Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

Thanks to those who made Rib Feast a major success

Thanks to those who made Rib Feast a major success

To the Editor: Thank you for sharing our story of the Aug. 4 Rib Feast. However, Dan and I were not alone in our efforts and support of the Navy-Coast Guard Wounded Warriors. We personally want to thank Keizerites Maleah Richard (Kitchen Queen) and daughter Brittany, Linda Carbajal, Nancy Varner, Gene and Betty Olson, Dave […]

Rand Paul’s bogus outreach

Rand Paul’s bogus outreach

By MICHAEL GERSON Why should Republicans engage in outreach to African-Americans, even though the level of suspicion is so high and the yield in votes is likely to be so low? Even among some reform-oriented conservatives, what might be called the Kemp project—after the late Rep. Jack Kemp, who spent a career engaged in minority […]

Imagine a two-year break from D.C.

Imagine a two-year break from D.C.

How about a fantasy to occupy the reader’s fancy during the waning days of summer?  Here’s one that occurred to me on a torrid August day this past week. How about sending the 535 members of Congress, the president and nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court on leave along with their multitude of staffers until a […]

Smacked by reality in the Middle East

Smacked by reality in the Middle East

By MICHAEL GERSON So ends a foreign policy experiment that began with two choices in 2011. In that hinge year, President Obama decided to stay out of the Syrian conflict and to passively accept the withdrawal of all U.S. ground forces from Iraq (which he later claimed as a personal achievement during his re-election campaign). […]

Life’s little surprises, big & small

Life’s little surprises, big & small

A Box of Soap by Don Vowell You’ll be surprised to learn that an encounter with black-legged Kittiwakes is the key to happiness.  I never saw it coming. Think back to a meeting, event, appointment, or date you were dreading that actually turned out to be a pleasure.  Think back also to an outing you […]

Marking 69 years with nuclear bombs

Marking 69 years with nuclear bombs

Do you ever feel lucky to be alive?  Most people do, especially those who are well and happy, when they reflect on the notion from time to time that they are, as the colloquial expression goes, “glad to still be around.” I remind everyone that Aug. 6 marks the 69th anniversary of the first atomic bomb, a […]

Political cartoon tells wrong story

Political cartoon tells wrong story

To the Editor: I was shocked to see in my local newspaper such a false representation of the nation of Israel and its leader Benjamin Netanyahu, posed as the perpetrators of violence in the recent conflict with the terror group Hamas. While Israel is not perfect, the current conflict is not a complicated one to […]

November election in Keizer

November election in Keizer

To the Editor: How do you feel about having an election and you know the winner before you vote? I am referring to the election in Keizer when there may be no opposition for council positions and the mayoral spot. The people running for positions may be well suited for the job but it would […]

Gridlock and frustration

Gridlock and frustration

More than two-thirds of Americans think the country is on the wrong track. In all areas. Most feel that the country is still in a recession though many indicators show otherwise. Many are uneasy about our foreign policy, or lack of. In this unsettled climate will come the mid-term elections which promise to deliver low […]

Where is the GOP’s better deal?

Where is the GOP’s better deal?

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Businesses created more than 200,000 new jobs for the sixth straight month. Second-quarter gross domestic product rebounded by 4 percent from the winter-weather doldrums. And the Manufacturing ISM Report exceeded all expectations, with big gains in new orders and employment. So on the surface, the economy is looking better. And as a […]

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