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Supporting our local teams is in our DNA

Supporting our local teams is in our DNA

Why do I care about the fate of any sports team?  Why do I consider the teams “my” teams?” I have no impact on or personal reward from the outcome of any game my favorites play.  For the sake of transparency here, my favorites are the University of Oregon Ducks and Seattle Seahawks.  Meanwhile, what’s most silly? I feel temporarily upset when either one loses […]

The color orange

The color orange

There are few things as promising as the dawning of a new year. As the calendar flips from December 31 to January 1, everything will be reset. We make resolutions in an effort to be better. A new year holds the promise of adventures and experiences as well as milestones and celebrations. Spring is the […]

Hate and divisiveness

Hate and divisiveness

By PRITAM K. ROHILA, Ph.D. Acrimony and nastiness have been hallmarks of the recent presidential election campaign in the United States. Divisive ideas, which were being propagated by hosts of a handful of talk radio and cable TV channels, became mainstreamed. Opponents were demonized, and differences among Americans were accentuated.  Suspicion, anger and hate became […]

The economy needs attention now

The economy needs attention now

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW President-elect Donald Trump’s transition continues to go smoothly. Actually, better than smoothly—confidently. More than confidently —transcendently. And to top it all off, the Dow is up 9 percent since the election, while economic-sensitive small caps have jumped nearly 16 percent. These are signs of Trump confidence. Hard-nosed investment manager Ray Dalio, founder […]

An equation for disaster?

An equation for disaster?

Americans have heard it more than once: “I’ll bet he is turning over in his grave,” when a matter occurs that we know would greatly upset a certain deceased person. I think of Alexander Hamilton when I think of a person from the past who’d likely be rolling over in his grave if such an […]

2016 is almost over. Whew.

2016 is almost over. Whew.

What’s that big sound? It is a collective, national exhaling at the relief that we are at the final week of the year.  Most would agree that 2016 was annus horribilis. The holidays well be a much needed distraction from the woes and worries of the world. This year brought too much suffering, anger, fighting, […]

Honoring human dignity

Honoring human dignity

By MICHAEL GERSON It is one of fate’s cruel jokes that conservatism should be at its modern nadir just as the Republican Party is at its zenith—if conservatism is defined as embracing limited government, displaying a rational, skeptical and moderate temperament and believing in the priority of the moral order. All these principles are related, […]

Real news and real local

Real news and real local

By DON VOWELL Merry Christmas, Keizertimes. As a community we are lucky to have such a healthy and civic-minded weekly paper as a vital organ.  Our family has lived in Keizer for a little over 30 years.  By a sort of contented default we’ve slowly learned to believe this is home. And Keizertimes is our […]

Enough revenue, not enough backbone

Enough revenue, not enough backbone

From the Capitol By Bill Post As we come to Christmas, I greatly hesitate to write about politics in this column but feel I must address an important item with the upcoming 2017 legislative session. First of all, when it comes to the governor’s budget we need to remember it’s not a budget but rather […]

Christmas story: A child and a movie

Christmas story: A child and a movie

Cute stories about American children and Christmas are seemingly endless.  One to add has come to the attention of my wife and myself during the past week. It is planned that a certain granddaughter will spend Christmas Eve with gramma and grampa. That’s the night, of course, during which tradition promises that Santa Claus will visit each child’s home […]

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