Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

Can the Crystals honor more than 13 a year?

Can the Crystals honor more than 13 a year?

There are close to 5,000 employees who work for the Salem-Keizer School District, so it comes as an annual surprise when such a very tiny number of them are given special recognition by way of the Crystal Apple Award.  Surely, with all the millions upon millions of dollars spent through taxation here in the effort to provide a public […]

The all-Trump election

The all-Trump election

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Let me tell you about my life since Donald Trump won the Republican primary. I voted against Trump in June because of his history as an unreliable conservative and longtime supporter of big government. I voted for Libertarian Gary Johnson in the general election. Yet I have had this dark presence […]

Camp gone, homelessness isn’t

Camp gone, homelessness isn’t

Mike could sleep standing up. It wasn’t a parlor trick he’d learned to impress people, it was a survival skill. He’d spent much of his late teens and early twenties homeless and figured out that if he could find a 24-hour laundromat and leaned up against the dryers while they ran, it solved two problems: […]

Brown unenthusiastic choice

Brown unenthusiastic choice

By Gene McIntyre Oregon’s not unusual in terms of embracing one major U.S. political party and then the other. Take the last eighty years, late 1930s to the present day, and the reader will find that there have been eight Democrats and eight Republicans occupying the chief’s office in our capitol. It’s not like some elections for […]

Read between the lines on Measure 97

Read between the lines on Measure 97

By DON VOWELL You can’t vote maybe.  You can vote yes or no.  If your life is guided by political campaign ads you must believe that a yes vote for Measure 97 dooms us to higher taxes, loss of jobs, and crippling burdens for some Oregon-based businesses.  A no vote means a continuance of failing […]

It’s time to vote

It’s time to vote

From the Capitol By Rep. Bill Post It’s so good to be a Keizerite!  As I write this, I’ve just found out what you have no doubt already discovered, that we have a Winco/Waremart grocery store coming to Keizer!  I couldn’t be more excited. This town has proved over and over that it can support […]

Trump is not a Republican aberration

Trump is not a Republican aberration

By E.J. DIONNE JR. WASHINGTON — The lies and distortions that Donald Trump’s campaign messengers deploy to rationalize their candidate’s outrageousness are more typical of the last couple of decades of our politics than we’d like to admit. Especially revealing and infuriating are the efforts to use Al Gore as a human shield against the […]

Keizer City Council

Keizer City Council

There are elections for mayor and three city councilors next month. All but one of the four races have candidates running unopposed. That has been the trend in the city for the past several election cycles. The one contested race is for the council seat currently held by Mark Caillier, who was appointed to the […]

Never Hillary

Never Hillary

To the Editor: On Jan. 13, 2013, Hillary Clinton said, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Here are four reasons why Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be elected president: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods. Hillary lied after those four Americans died. Renee Dick Salem

A vicious debate indeed

A vicious debate indeed

To the Editor: For once a semi-positive letter about Hillary Clinton. I am sick of the witch hunt on Hillary Clinton. The Republicans have created scandals when there has been none. They make up false accusations and have a presidential candidate that says he is going to jail her when no criminal charges have never […]

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