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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 […]

Food carts? You bet

Food carts? You bet

The Keizer City Council must take the side of free enterprise and approve the operation of food carts in the city. Keizer is decidedly not Portland, but food carts are a huge part of the culinary experience in our neighbor to the north. Let us not hamper the entrepreneurial spirit of someone who thinks they […]

To the class of 2016 only

To the class of 2016 only

Congatulations to those of you who are graduating from high school or college this month. You navigated the journey that at times seemed hopeless or worthless. Now you get to make your own path into the world you feel is not exactly waiting for you with bated breath. What have we done to our greatest […]

What does Roots reboot tell us about now?

What does Roots reboot tell us about now?

I think it would be interestingto have those behind the re-making of Roots to confess their motive.  Roots 2, now available by TV access, is the second go-around adaptation of Alex Haley’s novel published in 1976. How much of what he wrote was based in fact about his own family, as he claimed, has been long disputed as his work was later found to be heavily plagiarized from […]

Persuade the community

Persuade the community

Mayor Cathy Clark and some city councilors say they will hold community conversation meetings this year to get a sense of what Keizer’s citizens want and what they may be willing to pay for. Last month’s budget committee meetings got heated over the issue of adding one officer to the police force. Witnesses and some […]

Iris festival and its future

Iris festival and its future

Diamond in the Rough, the 2016 Keizer Iris Festival, kicked off earlier this month with the opening of the Keizer Art Association’s Iris and the Flowers exhibit including the art piece chosen for the 2017 festival (Merren Garland’s Total Eclipse of the Heart) on display through May 28. The Keizer Volunteer Fire Fighters Association held […]

Police? Parks? How about both

Police? Parks? How about both

Parks or police? What should be the focus of Keizer’s city government? At recent completed Budget Committee meetings the call for adding at least one cop position to the Keizer Police Department was loud and clear. Also loud and clear was the call for better funding of the city’s 19 parks. A vast majority of […]

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