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Patience is not a virtue vs. terror

Patience is not a virtue vs. terror

By MICHAEL GERSON In his address to the nation on terrorism, President Obama warned against “tough talk.” On this, at least, no one can accuse him of hypocrisy. In the aftermath of recent attacks, Obama perfunctorily ticked off a series of inputs: airstrikes, arming and training Iraqi and Syrian forces, cooperating with allies on counterterrorism […]

I never want to see my dentist again

I never want to see my dentist again

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL All I got for Christmas was a new front tooth. So far. Actually I needed only to replace a chunk that broke out on the back side of the tooth.  It takes the discipline of a Zen Master to keep your tongue from ceaselessly probing, massaging, and exploring […]

A new president will deal with ISIL

A new president will deal with ISIL

Reported of late is that 50 fighters join ISIL every day, including an unknown number of Americans. It’s surmised that the fighter ranks of ISIL total 30,000. Anyone can do the math to determine how many will be added to the ISIL ranks in a year’s time the 50-per-day rate continues, but it’s rather doubtful that the number […]

Heroin: an issue that needs light

Heroin: an issue that needs light

By CRAIG MURPHY As we enter into the holiday season, we have been running a Chasing Dark series of stories here in the Keizertimes about drugs. Pretty crappy timing, no? Actually, no. Brandon Crist was just 22 years old when he overdosed on heroin in late September. His death was a key factor in doing […]

Water will be Oregon’s #1 issue soon

Water will be Oregon’s #1 issue soon

It is that wonderful time of year when we stop and give thanks for all that we are blessed with as individuals, families, a state and a nation.  I am so thankful for my family, my friends and the wonderful people of Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg who make up House District 25.  I am […]

The United States of Contradictions

The United States of Contradictions

By E.J. DIONNE JR.      WASHINGTON — With election year a month away, American politics is caught up in tensions, ironies, and a certain amount of sheer madness.      On the one hand: The U.S. economy is a marvel, driven forward by technological innovation, the promises of Big Data and Advanced Manufacturing, a relative independence […]

When hope begins

When hope begins

By MICHAEL GERSON      WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s offenses against taste, tolerance and truthfulness are coming so fast that it is hard to pick out individual cases. But let’s linger on his recent foray into Christian theology.      During a speech in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Trump pronounced Ben Carson’s story of conversion from violent troublemaker to […]

The Trump effect, still understated

The Trump effect, still understated

By MICHAEL GERSON    The presidential candidate who has consistently led the Republican field for four months, Donald Trump, has proposed: forcibly expel 11 million people from the country, requiring a massive apparatus of enforcement, courts and concentration camps; rewrite or reinterpret the 14th Amendment to end the Civil War-era Republican principle of birthright citizenship; […]

Head wins over heart regarding refugees

Head wins over heart regarding refugees

Divided as we Americans are over President Obama’s plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees by next year, there are many other concerns we share.  Primarly because there may be Jihadist terrorists among those seeking safety and they will die without hesitation for their cause due to the promise of heavenly rewards. The terrorists are dedicated to destroying America as they see us […]

The marketplace chooses winners

The marketplace chooses winners

By JOHN MORGAN I am a specialist in community development working with cities all over the state. I also served as Keizer’s Community Develpoment Director from 1990 through 1998. I have some particular understanding in both how corporations make location decisions and in how local government operates. Therefore, I finally have to step in to […]

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