. The last iteration was at Chalmers Jones Park—behind the Keizer Civic Center. That space is very nice public square but it is behind the center. There is a better space to try a market again, one that would be highly […]

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