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Seeking sanity from sea of hyperbole

Seeking sanity from sea of hyperbole

I’ve a hunch in this season of political campaigning, that many an American seeks sanity from the storm of hyperbole that’s out there every day now.  A lot of concern has to do with the rather open-ended, undefined or sketchy, difficult-to-imagine-coming-to-fruition promises that some of those who want to be president are throwing out there […]

It’ll be a lemony day

It’ll be a lemony day

Imagine a Sunday in the very near future. Now imagine being able to sample lemonade at stands throughout Keizer and Salem on that day. Lemonade that is the product of the creative imagination of kids throughout the region. That Sunday, May 1, is Lemonade Day, a national project that teaches kids how to be little […]

Can voters really trust Donald Trump?

Can voters really trust Donald Trump?

To the Editor: Let’s admit it: Donald Trump has an uncanny skill for branding and marketing. How else do you explain the personality cult that has grown significantly around his campaign, except by looking at his expertise as the CEO of a notable company? He is, as are his supporters, under the impression that his […]

Empty promises of Trump and Sanders

Empty promises of Trump and Sanders

By MICHAEL GERSON In a time of brushfire populism, the problem is not the populace, it is the populists who seek to lead it. The two candidates who call themselves revolutionaries—Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump—are, in fact, backward looking, intellectually timid and unresponsive to the real needs of the working and middle classes. This judgment […]

Time to stop clock-changing madness

Time to stop clock-changing madness

A couple of weeks have passed since we were put upon again by this mindless moving of our clocks ahead in spring and back in the fall. Everyone who survived can forget about it for awhile. Rather than resign to daylight saving time, I argue, the best response to this matter is to ask: Why […]

The stain of accommodating Trump

The stain of accommodating Trump

By MICHAEL GERSON      WASHINGTON — Whatever you think of Donald Trump, his political achievement is enormous, and he deserves the credit.      With no background in elected office, Trump has led the Republican presidential field for eight months. His strong plurality has proven to be demographically and geographically diverse. He has soundly beaten a series […]

Is this America?

Is this America?

The violence and fear-mongering at political rallies in the United States is reaching levels not seen in modern history. A national candidate uses words that incite his supporters who are all too willing to throw a punch or epithat at those who deem to protest at those rallies. The same candidate asks his supporters to […]

A modern moral to Downton

A modern moral to Downton

Many Americans, myself included, have enjoyed PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre presentations, Downton Abbey being no exception.  A very old nation, specifically compared to our own, there would seem to be a nearly endless selection of subject matter from which to choose. Nevertheless, Downton Abbey just completed a six-year serialized presentation that ended like all dramas my […]

Working to make Oregon the best it can be

Working to make Oregon the best it can be

From the Capitol By BILL POST The Oregon state legislature just finished a grueling 32 day “short session” at the Capitol and I’m still recovering.  I am not very happy with much of the legislation we passed so I am now working very hard to get new folks elected in House seats all over the state […]

Dinner for all

Dinner for all

One of the best community events going on in Keizer these days is the Community Dinner held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Patterned after a similar program in Silverton, the Community Dinner in Keizer will feed up to 400 people. It is for anyone who wants to attend regardless of need. So far […]

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