Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

In memory of Sept. 11, 2001

In memory of Sept. 11, 2001

By ART BOBROWITZ On September 11, 2001 I watched the world change in real time with no editing or special effects. I was getting ready for work and talking to my wife. It was one of those surrealistic moments when the world seemed to slow to a crawl. The news media was frantic with speculation […]

Uniform display missing at fair

Uniform display missing at fair

To the Editor: I was very disappointed to learn that U.S. military uniforms were not on display this year at the Oregon State Fair. I heard that they were expected to pay for space if they wanted to be there. From what I understand they did not have to pay in the previous years to […]

Will Turkey become USA’s next Iran?

Will Turkey become USA’s next Iran?

A reason our government gets itself into so many difficulties overseas is due to the way it so often conducts business with other nations. A case in point is our most recent problem with Turkey. After surviving the recent coup there, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded the U.S. hand over the man the Turkish president says […]

EpiPen is mighty—but only for those who can afford it

EpiPen is mighty—but only for those who can afford it

By SCOTTA CALLISTER Controversy continues to rage over the EpiPen, fueled by social media protests over what many see as price gouging or profiteering by Mylan, the company that makes the device. EpiPens are used to easily inject a dose of epinephrine into someone struck by a severe allergic reaction. According to the Centers for Disease […]

VFW snubbed by state fair

VFW snubbed by state fair

To the Editor: After more than 16 years, the new management of the Oregon State Fair is not going to allow VFW Post 661  to show its nation’s uniforms at the fair. The VFW  was given a spot as a non-profit; now it is pay-to-play. Whatever  answer  they give it’s all political. It is their […]

Does Trump know what it means to preach?

Does Trump know what it means to preach?

By MICHAEL GERSON So far, Donald Trump’s outreach to African-Americans has consisted of stereotyping them as impoverished, as attending failed schools and as unemployed, and then asking what the hell they have to lose by supporting him. If this sounds like a typically biased media summary of Trump’s views, here he is: “You live in […]

Freedom of, and from, religion

Freedom of, and from, religion

Being ignorant does not necessarily mean a person is evil or bad; rather, it simply can mean that the person does not know.  He may not wish to know something and he may reject knowledge in order to protect his beliefs.  Whatever the case, this consideration with all its permutations and complications has a lot to do […]

Build new, maintain old

Build new, maintain old

Things are really perking up in Keizer these days with new construction and installations. Ground has been broke  at Schoolhouse Square to  build a replacement for the space now occupied by Starbucks and Mr. Video+Games. A new Starbucks building was just completed on River Road just south of Chemawa Road. Construction continues apace at the […]

One-party rule not good

One-party rule not good

From the Capitol By Rep. Bill Post I hope that you’ve had as good a summer as I have had.  For many of the 20 summers the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes have been here, I was the public address announcer including this summer. I’m a huge Los Angeles Dodgers fan so as you can imagine, it’s been […]

Cheap populism helps no one

Cheap populism helps no one

By MICHAEL GERSON With defeat now the likely outcome for the Republican presidential nominee, the blame shifting has begun early and in earnest. To some partisans such as Sean Hannity, the responsibility for the expected loss—as well as for Hillary Clinton’s Supreme Court picks and “whatever illegal immigrants do” —lies with Never Trump conservatives. Whether […]

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