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Clinton’s ‘short-circuited’ apology

Clinton’s ‘short-circuited’ apology

By MICHAEL GERSON    One of the most unintentionally revealing moments of Hillary Clinton’s campaign so far came during her recent, unconvincing explanation of the email affair: “I may have short-circuited it and for that I…ah …you know, will try to clarify.” Most of the resulting ridicule has focused on the “short-circuited” portion of the […]

Much ado about God bless America

Much ado about God bless America

Maybe I don’t get out enough,  but I’d never stumbled across any American newspaper writer who wrote an article to take exception with the use of the phrase, “God bless America.”  Turns out that that enduring expression is not off limits for at least one writer whose views find fault with its use by American politicians. One of the main problems regarding the writer’s […]

Join me, vote for Gary Johnson

Join me, vote for Gary Johnson

To the Editor: To the Republicans, Democrats, and Independents who feel cheated and do not want to vote for either of the nominees of the two major parties, I urge you not to waste your vote on Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, but to turn to a viable third option: Gary Johnson, the nominee for […]

Who are we planning for?

Who are we planning for?

Commercial development in Keizer, especially along its main thoroughfare, River Road, is uneven at best. Undeniably there is new development: the new Starbucks with a drive through; Willamette Valley Appliance (nee Mole’s) has remodeled and relocated to a larger space at River Road and Sunset Drive. The new owners of Schoolhouse Square, at River and […]

Will GOP repudiate Trump’s cruelty?

Will GOP repudiate Trump’s cruelty?

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Republican politicians face a choice. They can accept Hillary Clinton’s invitation to abandon Donald Trump and prevent a redefinition of their party as a haven for bigotry. Or they can prop Trump up, try to maximize his vote—and thereby tarnish themselves for a generation. If there were any doubts about Trump’s […]

Both candidates leave one to wonder

Both candidates leave one to wonder

The fanciest word I found to label myself during the past two weeks is masochist or a person who is gratified by self-imposed pain.  While I did not sit glued to a TV throughout every minute of the two convention’s proceedings, I did muster the fortitude, by what’s believed self-denied means, to listen to almost every word each […]

Clinton takes the fight to Trump

Clinton takes the fight to Trump

By E.J. DIONNE JR.       PHILADELPHIA — Charging that Donald Trump “wants us to fear the future and fear each other,” Hillary Clinton took him on with the most powerful line in her party’s tradition.      “Well, a great Democratic president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came up with the perfect rebuke to Trump more than 80 […]

A choice between the uninspiring and the unfit

A choice between the uninspiring and the unfit

By MICHAEL GERSON       WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s convention week featured two of the most effective communicators in the Democratic Party offering different images of the nominee. In Bill Clinton’s version, she is a “change-maker” who has “never been satisfied with the status quo.” In Barack Obama’s telling, she has the “intelligence” and “judgment” to […]

There are no small parts

There are no small parts

By LYNDON ZAITZ In my mind, all the world’s my stage; I perform on it every day. But sometimes I have a need to appear on an actual theatrical stage. Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s (KHT) annual Shakespeare in the Park fits the bill. Earlier this month, I performed in my fifth consecutive production on the Keizer […]

Korean War: 63 years later

Korean War: 63 years later

To the Editor: July 27, 2016 marks the 63rd anniversary of the ceasefire of the Korean War (the “Forgotten War” that is technically still going on). To date, no peace treaty has been signed. A ceasefire went into effect at 10 p.m. July 27, 1953, which required all troops to begin dismantling and vacating their […]

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