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We vote for…

City Council, Position 5 Of the four seats on the Keizer City Council in next month’s general election, only one is contested: Amy Ripp is facing Matt Chappell to succeed Joe Egli for Position 5. Both candidates bring community involvement and service to their races. Chappell recently ended his tenure on the Keizer Planning Commission; […]

A take on ‘14 ballot measures

A take on ‘14 ballot measures

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL It’s easy to feel swamped by all the campaign muck that’s out there.  In that spirit I offer some more.  Here is the Failed Mayoral Candidate’s Voter’s guide to the ballot measures being considered: Measure 86—Nope.  Asking the state to help pay for tuition that is too high […]

I want a different choice for governor

I want a different choice for governor

Governor John Kitzhaber is not responsible for the actions of his fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, before they met and what she’s done, and should not be held against him.  She is, nevertheless, a rather obvious opportunist who’s been chronically accused of using her relationship with him to gain financial advantages for herself and her firm in Bend and there should be […]

Support for Chuck Lee

Support for Chuck Lee

To the Editor: I am a registered Republican however, I will be voting for Independent candidate Charles Lee for State Representative. I am voting for Chuck Lee because I am looking for a non-partisan approach to the state’s issues. I served with Chuck on the Keizer City Council and on numerous committees all of which […]

No on Measure 91

No on Measure 91

Letter to the Editor: I would like to talk to the 16 percent of registered votes in Oregon who have not made up their minds on how to vote on Measure 91, legalizing marijuana. This issue is not about money, medicine, recreation or other reasons for making it available to every household. This issue is […]

Vote for Ripp

Vote for Ripp

To the Editor: I am writing this letter to express my personal endorsement for Amy Ripp for Keizer City Council. Ms. Ripp is a friend and a past employer. I’ve known her for over 10 years and I value her friendship and respect her willingness to help anyone, at anytime. Her commitment to the community […]

Lee for HD 25

Lee for HD 25

To the Editor: With the November 4 election just around the corner, we want to share the reasons we are supporting Chuck Lee for State Representative in hopes you will too. Chuck is a good listener and not someone who follows a party platform.  He’s running as an independent with no one to answer to […]

Give me the reluctant candidate every time

Give me the reluctant candidate every time

To the Editor: It’s kind of like, here we go again. I refer to the actions of our former representative from Keizer, the one Kim Thatcher replaced, and his support for a current candidate. Would it surprise you to know he reportedly worked with that candidate to ensure we continue to pay more taxes and, […]

Citizens disunited

Citizens disunited

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Are we spending our democracy into oblivion? This is the time of year when media scribblers bemoan how nasty political campaigns have become. The complainers are accused of a dainty form of historical ignorance by defenders of mud-slinging who drag out Finley Peter Dunne’s 1895 assertion that “politics ain’t beanbag.” Politics […]

Vote for Ryan Howard

Vote for Ryan Howard

To the Editor: Ryan Howard currently serves on the same city council as I do—and I endorse his bid for Senate District 13 100 percent. While it will be Newberg’s loss on the council, he will do good things for the state. Ryan is one of the smartest people I know and does not make […]

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