Archive for the Category ‘Editorials’

What kind of Christmas?

What kind of Christmas?

By LYNDON ZAITZ People celebrate Christmas in many ways and for different reasons. Some celebrate the birth of Christ, some celebrate children, some celebrate Santa Claus. Others mark the season with a mix of reasons. It can be argued that the Christmas season is the favorite time of year for most, even with the frustrations, […]

Fasten your seat belts

Fasten your seat belts

There are millions of Americans who voted for Donald J. Trump as their next president. So many decided that a change in direction on national policies was important that many blue states flipped over to become red states. This after a campaign in which the winning candidate did not lay out a specific agenda—just a […]

Christmas in Keizer

Christmas in Keizer

Many homes are still enjoying Thanksgiving dinner leftovers and cleaning up after a house full of guests and now their attention turns to the Christmas season. Keizer does love Christmas and there are plenty of activities and events to help enjoy their favorite time of year. It all starts with the annual lighting of Keizer’s […]

The improbable president

The improbable president

He could never win the Republican presidential nomination. The country would never elect him to the highest office in the land and make him the most powerful person in the world. The morning after the election proved that in the  end, polls, pundits and media were all wrong. Donald J. Trump defied all the odds […]

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 […]

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