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If it’s hot, turn fountain on

If it’s hot, turn fountain on

The city of Keizer should see to it that the splash fountain at Chalmers Jones Park at the Keizer Civic Center is always operating during the hottest days, regardless of employee schedules. The fountain is turned on when temperatures reach 75 degrees. Last week during a very hot Monday and Tuesday the fountain did not […]

Under the good-jobs-report hood

Under the good-jobs-report hood

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Good news for the American worker: Employment in June surged 288,000, with a 262,000 gain in the private sector, easily beating the consensus forecast of 215,000 new payrolls. This marks the fifth consecutive monthly increase of 200,000 or more jobs, the best five-month stretch since early 2006. As for the unemployment rate, […]

It is time to focus on internal problems

It is time to focus on internal problems

The steamiest topic here at home these days appears to be the immigration issue. Tens of thousands of Central Americans crossing into the U.S. along the border with Mexico has reached red hot status. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are equally upset over the U.S. return militarily to Iraq, our nation weary of war overseas with its futile loss and […]

Celebrate the Constitution

Celebrate the Constitution

America celebrates its 238th birthday this Independence Day weekend. There will be fireworks, picnics, parades, concerts, speeches, flags and more across the country. Not many people will be thinking about the founding fathers as they grill hot dogs and eat potato salad. That’s a shame. We could use a healthy dose of what the fathers […]

GOP won’t pass immigration reform

GOP won’t pass immigration reform

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The New York Times reports that House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is considered “the best hope” to win passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress after he becomes majority leader in July. It’s sort of quaint how the Gray Lady wants to believe in miracles. If a comprehensive bill—such […]

Iraq: Managing the unmanageable

Iraq: Managing the unmanageable

U.S. involvement in the Middle East reads like this, “It’s too late to drain the swamp when you’re up to your waist in alligators.”  According to polls, most Americans feel strongly in favor of getting away from the Middle East as fast as we can and leaving any draining of that “swamp” to persons who live […]

At long last, finish Chemawa

At long last, finish Chemawa

It is time for the city of Keizer to get tough with the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) regarding the completiton of the Chemawa Road project that is, yet again, on hold due to utilities. The discovery of unknown utility infrastructure is the cause of the lastest work stoppage. The neighbors and users of Chemawa […]

What’s your kid doing this summer?

What’s your kid doing this summer?

It’s a summer lament that’s been heard for decades from kids: “I’m bored. There’s nothing to do.”  If those are words heard in Keizer households, there are activities for our young ones to do this season. Parents want to be sure their children are safe and active during the times when they are not in […]

U.S. can’t solve Shia-Sunni conflict

U.S. can’t solve Shia-Sunni conflict

Long ago and far away, Muhammad, Islam’s founder and author of the Koran, passed away.  That year was 632 A.D.  Two factions formed almost immediately.  “One who follows the traditions of the Prophet” was the Sunni mantra; they wanted Muhammad’s closest friend and advisor to succeed him.  The Shia or “people of the household of the Prophet,” sought a Muhammad family member to […]

Keep it legal, keep it safe on the 4th

Keep it legal, keep it safe on the 4th

The Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), Oregon fire service, Keep Oregon Green, natural resource agencies, Oregon fireworks wholesalers, and safety experts encourage Oregonians to keep itl legal and keep it safe when using fireworks. The 2014 Oregon fireworks sales season opened this week and runs through Sunday, July 6. The OSFM and their partners […]

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