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One potato, two potato

One potato, two potato

It is shameful that a nation as rich and bountiful as the United States should have a hunger problem. No one, especially children, should go to bed hungry; no one should have to beg for food. Besides our people, the greatest resource we have is land. The Salem-Keizer School District should begin a program that […]

A sobering visit

A sobering visit

By LYNDON ZAITZ I went to Los Angeles last week for some sunshine and warmth. There wasn’t much of that but I did come away thoughtful. I wanted to visit several art museums that weekend but all had lines out the door due to free admission Saturday. I eschewed art and embraced history. My friend […]

The American Dream has not been stolen

The American Dream has not been stolen

By MICHAEL GERSON   There is one issue on which the whole ideological range of campaign 2016 seems to agree. “The American Dream is dead,” says Donald Trump. “For many, the American Dream has become a nightmare,” says Bernie Sanders. Even discounting for the apocalyptic mood of many candidates, this is a justified concern. A way […]

Teach teachers better than we are now

Teach teachers better than we are now

Governor Kate Brown informs us she will appoint an “education innovation officer.”   This appointee will have no clout but will have the backing of the two state-level education agencies and must possess ears the size of an elephant as this gubernatorial appointee will have as an assignment to listen to the state’s school district officials and members of the […]

Four stars of volunteerism

Four stars of volunteerism

The closest thing Keizer  has to an Oscars-style evening is the annual First Citizen and Awards Banquet staged by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce. Recepients of the 2015 awards were announced Saturday night and the committee that made the choices got it just right. Mark Caillier was named Keizer’s First Citizen to roaring applause and […]

Money makes politics crazy

Money makes politics crazy

By DON VOWELL I got a word of the day desk calendar for Christmas and today’s word is kakistocracy.  It is a combination of the Greek kakistos, superlative of kakos, which means “bad,” and the English suffix “-cracy” meaning form of government. Kakistocracy literally means government by the worst people.  Many of the calendar’s words […]

Buddy, can you spare $15 an hour?

Buddy, can you spare $15 an hour?

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Two years ago, Thumbtack—a startup that connects consumers with local contractors—conducted a survey to see what they thought of proposals to raise the federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, as per President Obama’s bid “to give America a raise.” The survey found that a plurality of the small businesses that […]

Stop coddling Malheur Refuge militia

Stop coddling Malheur Refuge militia

Any American with a child who wants that child to grow into a responsible, law-abiding adult knows that if the parent gives in to every demand of the child the consequence will be a monster. One does not need a college degree in psychology to figure out the result from a person raised with no […]

Too many families on the edge

Too many families on the edge

The stock market is having its worst January ever. Oil and gas prices are the lowest they have been in almost 10 years. Inflation is, for all purposes, in check. Unemployment is down to 5 percent as millions of jobs have been added in recent years. The economy as been in recovery for more than […]

GOP needs both Trump, Cruz to fall

GOP needs both Trump, Cruz to fall

By MICHAEL GERSON    The outbreak of hostilities between Donald Trump and Ted Cruz may not be edifying, but it is clarifying. Cruz represents the arrival of tea party ideology at the presidential level. He espouses a “constitutionalism” that would disqualify much of modern government, and a belief that Republican elites are badly, even mainly, […]

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