Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

K-9 program gets festival boost

K-9 program gets festival boost

To the Editor: Copper Creek Mercantile hosted the 2015 Crown the Hound event with the Iris Festival. Raffle tickets were sold and $2,500 of the proceeds was donated to the Keizer Police Department’s K-9 program. We thank the following retailers for selling tickets: Creekside Veterinary Clinc, Big Town Hero, The Cotton Patch, Keizer Sub Shop, […]

Chamber responds

Chamber responds

To the Editor: Keizer Chamber of Commerce is a working partnership of its businesses, citizens, government and community volunteers. Simply put, we work as a team to advance and develop jobs and economic good in the Keizer area. To see the headline in the May 15 Keizertimes (Chamber request gets no vote), and then to […]

Gun control is not an extreme view

Gun control is not an extreme view

To the Editor: I’m tired of being considered an extremist because I support gun control—major gun control.  Let me ask you, “Why do we even need guns?” There was a time when gun ownership made some sense— when people needed them to provide food or protection for themselves and their families or for the common […]

Endorsements for sale?

Endorsements for sale?

To the Editor: I find it very questionable that your newspaper ( and I use the word loosely ) endorsed Colleen Busch the same day that candidate purchased a half page advertisement. You also withheld an endorsement mailed to your staff on behalf of the other candidate. Did Mr. Stevenson need to take a half […]

Every opinion supported by web

Every opinion supported by web

By DON VOWELL In the 1950s it was announced that a vaccine had been found effective in preventing poliomyelitis.  Parents were relieved and widespread vaccination programs were begun.  I remember parading through the Whittier Elementary library with my classmates hoping I wouldn’t be the one to break down in tears. Mom and dad trusted government […]

Big Toy will change future of Keizer

Big Toy will change future of Keizer

By JANET CARLSON & LORE CHRISTOPHER The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park is about building our community and improving our children’s health. As a community, we are concerned about childhood obesity that has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents. The Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park will make possible healthy, active outdoor […]

Keeping a promise to those with PERS

Keeping a promise to those with PERS

Some Oregon newspaper writers have contracted ‘beat a dead horse’ syndrome.  Those among this group just cannot give up the effort to find fault for all the state’s problems in the retirement benefits earned by former public employees PERS retirees who worked long enough for the state of Oregon to have been vested.  What happened to deny those […]

Corporate irresponsibility over GMOs

Corporate irresponsibility over GMOs

By MICHAEL GERSON Pass any Chipotle these days—and it is my gastronomic preference to pass rather than enter—and you will see signs claiming credit for removing ingredients that contain GMOs (genetically modified organisms) from the menu. It is the first big chain to do so, and probably not the last. The business press has pronounced […]

The poor get a moment

The poor get a moment

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Will we regard poverty as a haunting national problem, or will the focus groups continue to tell politicians of all stripes to talk only about the middle class because mentioning the poor is politically toxic? Might the condition of low-income Americans galvanize religious people to see alleviating poverty and righting social […]

Keizer’s best foot

Keizer’s best foot

Keizer is celebrating all weekend long as Early Risers, the 2015 Iris Festival, kicks into gear with a variety of events and activities to please every family and every budget. Saturday morning the Valley Credit Service Iris Parade gets started at 10:30 a.m. at Lockhaven Drive and River Road. Parade entries will include a mix […]

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