Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

Challenge also helped veterans

Challenge also helped veterans

To the Editor: I am a Vietnam veteran living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. I am submitting this letter in hopes of raising awareness of how this horrific disease is impacting our military veterans. What do ice buckets and veterans have in common? The press did an excellent […]

Silence is denial

Silence is denial

By DON VOWELL No matter what you think might have helped to prevent the shooting in Marysville, Wash., it will be fiercely rejected by some faction with political clout. Since there is no single, simple, and sure action we can all support that will prevent more school shootings, no action will be taken.  We can’t […]

Scottish parallels and differences

Scottish parallels and differences

My Scottish ancestors have been citizens of the United States for decades, going back to the Revolutionary War.  There must be traces of Scottish DNA that have survived to reach me through the years because I experienced considerable excitement a few weeks ago when the citizens of modern day Scotland came close to voting their independence, mainly from England, missing it by a close 55-45 […]

Only Reagan can be reason

Only Reagan can be reason

By MICHAEL GERSON     The Republican debate about the shape of the political future has begun, typically for conservatives, as a fight about the past. As President Obama has become a Jimmy Carter-like figure — hapless, luckless and increasingly friendless — most prospective GOP presidential candidates are positioning themselves as Ronald Reagan’s rightful heir. […]

Mark your ballot

Mark your ballot

It could not be easier for citizens to vote in Oregon elections. The ballots come in the mail to registered voters. The ballots can be returned through the mail or dropped off at convienent ballot sites outside the Keizer Civic Center (you don’t even have to get out of your vehicle) and at the U.S. […]

Increases under two percent?

Increases under two percent?

To the Editor: The news recently was that there would be a 1.7 percent increase in the Social Security cost of living soon. It was noted that the increase would be the third time in a row that the increase would be below 2 percent. The news given was that the inflation rate has also […]

Support for Bill Post

Support for Bill Post

To the Editor: I want to encourage residents in House District 25 to cast your vote for Bill Post. Bill has been serving our community in numerous ways for many years. I’ve known Bill personally for almost 15 years. Back when our sons were going through Little League baseball, I had the opportunity to watch […]

Trust Rep. Thatcher

Trust Rep. Thatcher

To the Editor: I want to assure my fellow citizens that you can trust Representative Kim Thatcher, who is running for Oregon Senate District 13. I’ve known Kim and her husband, Karl, for seven years and they are dedicated, honest citizens working to improve government. You may have read recent news about them suing ODOT […]

The past is the future in education

The past is the future in education

Formerly and currently, the Oregon Education Investment Board has been mainly an unmitigated dud.  Its beginning was beaten up and badly bloodied by the fouls of its first director while its more recent efforts can be measured as positive only if the evaluator ignores the huge costs of its administrative team and those board members who meet to blow their own horns, having little […]

What to do when GPA has no meaning?

What to do when GPA has no meaning?

By ERIC A. HOWALD There’s a story about a teacher, Paulo Friere, who is said to have taught 300 Brazilian sugar cane workers to read and write in fewer than 50 days. The workers were seeking to have a greater voice in the forces that controlled their lives at the factory and in government at […]

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