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What they owe the progressives

What they owe the progressives

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Compared with the ferocious fractiousness of the Republican campaign, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are operating by rules inspired by St. Francis of Assisi, the gentle animal-loving holy man whom Pat Buchanan once derided as “the pacifist with the pigeons.” But with the GOP setting a very high standard for political […]

The importance of wildlife refuges

The importance of wildlife refuges

Federal authorities have recently reported more than two dozen incidents of totally unacceptable behavior, including vandalism and other acts of wreckage, by armed American militants at 13 wildlife refuges. This destructive behavior caused more than $7 million and counting so far. Apparently, these costs will be paid by American taxpayers as there has been no report, at least not […]

Preparing for the workforce

Preparing for the workforce

By AMI MACEIRA McSPARIN Ask a business owner about the younger generation of workers and the response will be polarized. Some claim younger workers are an essential part of the workforce, while others state younger generations of workers need focus in workplace skills such as communication, building credibility, accountability, and real-world problem solving. According to Rick […]

Keizer’s hidden gem

Keizer’s hidden gem

To the Editor: Keizer’s hidden gem is Rickman Community Garden, Nestled behind Keizer Civic Center, adjacent to Chalmers Jones and Carlson Skate parks, adding beauty and diversity to an urban setting. Rickman Garden provides 17 raised beds which are rented by individual gardeners responsible for planing, growing, upkeep and harvesting. Our first gathering of the […]

Abuse of animals

Abuse of animals

To the Editor: Did you know 70 percent of animal abusers often have records of violent crimes? Animal abuse should stop because animals are family, animals die and animals have feelings, too. One reason animal abuse should stop is because they’re family. According to Stop Animal Cruelty, “some animals are not strong enough to take […]

The GOP has two fevers

The GOP has two fevers

By MICHAEL GERSON    Some Trump-obsessed, hysterical nitwits have overstated the case that the Republican Party may be on the verge of self-annihilation. “If Trump were the nominee,” said one, “the GOP would cease to be.” That quote would be mine. The mood of the moment (not to mention the rhythm of the sentence) was […]

Overfishing oceans has consequences

Overfishing oceans has consequences

A few decades ago the nearest sighting of a sea lion for an Astorian involved a 175 mile drive down the coast to the Sea Lion Caves.  Growing up in Astoria meant that one could never view creatures that live in the Pacific Ocean except, maybe, but very seldom, a lost seal. Now, residents and visitors alike need travel […]

Where art thou, volunteers?

Where art thou, volunteers?

Since it became an organized community and then an incorporated city, in 1982, Keizer has relied on the kindness of its residents to volunteer to fulfill the many roles in city government and other organizations. At a time, decades ago, the center of the community was Keizer Little League (KLL), one of the most successful […]

Bruce Anderson: councilor

Bruce Anderson: councilor

Bruce Anderson was chosen by the Keizer City Council to fill a vacancy on that body at a meeting Monday. It was an unanimous vote; Anderson was the only applicant for the opening. Anderson is an excellent addition to the council. In his private sector career he has served in positions in top industries. Currently […]

The 2016 election’s nasty spirit

The 2016 election’s nasty spirit

By MICHAEL GERSON     In a campaign that has involved talk of revisiting the Geneva Conventions, rewriting the 14th Amendment and rounding up and expelling 11 million people, failures of politeness, violations of manners, would seem a secondary concern. But in this political cycle, insults, invective and coarseness have been charged with a political […]

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