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Marketplace will decide wages

Marketplace will decide wages

Increasing the minimum wage and income inequality will continue to dominate the news in 2016. It is expected that income inequality will take center stage during the presidential nominating and general election campaigns. Income inequality is not something that will be corrected by protests in the street; it would take systemic changes in tax laws, […]

Paint part of the mural

Paint part of the mural

To the Editor: The Keizer  Mural, located on the long exterior wall of Town and Country Lanes,  is developing with great community input and involvement.  A number of local people are designing the individual images and will soon create a collage with the  numerous elements of the Keizer Iris Parade. Keizer Public  Arts  Commission (KPAC) and Keizer Arts […]

Gesture brings smile to my face

Gesture brings smile to my face

To the Editor: One afternoon in the the summer of 2013, I had a very brief exchange with someone whose name I still don’t know, but I think about him often and would love to thank him for brightening my day with his inspiring attitude. I had just entered the Keizer Civic Center and was […]

Bernie Sander’s lessons for capitalists

Bernie Sander’s lessons for capitalists

By E.J. DIONNE JR. There is an irony to the presidential candidacy of Bernie Sanders: The senator from Vermont is often cast as exotic because he calls himself a “democratic socialist.” Yet the most important issue in politics throughout the Western democracies is whether the economic and social world that social democrats built can survive […]

Want an outsider for president? Consider Musk

Want an outsider for president? Consider Musk

It is reported and polls show many Americans want a person elected president who’s not a politician. Not someone who’s a member of the so-called “establishment” or those folks who year-after-year make certain one of their favorite cronies is elected to the highest political office in the land. I join those who want an outsider elected […]

Wish list

Wish list

Sadly, the 2015 holiday season is slowing ebbing away. The Christmas gifts have been opened, the wrapping recycled and the tree is beginning to look a little forlorn. The time between Christmas and New Year’s Day is spent by many looking forward to the coming 12 months, some people make resolutions (and stick to them). […]

Back on the job

Back on the job

By MARK GLYZEWSKI “Without my back I could not do this job,” said Greg Biben, a firefighter/paramedic with the Keizer Fire District for the past 14 years. Unfortunately, Biben hurt his back while on the job on two different occasions. The first was in 2012 while lifting a man onto a stretcher. Biben ended up with […]

Which party loves the USA?

Which party loves the USA?

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Which political party loves America? Not the United States that once existed, but the flesh-and-blood nation that we all live in now. The debates we have witnessed —too few and far between for the Democrats, frequent enough for the Republicans to constitute a new reality TV show—have provided an incontestable answer […]

Gap in incomes gets wider and wider

Gap in incomes gets wider and wider

Should we in any way be concerned that middle income Americans are no longer America’s economic majority?  Concerned or not, it is reported that the middle income set is no longer the economic majority as there are now more low-income and high-income Americans than there are people earning middle incomes. According to a PEW Research Center report, there were 120.8 million adults […]

Every tradition is important

Every tradition is important

By LYNDON ZAITZ I don’t mind that the holiday season began months ago. Some decry the Christmas displays in various retail stores, starting as early as August or September. “It starts earlier every year!” some exclaim. Others repeat the new saw: “The holidays have become too commercialized.” Yeah, well…bah humbug on those sentiments.The holidays come […]

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