Archive for the Category ‘Editorials’

When there’s no money

When there’s no money

Several years ago this space called for the Keizer City Council to consider what the city would lose if the Herber property (informally called ‘the cow pasture’) was rezoned and that acreage was lost to development. A 112-unit apartment complex is proposed for that property. We haven’t changed our minds, but reality has set in. […]

Isn’t outrage exhausting?

Isn’t outrage exhausting?

The default emotion in American politics seems to be outrage. You can find it all over social media, cable news and talk radio. The vitriolic responses at Trump rallies is scary—Clinton’s remark about deplorables is hard to refute when one views unedited video from rallies where attendees’ anger is whipped to new heights that has […]

Up. Down. Tied.

Up. Down. Tied.

Media’s fascination with presidential election polls has gotten out of control. Every large media outlet, including big daily newspapers and all the broadcasters—cable and  regular television. Sometimes when results of the latest poll are announced with ‘breaking news’ immediacy,  a caveat will be added: that the poll is just a snapshot of the campaign right […]

Build new, maintain old

Build new, maintain old

Things are really perking up in Keizer these days with new construction and installations. Ground has been broke  at Schoolhouse Square to  build a replacement for the space now occupied by Starbucks and Mr. Video+Games. A new Starbucks building was just completed on River Road just south of Chemawa Road. Construction continues apace at the […]

Who are we planning for?

Who are we planning for?

Commercial development in Keizer, especially along its main thoroughfare, River Road, is uneven at best. Undeniably there is new development: the new Starbucks with a drive through; Willamette Valley Appliance (nee Mole’s) has remodeled and relocated to a larger space at River Road and Sunset Drive. The new owners of Schoolhouse Square, at River and […]

There are no small parts

There are no small parts

By LYNDON ZAITZ In my mind, all the world’s my stage; I perform on it every day. But sometimes I have a need to appear on an actual theatrical stage. Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s (KHT) annual Shakespeare in the Park fits the bill. Earlier this month, I performed in my fifth consecutive production on the Keizer […]

Summer distractions

Summer distractions

This summer the nation seems to be going crazy—mass murders, killing of cops, shootings of African-Americans that has intensifed the battle between Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. It makes a Keizerite want to turn off the news and revel in life here in our little corner of the world. We […]

Those who disagree are not enemies

Those who disagree are not enemies

The murder of five police officers in downtown Dallas, Texas by a frustrated and radical former Army Reserve private is tragic. The officers were patrolling a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest after police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Though every police officer takes their lives into their hands each time they don the uniform and […]

Put a market at transit center

Put a market at transit center

There have been several attempts in the past to bring a farmers market to Keizer. The last iteration was at Chalmers Jones Park—behind the Keizer Civic Center. That space is very nice public square but it is behind the center. There is a better space to try a market again, one that would be highly […]

Do nothing or do something

Do nothing or do something

We, as a nation, have made a choice on mass gun shootings. We will do nothing. We will send thoughts and prayers. We shake our heads in disbelief. We ask ourselves how this can happen again and again. The massacre of 20 children in Connecticut, the killing of 14 people in California, the murder of […]

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