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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. […]

Boko Haram hides behind religion

Boko Haram hides behind religion

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL Mother’s Day got me thinking about terrorism this year.  Like many of you I was humbled by the debt of gratitude owed my mother, the mother of my children, and all the mothers I know.  Then in Nigeria nearly 300 mothers had their children stolen. Until now “War […]

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 […]

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