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Fighters don’t always use fists

Fighters don’t always use fists

By ERIC A. HOWALD Keizerite Thomas Lucas sat in the second-to-last row of more than 700 graduates participating in the Chemeketa Community College commencement ceremony Tuesday, June 14. He had a long wait, but I’d used my press pass to get on the floor of the Pavilion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds where the event […]

Is the gun lobby finally cornered?

Is the gun lobby finally cornered?

By E.J. DIONNE JR. A political crisis is usually preceded by an intellectual and moral crisis. Dominant ideas that once seemed to hang together lose their hold when they are exposed as contradictory and incoherent. Similarly, moral claims made on behalf of a worldview can, gradually or suddenly, come to be seen as empty. Demoralization […]

Food carts? You bet

Food carts? You bet

The Keizer City Council must take the side of free enterprise and approve the operation of food carts in the city. Keizer is decidedly not Portland, but food carts are a huge part of the culinary experience in our neighbor to the north. Let us not hamper the entrepreneurial spirit of someone who thinks they […]

When love fails to conquer

When love fails to conquer

Moments of Lucidity By ERIC A. HOWALD Andrew was the first friend I made at Auburn University. It had been two weeks since leaving home for college, and I’d found a job at the on-campus housing department. There were a number of other students working there giving tours and filling a myriad number of other […]

Will Orlando drive us from our corners?

Will Orlando drive us from our corners?

By E.J. DIONNE JR. It only compounded the horror that the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history called forth talking points that had been composed long before 50 innocents were murdered early Sunday. The immediate reactions on social media to the killings at Pulse Orlando, a popular gay dance club, etched a portrait of our […]

America is a tapestry of world’s races

America is a tapestry of world’s races

Because every grouping of people in the world harbor among them an assortment of the good, the bad and the ugly, the Latinos, arguably, are no exception as is any cross-section of the U.S. population. Nevertheless, there are some Americans who have chosen to single Latinos out as mainly rapists, murderers and drug peddlers. Meanwhile, according to facts as organized […]

To the class of 2016 only

To the class of 2016 only

Congatulations to those of you who are graduating from high school or college this month. You navigated the journey that at times seemed hopeless or worthless. Now you get to make your own path into the world you feel is not exactly waiting for you with bated breath. What have we done to our greatest […]

Trump’s running mate

Trump’s running mate

To the Editor: As Mr. Donald Trump searches for a running mate, may I suggest a few criteria? He should pick someone equally qualified for the office with good name recognition—from the west to balance the ticket and perhaps, a woman.  The only question then is, which Kardashian should it be? Martin Doerfler Keizer

Writer’s bias is showing

Writer’s bias is showing

To the Editor: I have to question Debra Saunder’s credibility in her opinion piece on Hillary Clinton (Hill’s emails: lying in plain sight, Keizertimes, June 3). Saunders writes the same lies and spews her hatred of Clinton just like the other Clinton haters. What Clinton is “accused” of is not a crime, she has not […]

Offensive parade entry wasn’t okayed

Offensive parade entry wasn’t okayed

To the Editor: Keizer is dear to my heart. Like many of you I see it as a place to raise a family, socialize with friends and participate in a great volunteer focused community. These are my first few weeks as the executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce; and, from the get-go I […]

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