Archive for the Category ‘Editorials’

Camp gone, homelessness isn’t

Camp gone, homelessness isn’t

Mike could sleep standing up. It wasn’t a parlor trick he’d learned to impress people, it was a survival skill. He’d spent much of his late teens and early twenties homeless and figured out that if he could find a 24-hour laundromat and leaned up against the dryers while they ran, it solved two problems: […]

Keizer City Council

Keizer City Council

There are elections for mayor and three city councilors next month. All but one of the four races have candidates running unopposed. That has been the trend in the city for the past several election cycles. The one contested race is for the council seat currently held by Mark Caillier, who was appointed to the […]

Measure 97

Measure 97

Adding $3 billion in new revenue to the state budget is a great idea…on the surface. Sure, we want to be sure our schools have the level of funding needed to improve education. Sure, we want there to be money to improve healthcare and we’d certainly like to see more services for our senior citizens. […]

President

President

The presidential election will be decided by the thin slice of undecided independent voters. Presently Hillary Clinton is leading Donald Trump nationally by about six points. With the campaign entering its final weeks, any can happen. Trump’s performance in the second debate on Sunday evening could change things—either in his direction or in Clinton’s. Vice […]

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 […]

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