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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 […]

Earth Day should be every day

Earth Day should be every day

Earth Day occurred on April 22.  Considering the fact that the human population is going about spoiling every facet of our one place to live in the whole universe-—other than the International Space Station—it’d be in our best interest to recognize and do something about saving our unique world, every day of our lives.  The […]

Representing means respecting others

Representing means respecting others

From the Capitol By Bill Post As you probably already know, here in the Oregon Legislature, there are two political parties, one of which is in a “supermajority” in the Senate and one shy of “super majority” in the House.  That means we (Republicans) can’t really move a whole lot of bills we’d like to, […]

Mission is not accomplished

Mission is not accomplished

Not known for his intellect, George W. Bush was remarkable for his ability to make prophetic statements on at least one occasion. On May 1, 2003, after landing by small jet aboard the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln and standing under a banner that read “Mission Accomplished,” then-President Bush heralded “the arrival of a new era.” He […]

Following the trail of the phone menu

Following the trail of the phone menu

A Box of Soap By Don Vowell As an illustration of the time I invest in research for these rants, I called the office of this newspaper during normal business hours. They answered the phone. Hallelujah. My gratitude is out of proportion because I had just finished a call to the office of a large […]

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