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U.S. can’t solve Shia-Sunni conflict

U.S. can’t solve Shia-Sunni conflict

Long ago and far away, Muhammad, Islam’s founder and author of the Koran, passed away.  That year was 632 A.D.  Two factions formed almost immediately.  “One who follows the traditions of the Prophet” was the Sunni mantra; they wanted Muhammad’s closest friend and advisor to succeed him.  The Shia or “people of the household of the Prophet,” sought a Muhammad family member to […]

Keep it legal, keep it safe on the 4th

Keep it legal, keep it safe on the 4th

The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to keep itl legal and keep it safe when using fireworks. The 2014 Oregon fireworks sales season opened this week and runs through Sunday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners […]

An educational use for pasture?

An educational use for pasture?

In the 1980s we Americans were reminded by a national leader, then-House Speaker Tip O’Neill, that “All politics is local.”  A corollary of sorts to that fact is that personal opinion on local matters often trumps everything else on the advantages of selecting the right place to call “home.” As anyone can attest from the traffic increase, Keizer is evermore frequently called “home” these days.  And, like fellow […]

Conventional wisdom is neither

Conventional wisdom is neither

Two weeks have passed and wisdom still hasn’t arrived.  My parents’ generation has been called “The Greatest Generation.” Do you suppose wisdom enabled them to produce 30 years’ unparalleled expansion of middle class wealth and opportunity?  I can’t remember my parents being actively engaged in national or global politics, or being expected to.  Did they […]

Community colleges’ lost mission

Community colleges’ lost mission

By Gene McIntyre There are public education entities that have proven themselves tried and true over the years of Oregon’s statehood, getting underway well over a century ago in 1859.  First and foremost, it has been and remains fundamentally important that our children learn how to read, write and work numbers and the public elementary school, usually grades […]

The hero and the bad guys

The hero and the bad guys

By SUSAN ESTRICH Last week, Bowe Bergdahl was a hero, and the five members of the Taliban being freed in exchange for him were the worst of the worst. By the end of the week, it seemed that neither is actually true. The parade in Bergdahl’s Idaho hometown was canceled. Four of the five aren’t […]

What has become of wisdom?

What has become of wisdom?

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL Each day I expect to answer the bell and find wisdom on my doorstep, ready to move in.  With age was supposed to come wisdom.  Age has found me and is comfortably settled in but wisdom is somewhere delayed. “Many persons might have attained to wisdom had they […]

The most important day was the longest

The most important day was the longest

There were 36,525 days in the 20th century.  Which one stands out to you as most important?  My choice is “The Longest Day.” Arguably, one day among all the days in previous centuries can be singled out as most important. Some would say of the 1800s, for example, that it was July 3, 1863, and the Battle of Gettysburg.  In the 1700s, it’d have […]

The project that never starts?

The project that never starts?

So the Big Toy is being delayed. Again. It’s embarrassing, sad…and yet so predictable. Clint Holland has been vocal in his opposition to the delay, with the main concern being the 3,000 children who helped design the play structure were promised last fall the structure would be built this September. During the May 13 Keizer […]

We cannot forget we are still at war

We cannot forget we are still at war

By CAMERON SMITH Every day I feel privileged to serve as the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. After three tours in Iraq as a Marine, I find great strength and solace in continuing to serve our military and veterans’ community. At the same time, I am humbled by the mission at hand. […]

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