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An equation for disaster?

An equation for disaster?

Americans have heard it more than once: “I’ll bet he is turning over in his grave,” when a matter occurs that we know would greatly upset a certain deceased person. I think of Alexander Hamilton when I think of a person from the past who’d likely be rolling over in his grave if such an […]

Honoring human dignity

Honoring human dignity

By MICHAEL GERSON It is one of fate’s cruel jokes that conservatism should be at its modern nadir just as the Republican Party is at its zenith—if conservatism is defined as embracing limited government, displaying a rational, skeptical and moderate temperament and believing in the priority of the moral order. All these principles are related, […]

Real news and real local

Real news and real local

By DON VOWELL Merry Christmas, Keizertimes. As a community we are lucky to have such a healthy and civic-minded weekly paper as a vital organ.  Our family has lived in Keizer for a little over 30 years.  By a sort of contented default we’ve slowly learned to believe this is home. And Keizertimes is our […]

Enough revenue, not enough backbone

Enough revenue, not enough backbone

From the Capitol By Bill Post As we come to Christmas, I greatly hesitate to write about politics in this column but feel I must address an important item with the upcoming 2017 legislative session. First of all, when it comes to the governor’s budget we need to remember it’s not a budget but rather […]

The green truck

The green truck

By REVEREND CURT McCORMACK It was the Christmas of 1952, I was 8 years old.  There was only one item on my Christmas list that year, it was a yellow scale model of a log truck made by the Toy Company.  It was about 18 inches long with the trailer retracted, almost thirty inches with the […]

Sanctuary cities an open door for problems

Sanctuary cities an open door for problems

Reactions to the election of Donald J. Trump are mixed. Nevertheless, one of his promises stands tall among hopes for this writer.  Trump the campaigner said he will block, on the day he enters the Oval Office, the immigration executive orders issue by the Obama administration.  This would be welcome news although cabinet members from Goldman Sachs and military hawks cause considerable alarm about follow-through from statements made […]

Fake news vs. junk news

Fake news vs. junk news

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The big “fake news” stories of 2016 were the polls. Most showed Donald Trump losing big in November, thus cable news ran countless renditions of the many ways Trump could not possibly win the necessary Electoral College vote. Getting the story utterly wrong should result in hand-wringing, hair-pulling and painful introspection in […]

What Donald Trump should read

What Donald Trump should read

By MICHAEL GERSON Whatever his other considerable achievements, our president-elect is not known for his broad reading in American history. But Donald Trump is about to enter that history. And in the spirit of new beginnings, he might view this as an opportunity to accumulate some inspiration, both for his inaugural address and his manner […]

We should be taking care of us first

We should be taking care of us first

Listening to any apostle of the refugees flooding our country, one learns that they want every American to invite these folks into their homes as guests for however long it takes for them to get settled here and find a job. The refugees, they argue, should be first in line to take any available jobs no matter the consequences to […]

Why virtual in a land of amazing beauty?

Why virtual in a land of amazing beauty?

Oregon provides the most lovely settings and beautiful landscapes for enjoying life in the whole natural world. Most of America is a feast for the eyes of those fortunate enough to live here. What causes me considerable wonder is why so many Oregonians, and other Americans throughout our land, find it necessary to alter their consciousness through use of drugs, […]

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