Archive for the Category ‘Editorials’

The things we want and need

The things we want and need

There are services and amenities a city offers that many of us don’t think about until we want or need them. If our neighborhood doesn’t have sidewalks, we probably don’t think about them. But, how do we feel about them if we suddenly find ourselves needing to use wheelchair? It is much easier to get […]

A councilor for the future

A councilor for the future

The tenure of Ken LeDuc on the Keizer City Council has come to a sudden end. He submitted his resignation late last week citing health issues. He was elected in November, opposed only by a write-in candidacy. While it is unfortunate that Mr. LeDuc resigned after only four months in office, the vacancy offers the […]

A weekend for fun

A weekend for fun

With only a 20 percent chance of rain on Saturday, we will celebrate our city as a great place to live and work as Keizer Iris Festival events kick into high gear. Each year the third weekend in May is time for fun, family and flowers. The Iris Parade, one of the largest in Oregon, […]

The future of Kezier starts now

The future of Kezier starts now

The Keizer City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, May 20, to consider the proposed Economic Opportunities Analysis (EOA), Housing Needs Analysis (HNA) and revisions to the city’s Comprehensive Plan the two analyses would call for. Everyone who lives or runs a business in Keizer has a stake in these documents. The state-mandated […]

Texas deserves as good as Boston

Texas deserves as good as Boston

Two tragedies hit the United States last month: the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15 and the explosion of the West Fertilizer Company plant in Texas. Arguably the Boston bombing has received the most sustained coverage and speculation. One of the suspected bombers was killed in a police shoot out, his brother was captured. After […]

Earth Day, 2013

Earth Day, 2013

Earth Day is celebrated around the world each year on April 22; 2013 marks the 43rd anniversary of the first Earth Day. The United States has progressed a long way since 1970; Oregon has one of the highest rates of recycling in the country. Today our society talks about recycling, reducing waste, and sustainable lifestyles.  […]

All helping all

All helping all

The beauty of communities is the diversity of options. There are different stores to shop, different parks to play in, different houses of worship to pray in. Communities, of course, are much more than the infrastructure. Communities are nothing withou its people and their pursuits. Those pursuits, be they athletic- or service-oriented, require money. Every […]

A roundabout

A roundabout

No one who is elected or paid to work for the City of Keizer wakes in the morning thinking they’ll make life difficult for residents. The reaction on social media to a news story about a traffic roundabout at Chemawa Road and Verda Lane was swift. Most people who posted didn’t see a need for […]

America’s most wanted… bug

America’s most wanted… bug

By NICK THOMAS Of all the animal species on the planet, which one kills the most people each year? You might be thinking snakes. After all, cobras alone take out some 20,000 people annually in India. So, candidates with poison-laden fangs should logically be bumped to the top of the list, right? Nope. How about […]

They can speak, but we don’t have to listen

They can speak, but we don’t have to listen

Nine years ago this month, this paper ran a front page story on a local lesbian couple who went to Multnomah County to get their marriage license in the too-brief window when that county was the only one in the state sanctioning same-sex couples. In the wake of the paper hitting stands, we received numerous […]

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