Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

Whose recipe for American greatness?

Whose recipe for American greatness?

Entertainment happened for me the other day while reading letters to the editor from another newspaper. The letter writer was, perhaps facetiously, commenting that his best advice to the Democratic party on what their proper candidate for president should be is that he or she “should love the Constitution, the free enterprise system, traditional family values, a powerful […]

Drugs in Keizer

Drugs in Keizer

Heroin use nation wide has reached alarming rates, destroying lives and ripping families apart. Law enforcement agencies are forced to use limited resources to fight the scourge. Each user gets to heroin on their own personal journey. Some graduate from other opiates, some via peer pressure, others out of sheer desperation to tune out their […]

Law enforcement

Law enforcement

To the Editor: If people of all colors would obey lawful commands of law-enforcement officers they would not be subjected to any kind of harsh treatment. It seems to me that these people have attitude problems or suffer from mental problems. They may even feel they are entitled. Sure, there are some cops that have […]

Shrinking the epidemic map

Shrinking the epidemic map

By MICHAEL GERSON My college roommate—the most immediately likable person I’ve ever met, a man who would now be such a present to the world—died of AIDS at the age of 30. Back then, people with the disease did not so much die as fade, becoming gaunt and ghostly images of themselves, as the virus […]

Rioting to make a point about race, police

Rioting to make a point about race, police

Are only the American soldiers able to use their weapons stationed overseas?  You’d think so after that highly disturbing night of looting local businesses and burning them to the ground in Ferguson, Mo.What a way to treat your neighbors, those just trying to make a living who had nothing to do with the death of the African-American teenager. In the meantime, Missouri’s […]

Moving past Ferguson

Moving past Ferguson

The aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. last August has included riots, protests, punditry that spans the political spectrum and a grand jury that decided this week no criminal charges are warranted against police officer Darren Wilson. The announcement of the grand jury’s decision by St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert McCulloch […]

Jesus missing in the Holiday Guide

Jesus missing in the Holiday Guide

To the Editor: Just this morning I received the Keizertimes 2014 Holiday Gift and Event Guide in the mail. It was filled with loads of gift ideas and local events. You can buy diamonds, veterinary services, flowers, meals at McDonalds or Subway, and much, much more.  Even a holiday subscription to the Keizertimes! There is […]

Teachers are a constant in kid’s lives

Teachers are a constant in kid’s lives

To the Editor: Sometimes I call parents’ homes in the evening to tell them how well their student is doing in class, or what an exceptional effort or improvement s/he is making. Almost invariably, the appreciative response will be something along the lines of, “How kind of you to call! I wish more teachers cared […]

How to get past political impasses

How to get past political impasses

A Box of Soap by Don Vowell A foundation of gratitude and hope supports all that happens between now and the New Year. As viewed against the national climate of calamity and dire prediction it’s an optimism hard to justify.  Where change is possible there can be hope.  Since change is the one constant in […]

Action is not amnesty or citizenship

Action is not amnesty or citizenship

We now know that President Obama’s new immigration policy is not amnesty or a way for people to avoid deportation any more than it is automatic citizenship.  Rather, it is work authorization that will not provide social welfare benefits but will allow employers to continue to exploit immigrant labor. It will build on the existing Deferred Action for […]

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