Archive for the Category ‘Columns’

Good fences make good neighbors

Good fences make good neighbors

By RHONDA RICH You may ask after reading the article in last week’s Keizertimes, (Council clears buffer in KRP plan, Dec. 5), why is there so much talk about the “good neighbor buffer” at Keizer Rapids Park? I would like to clarify the reason for the request from the West Keizer Neighborhood Association in regards […]

The responsibility of the majority

The responsibility of the majority

“The minority is always aware of who they are in the presence of the majority.” – Mat Johnson I was at a writer’s conference in Seattle earlier this year when Johnson, an author, imparted that bit of wisdom upon a room packed full of writers seeking a deeper understanding of how to treat those who […]

Whose recipe for American greatness?

Whose recipe for American greatness?

Entertainment happened for me the other day while reading letters to the editor from another newspaper. The letter writer was, perhaps facetiously, commenting that his best advice to the Democratic party on what their proper candidate for president should be is that he or she “should love the Constitution, the free enterprise system, traditional family values, a powerful […]

Shrinking the epidemic map

Shrinking the epidemic map

By MICHAEL GERSON My college roommate—the most immediately likable person I’ve ever met, a man who would now be such a present to the world—died of AIDS at the age of 30. Back then, people with the disease did not so much die as fade, becoming gaunt and ghostly images of themselves, as the virus […]

Rioting to make a point about race, police

Rioting to make a point about race, police

Are only the American soldiers able to use their weapons stationed overseas?  You’d think so after that highly disturbing night of looting local businesses and burning them to the ground in Ferguson, Mo.What a way to treat your neighbors, those just trying to make a living who had nothing to do with the death of the African-American teenager. In the meantime, Missouri’s […]

How to get past political impasses

How to get past political impasses

A Box of Soap by Don Vowell A foundation of gratitude and hope supports all that happens between now and the New Year. As viewed against the national climate of calamity and dire prediction it’s an optimism hard to justify.  Where change is possible there can be hope.  Since change is the one constant in […]

Action is not amnesty or citizenship

Action is not amnesty or citizenship

We now know that President Obama’s new immigration policy is not amnesty or a way for people to avoid deportation any more than it is automatic citizenship.  Rather, it is work authorization that will not provide social welfare benefits but will allow employers to continue to exploit immigrant labor. It will build on the existing Deferred Action for […]

Thank a politician today

Thank a politician today

By E.J. DIONNE JR. It’s a mistake to be nostalgic for some golden age in politics when everyone was nice to each other. Such a time never existed. Still, this is a particularly rotten moment to be an elected official, and especially a member of Congress, a body whose ratings are even lower than those […]

The Big But

The Big But

By MICHAEL GERSON Following President Obama’s ambitious executive order on immigration — not unprecedented in subject matter but unprecedented in scope and ambition—we are left to pick through the wreckage of law and precedent. Obama’s action was a substitute for legislation—imposed precisely because legislation he favored did not pass. So what issues might have been […]

People control

People control

To the Editor: It’s a shame that more people don’t realize that violent crimes are committed by people and not inanimate objects.  Knives, firearms, blunt objects, and motor vehicles do not commit violent acts. People commit violent acts.  Until this is understood and until society and our justice system deal effectively with the people who […]

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