Archive for the Category ‘Editorials’

It was only a handshake

It was only a handshake

It was the handshake heard ‘round the world.  At the memorial service for Nelson Mandela President Obama shook the hand of Cuban President Raul Castro.  It set ideologues teeth on edge and set the Twitter-verse afire. “How could Obama do that? It proves everything we’ve said about him all along.” Which is what, exactly? Some […]

Humans can be the only people

Humans can be the only people

By DON VOWELL You don’t need any other form of entertainment as long as there is news.  This week I heard that animal rights group Nonhuman Rights Project is asking a New York court to recognize a chimpanzee as a legal person.  Tommy, the chimp in question, is “being held captive in a shed at […]

Big schools, big money

Big schools, big money

If there were a prize to honor the most likely to KO his readers with entertaining sports stories, I’d expect John Canzano of The Oregonian to be among that heavyweight crown’s contenders.  Using artful language, Canzano deals with facts about players and games and, to my knowledge, avoids fiction. Nevertheless, a recent column by Canzano just may have been a work of fiction.  In an […]

Going hungry

Going hungry

During each holiday season Americans, for whom hunger is not an issue, become more generous and donate food or money to food banks and local food drives. Donations to our local food banks are taking on an increased urgency this season. More families are relying on food banks to put nutritious meals on their tables. […]

Park toy inspires crowds

Park toy inspires crowds

Give the public what they want and they’ll embrace it in droves. It was heartening to see so many Keizer families attend the unveiling of the community build playground design last week at the civic center. Earlier in the day on Thursday, Nov. 14, Keizer Rapids Park Playground Project (KRP) task force members joined consultants […]

Gang violence

Gang violence

The current rise in gang-relatedviolence in Keizer must be addressed and stopped before it escalates further. McNary High School was locked down last week due to an off-campus assault that was too close to the school. Reports are heard of gang violence in the halls of the high school itself. The public should be concerned […]

Phillipine disaster help

Phillipine disaster help

Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Phillipines last week before it moved onto Vietnam. It is one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the world. Scenes of wide swaths of devastation in Tacloban are heartbreaking. The death toll could reach into the many thousands. A way of life in the archipelago has been destroyed; […]

Playoff drought over

Playoff drought over

McNary High School’s varsity football playoff drought is over. The players of the 2013 team have shown they are a force to be reckoned with. Head Coach Isaac Parker and his staff have returned the McNary Celtics to the place as a post-season contender. Third in the conference, at the end of regular season play,  […]

A plan to transform Keizer

A plan to transform Keizer

There was a public hearing at this week’s Keizer City Council meeting regarding revisions to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The 90-plus page report from city staff is chock full of recommendations for the council to consider regarding managing expected growth over the next 20 years. The revision comes as a result of the recently completed […]

A plan to transform Keizer

A plan to transform Keizer

There was a public hearing at this week’s Keizer City Council meeting regarding revisions to the city’s Comprehensive Plan. The 90-plus page report from city staff is chock full of recommendations for the council to consider regarding managing expected growth over the next 20 years. The revision comes as a result of the recently completed […]

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