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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 […]

Mother

Mother

By LYNDON ZAITZ We have a two billion-way tie for the best mother in the world. With few exceptions everyone is certain that their mother is the most loving, kindest, funniest, prettiest and smartest mom in the world. We all love our mothers. Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. Doesn’t it seem […]

Christine Dieker

Christine Dieker

Christine Dieker’s last day as executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce was April 28. She retired after more than 17 years as the manager and the public face of the chamber. The Keizer business community was always her focus. She was a vocal advocate of Keizer and its businesses as any one. The […]

Having fun with lemons

Having fun with lemons

Lemonade Day is the antidote to the “Mom, there’s nothing to do” lament. With a nudge, a parent, a guardian or a teacher can convince a Keizer youngster that the cure for the ‘nothing to do’ blues is starting a business. Started in Texas, Lemonade Day has blossomed across the country—sales top $50 million each […]

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