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Boost academics

Boost academics

Athletics at McNary High School has a club of boosters—a non-profit organization comprised mainly of parents of the students who play sports. The choir and band programs also have organized boosters. Boosters not only support the programs but are also a big source of fund raising. Athletics and arts should be supported and boosted. We […]

Don, this is what we’re afraid of

Don, this is what we’re afraid of

To the Editor: Re: Don Vowell’s Feb. 10 column, What are we afraid of?: I’m afraid because Fukushima has poisoned our ocean and the problem isn’t going away. Our fish and all life in our ocean is now contaminated.  We are breathing this and I saw pictures of the seals, salmon and other fish with […]

What is needed to jumpstart economic development in city?

What is needed to jumpstart economic development in city?

From the Mayor’s Desk The editorial in last week’s paper, Call it a day for the EDC (Economic Development Commission) reflects thoughts I have had for a while. And I agree that a re-think of the city role in promoting economic development, particularly in the context of our Economic Opportunities Analysis in the Comprehensive Plan, […]

Travel bans, Arrival and Mr. Rogers

Travel bans, Arrival and Mr. Rogers

By ERIC A. HOWALD I’ve lost track of how many times the counters on the digital cameras I use as part of my job have reset themselves, and the cameras only reset after 10,000 pictures. Most of those pictures will never – thankfully – see the light of day and the few I do remember […]

Sanctuary cities are not a solve-all

Sanctuary cities are not a solve-all

Immigration, immigrants, refugees, green cards, and illegals have often found their way into topics of discussion. Whether or not in each case the individual or group of individuals found acceptance or rejection had a lot to do with their point of origin. A welcome mat for western Europeans while the door is mostly shut for Asians. My third generation Scotch-American father entered […]

Call it a day for EDC

Call it a day for EDC

Is it time to put a stake through the heart of the city’s Economic Development Commission? The commission, established by the Keizer City Council in 2014, has not met on its original quarterly schedule; many times there are up to five members absent from sessions. This is no way to run a city commission. The […]

The best aren’t getting the best

The best aren’t getting the best

To the Editor: The trophies awarded at tournaments hosted by Oregon Wrestling Association don’t reflect the titles the winners earned as champions. The recent OWA tournament I attended with  my wrestler was the Oregon Kids Folkstyle Championships. The first- and second-place trophies were simple plaques with no information such as weight class. Also, OWA didn’t […]

What are we afraid of?

What are we afraid of?

What are you afraid of?  Many of us feel over-taxed and under-protected by our government so first we should learn the real threats to our country before deciding where to invest in increased safety. If safety means not dying then we should also know the causes of death in America.  Center for Disease Control (CDC) […]

Are we ready for the way Trump governs?

Are we ready for the way Trump governs?

Referring to Stephen Bannon as President Bannon, as in president of the United States, is quickly being viewed as no joke. Many among us are concerned (extremely concerned is more like it) that the man elected to be POTUS has already morphed into the guy called in from Breitbart to direct Donald Trump in every Oval Office decision he […]

Divergent paths

Divergent paths

Sixty is the new forty.  Sixty-eight is not.  It’s just old.  I am still younger than our newly elected President.  It is a time for introspection. How is it that Donald Trump became a self-professed billionaire president instead of me? It is petty of me to point out that he had a several million dollar […]

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