Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

Nix tow trucks in neighborhoods

Nix tow trucks in neighborhoods

The Keizer City Council should reject the call to allow tow trucks to be parked overnight in residential neighborhoods. A proposal to allow tow trucks to be parked in front of the homes of drivers in the nighttime hours was presented to the council earlier this year by Jeff Asher, a co-owner of BC Towing. […]

Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day

It is now less than a month to Lemonade Day in Keizer and Salem. So far more than 700 area kids have signed up to become entrepeuners on May 4 with their own lemonade stands. Lemonade Day started in Houston in 2007 and has grown to more than 100 cities across the country. The project […]

Support Jensen for District 25

Support Jensen for District 25

To the Editor: I  have known Barbara Jensen for more than 10 years. Barbara’s personal experience in both private and public business settings and her strong ability to listen and communicate effectively, combine to make her an ideal candidate. Barbara has strong traditional values including support of traditional marriage and a pro-life stance on abortion, […]

Slowly chipping at democracy

Slowly chipping at democracy

By DON VOWELL We are witnessing the slow but steady suffocation of American democracy. The five Republican-appointed Supreme Court Justices relentlessly shift our economic might toward those with extreme wealth and to giant corporations.  First they decided that corporations are people and now have ruled that money is speech. The Constitution they claim to revere […]

Good writing can be long or short

Good writing can be long or short

Whether by electronic or traditional means, a lot of Americans still read books.  It caught my fancy recently, since I like to read, when the editors of The American Scholar magazine selected their 10 best sentences, some short, some in the long sentences’ style of the prolific American writer, James Fenimore Cooper.  Here are the seven editors’ choices: “Its vanished trees, […]

How our city is looking

How our city is looking

Spring has arrived after a wet and cold winter here in Keizer. It is time for spring cleaning not in our own homes but also in the city. The winter season always leaves its mark—freezing temperatures and driving rains play havoc on everything, especially our streets. Our streets are not the only thing looking less […]

How the Keizer Park Foundation accepts donations

How the Keizer Park Foundation accepts donations

To the Editor: The March 28 Keizertimes article on the Big Toy may have left readers with a mistaken understanding of how the Keizer Parks Foundation accepts donations and grants. Fortunately, we have had the opportunity to clarify this with the Keizer Rotary Foundation and welcome the opportunity to explain it to a wider audience: The […]

I support Barbara Jensen

I support Barbara Jensen

To the Editor: Barbara Jensen has been a close friend for the last 10 years. She embodies so many qualities that would make for a great state representative, but I feel the characteristic that holds the most weight for me is trust. Over the years, her consistency, resolve and dedication to work and causes that […]

Student debt will bury next generation

Student debt will bury next generation

There’s a story about financing a college education you might like: I knew this kid who was able to pay his way through college by working summer jobs and some, too, during the academic year, but not enough to keep him from investing in study time sufficient to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in four years.  Thereafter he was hired as a high school […]

Keep the ‘creative’ in creative writing

Keep the ‘creative’ in creative writing

By SHELBY STROUT In today’s school system, teachers are switching out the fictional writing to fulfill the standard of formal writing. Whether it is an analytical essay on a classic piece of literature or an inferential discussion about a non-fiction article, students are hard pressed to a strict, realistic writing regime. This year I was […]

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