Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

Commitment to community

Commitment to community

To the Editor: Betty L. Hart is running for Keizer Rural Fire Protection District Board, Position 5. As the election days are coming nearer, I wish to get the community to take a closer look at Hart and why she is the best choice. Hart is a long-time volunteer in both Marion and Polk counties. […]

Support for Stevenson

Support for Stevenson

To the Editor: On May 19 voters in Keizer will be selecting a new board member for the Salem-Keizer Transit District (subdistrict 2). I recommend a vote for Richard Stevenson. He has many years’ first-hand experience of the Transit District as a regular rider of both the Cherriots scheduled bus service and the CherryLift service […]

Paper’s endorsement is puzzling

Paper’s endorsement is puzzling

By GREG EGO While I support the right of the Keizertimes to endorse candidates for local elections, I believe you got it wrong for Keizer Fire District Position 4. Betty Hart is the better choice to lead the fire district with her considerable knowledge of how it operates. I am curious that there was no […]

Seeking mutual respect amid conflict

Seeking mutual respect amid conflict

By MICHAEL GERSON The sign of a first-rate intelligence, according to F. Scott Fitzgerald, is “the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” When it comes to Islam and blasphemy, many Americans are having trouble accepting even consistent ones. Under the law, […]

Ohio’s Kasich is best candidate in 2016

Ohio’s Kasich is best candidate in 2016

Any natural-born citizen of the United States who has reached the age of 35 years can be president.  President Obama, limited to two terms, must leave the highest political office in the land with a new American taking his place in January, 2017. So far the Democrats have only two who’ve declared their intentions to run—Hillary Clinton and […]

A less conservative America

A less conservative America

By E.J. DIONNE JR. If Republicans are baffled by Hillary Clinton’s persistent lead in the polls despite months of bad publicity, they need only examine the tensions on display in their party over the last few days. It would be hard to conceive of a worse stretch for Clinton than a period that began with […]

The intricate knot of urban poverty

The intricate knot of urban poverty

By MICHAEL GERSON Police and prisons are the successful answer to a rather narrow question: Can overwhelming force and routine incarceration bring temporary order to impoverished and isolated urban communities? Baltimore in the early 2000s answers in the affirmative. By 2005, a city of about 600,000 people recorded more than 100,000 arrests. Violent crime declined […]

Endorsements

Endorsements

It is not the norm to have contested election races in Keizer. Voters in Keizer are faced with more than one candidate for several offices in the May 19 election—and that’s a good thing. Of the six races only two are uncontested. In one race there is an embarassement of riches—Keizer Fire District Board, Position […]

Have fun without alcohol

Have fun without alcohol

To the Editor: The annual Keizer Iris Festival is a highlight of the year and good for the family. However, I was disappointed that the Brewfest for Keizerfest has been added.  It would be nice to have entertainment without the aid of alcoholic beverages. In the paper (Keizertimes, April 17, 2015) it stated “a lot […]

Betty Hart for Keizer Fire Board

Betty Hart for Keizer Fire Board

To The Editor: With respect to all candidates, we are supporting Betty Hart for Keizer Fire Board.  She has experience when it comes to the fire district’s budget and would help represent our interests effectively. Betty has been a long-time volunteer in our community, worked on the last two campaigns for the fire district and […]

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