Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

Church thanks community

Church thanks community

To the Editor: Truth Tabernacle Church and Truth Tabernacle Christian Academy would like to express our gratitude to the communities of Salem & Keizer for their donations to our 18th Annual 30 Kilometer Bike-A-Thon that was held on June 4th. It was a tremendous success and we thank you for your support. Jessica M. Anderson […]

Support for Bud Pierce

Support for Bud Pierce

To the Editor: As a native Oregonian, I have become disappointed with my state government. There was a time when our state government listened to the people of Oregon. But in the last 20 plus years those elected (and appointed) have been controlled by big money and special interest groups. The mind-set seems to be […]

Confronting both nostalgia and amnesia

Confronting both nostalgia and amnesia

By E.J. DIONNE JR. The haunting U2 lyric, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” captures what many Americans seem to feel about politics in 2016. And a lot of us are looking backward. Donald Trump’s pledge to make our country great again captures the longing of some of his supporters for a time […]

Public officials should set standard

Public officials should set standard

Sometimes, a two-word descriptive phrase can communicate equal to a 100 word paragraph. Consider the phrase “political hack.”  It can be used in a number of contexts but in this column it references a political office holder who may be best described as having displayed ethically-deficient behavior. Case in point comes from a newspaper story out of Salem reporting that State […]

Yes, Keizer is safe

Yes, Keizer is safe

By CATHY CLARK Are we safe? I have heard that very sincere question many times as we have read reports of crimes committed at our local businesses this week. Our police chief has stated that folks in our community who do not live a high risk lifestyle, i.e. drug dealing, sex-trafficking, theft, or gangs, are […]

American experiment 240 years on

American experiment 240 years on

On Monday July 4, America celebrates her 240th birthday, Independence Day. That day is one of the greatest days in human history. When a struggling colony threw off the shackles of an overbearing government and said “we are free” by declaring its independence and then at the cost of thousands of lives, defended that independence. […]

Learning from Britain’s crisis

Learning from Britain’s crisis

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Elites are in trouble. High levels of immigration are destabilizing our democracies. Politicians who put their short-term political interests over their countries’ needs reap the whirlwind—for themselves but, more importantly, for their nations. Citizens who live in the economically ailing peripheries of wealthy nations are in revolt against well-off and cosmopolitan […]

Election won’t unjam political gridlock

Election won’t unjam political gridlock

Many Americans say they’re unhappy with the way the U.S. government is being run and demand wholesale changes. Whatever the individual views among us, it’s argued here that we should be the beneficiaries of at least two healthy parties where there are center-right and a center-left choices. The center-right some say should stand to offer market-based solutions to global warming, gun control, fiscal […]

Do nothing or do something

Do nothing or do something

We, as a nation, have made a choice on mass gun shootings. We will do nothing. We will send thoughts and prayers. We shake our heads in disbelief. We ask ourselves how this can happen again and again. The massacre of 20 children in Connecticut, the killing of 14 people in California, the murder of […]

Security and rights of the USA

Security and rights of the USA

Per the news media, Americans supporting the ISIS agenda are not attacking their fellow Americans on a daily basis although their murdering interests and actions have reached a fairly threatening, “Who’s next?” not thereby knowing which innocent lives will be taken during the next club night out, while seeing a movie, by going to a mall, or simply by sitting with work friends to […]

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