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A field doesn’t make us competitive where it counts

A field doesn’t make us competitive where it counts

Reflections from personal experience remind this writer that high school principals too often are first and foremost jocks or wanna-be jocks while the academic-minded among their number are small in comparison.  Those memories were most recently brought to mind by a local turf battle between he who seeks to spend a whole lot of precious school dollars on an artificial football playing surface and another who’d like […]

McNary multi-purpose field benefits all

McNary multi-purpose field benefits all

By JOHN HONEY I would like to respond to Mr. Zaitz’s editorial “Even the Playing Field” in the May 2 Keizertimes. First I would like to clarify and correct some of the information presented and then share why this project is an excellent investment of time, energy and, yes, finances, for our entire community. First […]

Donald Sterling is no victim of racism

Donald Sterling is no victim of racism

By ERIC A. HOWALD Jason is one of the few people I remember from my grade school days. I remember him because he was the first African American student in the same grade and same classroom as me. This was in the late 1980s when I was growing up in the suburbs of St. Louis, […]

Campaigns ignore the people

Campaigns ignore the people

By DON VOWELL Let’s entertain a fantasy.  Let’s keep 2014 election campaigning limited to issues.  There are enough things to fix that we should not accept the dumbhead partisan attacks as legitimate campaigning.  The trouble with politicians is that they treat everything politically.  We need some statesmen. There was a wonderful piece by David Sirota […]

Sterling should not lose his team

Sterling should not lose his team

Should readers have accepted the prevailing conventional wisdom on the case of Donald T. Sterling, they may not wish to read any further because this columnist takes exception to it.  I disagree with what the Clippers’ owner had to say in his prejudicial rant, but I do not agree with the punishments the NBA has decided […]

Racism and affirmative action

Racism and affirmative action

There are at least three matters over which absolute resolution is unlikely ever to come.  One would have to be the sadness—even profound grief—we feel over the loss of a loved one.  The second is reluctance to pay taxes even when a solid case is presented showing the universal benefits to all by their collection.  The […]

We get the kind of government we vote for

We get the kind of government we vote for

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL Last time I wrote here about the flood of money that is drowning out any remaining citizens’ voice in federal elections. This week I’m wondering what it would take to learn more about the candidates running for the Oregon House District 25 seat. Elections at the most local […]

Nevada showdown: all hat, no cattle

Nevada showdown: all hat, no cattle

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his well-armed supporters forced the well-armed federal government to back down and return Bundy’s seized cows — which were seized because Bundy, 67, stopped paying grazing fees in 1993. How does anyone get the government to back down? At first blush, Bundy seemed to have […]

Has the US become an oligarchy?

Has the US become an oligarchy?

You may have noticed in newspaper editorials and on Sunday morning talk shows that pundits are claiming the U.S. is no longer a democracy.  Rather, that our nation has become an oligarchy. New research findings announced at the Princeton University website inform us that the economic elites and organized groups representing U.S. business interests have managed to bring about substantial impacts on our government […]

Nevada showdown: all hat, no cattle

Nevada showdown: all hat, no cattle

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy and his well-armed supporters forced the well-armed federal government to back down and return Bundy’s seized cows — which were seized because Bundy, 67, stopped paying grazing fees in 1993. How does anyone get the government to back down? At first blush, Bundy seemed to have […]

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