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The economy needs attention now

The economy needs attention now

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW President-elect Donald Trump’s transition continues to go smoothly. Actually, better than smoothly—confidently. More than confidently —transcendently. And to top it all off, the Dow is up 9 percent since the election, while economic-sensitive small caps have jumped nearly 16 percent. These are signs of Trump confidence. Hard-nosed investment manager Ray Dalio, founder […]

An equation for disaster?

An equation for disaster?

Americans have heard it more than once: “I’ll bet he is turning over in his grave,” when a matter occurs that we know would greatly upset a certain deceased person. I think of Alexander Hamilton when I think of a person from the past who’d likely be rolling over in his grave if such an […]

2016 is almost over. Whew.

2016 is almost over. Whew.

What’s that big sound? It is a collective, national exhaling at the relief that we are at the final week of the year.  Most would agree that 2016 was annus horribilis. The holidays well be a much needed distraction from the woes and worries of the world. This year brought too much suffering, anger, fighting, […]

Honoring human dignity

Honoring human dignity

By MICHAEL GERSON It is one of fate’s cruel jokes that conservatism should be at its modern nadir just as the Republican Party is at its zenith—if conservatism is defined as embracing limited government, displaying a rational, skeptical and moderate temperament and believing in the priority of the moral order. All these principles are related, […]

Real news and real local

Real news and real local

By DON VOWELL Merry Christmas, Keizertimes. As a community we are lucky to have such a healthy and civic-minded weekly paper as a vital organ.  Our family has lived in Keizer for a little over 30 years.  By a sort of contented default we’ve slowly learned to believe this is home. And Keizertimes is our […]

Enough revenue, not enough backbone

Enough revenue, not enough backbone

From the Capitol By Bill Post As we come to Christmas, I greatly hesitate to write about politics in this column but feel I must address an important item with the upcoming 2017 legislative session. First of all, when it comes to the governor’s budget we need to remember it’s not a budget but rather […]

Christmas story: A child and a movie

Christmas story: A child and a movie

Cute stories about American children and Christmas are seemingly endless.  One to add has come to the attention of my wife and myself during the past week. It is planned that a certain granddaughter will spend Christmas Eve with gramma and grampa. That’s the night, of course, during which tradition promises that Santa Claus will visit each child’s home […]

That time of the year

That time of the year

It is that time of year when people say “It’s that time of year to…” They mean it’s the time of year to be nice to others; to give to those less fortunate then ourselves. Toys and clothing are delivered to children in need in our region. Boxes of the makings of a holiday meal […]

Community spirit is alive

Community spirit is alive

To the Editor: It is Sunday morning, the day after the Keizer Chamber Foundation Giving Basket Program’s gifts were delivered, and the morning after the Keizer Chamber of Commerce Holiday Light Parade. Both were successful. Thank you to the Keizer Chamber Foundation, the members of both the Keizer Network of Women (KNOW) and Men of […]

What you wish for

What you wish for

To the Editor: Noam Chomsky would write, “It was ever thus,” but I am neither old nor smart enough to cite the historical precedent. What I can say is that never in my memory has the repudiation of government of, for and by the people been so obvious, so “in your face peasants.” One look […]

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