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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 […]

Paper’s endorsement is puzzling

Paper’s endorsement is puzzling

By GREG EGO While I support the right of the Keizertimes to endorse candidates for local elections, I believe you got it wrong for Keizer Fire District Position 4. Betty Hart is the better choice to lead the fire district with her considerable knowledge of how it operates. I am curious that there was no […]

Seeking mutual respect amid conflict

Seeking mutual respect amid conflict

By MICHAEL GERSON The sign of a first-rate intelligence, according to F. Scott Fitzgerald, is “the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” When it comes to Islam and blasphemy, many Americans are having trouble accepting even consistent ones. Under the law, […]

Ohio’s Kasich is best candidate in 2016

Ohio’s Kasich is best candidate in 2016

Any natural-born citizen of the United States who has reached the age of 35 years can be president.  President Obama, limited to two terms, must leave the highest political office in the land with a new American taking his place in January, 2017. So far the Democrats have only two who’ve declared their intentions to run—Hillary Clinton and […]

A less conservative America

A less conservative America

By E.J. DIONNE JR. If Republicans are baffled by Hillary Clinton’s persistent lead in the polls despite months of bad publicity, they need only examine the tensions on display in their party over the last few days. It would be hard to conceive of a worse stretch for Clinton than a period that began with […]

The intricate knot of urban poverty

The intricate knot of urban poverty

By MICHAEL GERSON Police and prisons are the successful answer to a rather narrow question: Can overwhelming force and routine incarceration bring temporary order to impoverished and isolated urban communities? Baltimore in the early 2000s answers in the affirmative. By 2005, a city of about 600,000 people recorded more than 100,000 arrests. Violent crime declined […]

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