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Safety begins at home

Safety begins at home

The happiest time of the year can quickly turn dark if our home is struck by fire. During the holidays there is more cooking over the weeks of the season. Holiday decorations often include candles. We may use stand-alone room heaters during the cold nights. Christmas trees may call for extra electrical cords. All of […]

Is it free enterprise or defacing of public property?

Is it free enterprise or defacing of public property?

A business is going about Keizer neighborhoods painting address numbers on the curb in front of houses. A flyer is left at the door by a person calling themselves an Address America Indpendent agent. The flyer asks for a $5 ‘donation’ to have the house number painted on the front curb as a security service. […]

Young talent does Keizer proud

Young talent does Keizer proud

By this time those who live for sales have waited in the dark for doors at local malls and stores to open so they could rush forth and grab their own “must have” item for this holiday gift giving season. Those who don’t want to hassle with the crowds might migrate to e-commerce and order […]

Show rationale for new district

Show rationale for new district

Everyone likes parks, but not everyone uses parks on a frequent and regular basis. Parks do add to the quality of life of a city. Keizer has 19 parks from pocket parks to the jewel—Keizer Rapids Park. There has been talk for several years now about how to fund our parks. By necessity the parks […]

Pay attention to the common man and woman

Pay attention to the common man and woman

In his classic play, Death of a Salesman, one of Arthur Miller’s characters said of protagonist Willie Loman: “Attention must be paid to this man.” Years before that was written American composer Aaron Copeland wrote a piece called Fanfare for the Common Man. Our government and big business leaders would do well to heed thost […]

Say yes to fire equipment

Say yes to fire equipment

Voters in the Keizer Rural Fire Protection District should vote to approve ballot measure 24-389. If approved Keizer Fire District homeowners would pay 14 cents per $1,000 valuation to purchase needed equipment. In reality the levy would replace a levy that was used to construct the Chemawa Road fire station; after two decades the fire […]

A yes vote for transit is a yes for economic development

A yes vote for transit is a yes for economic development

Anyone paying attention to local issues might assume there is no one in favor of the transit payroll tax proposed by Salem-Keizer Transit to fund extended service hours. The proponents have staged a poor campaign—out-manned and out-spent by the opposition. The quality of the campaign, however, should not determine how one should vote. We favor […]

After the UCC shootings

After the UCC shootings

The tragic shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg has whipped up the gun control discussion in America. Again. The discussion gets heated after every mass shooting. Some want to enact gun control laws that outline who can purchase a gun and how a gun is sold. Some say that any effort to slap more […]

A million pennies

A million pennies

Does anyone reach down to pick up a penny anymore? In earlier days when a kid found a penny (or a nickle or a quarter)  it was like finding treasure. Nowadays an errant penny is passed over with nary a glance. One can only guess the value of all the pennies laying on the ground […]

Issue can show city is helping local businesses

Issue can show city is helping local businesses

In a divided vote at its July meeting the Keizer Public Arts Commission approved the placement of the depiction of a large diamond ring. In front of Sonic restaurant. In south Keizer. The ring art, created out of metal by the owners of Boucher Jewelers, was initially proposed to be installed in front of the […]

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