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KNOW thanks Keizer

KNOW thanks Keizer

To the Editor: As you read this, know that little hands are anxiously waiting to open their presents! Once again, Keizer Network of Women (Keizer Chamber of Commerce), have completed another year of service to our community.  267 children from Keizer were treated to warm clothing, toys, canned food, meat and fresh produce.  Months of […]

Cruz: The Maple Leaf candidate?

Cruz: The Maple Leaf candidate?

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS During the most recent presidential election, non-candidate Donald Trump crowned himself king of the “birther” movement, with his constant questions about whether President Barack Obama was born in Kenya or the United States. Now (it pains me to say) Trump is the GOP front-runner, and his closest challenger in the polls […]

A nation of guns and gun violence

A nation of guns and gun violence

Almost every day now there’s another dreadful shooting in America.  And that’s just counting the mass shootings where four or more Americans are shot. The San Bernardino executions add up to another one of these profoundly troubling events that are becoming too frequent and about which nothing but more talk has been accomplished. Democrats, including President Obama who will now try an […]

Gun control

Gun control

To the Editor: The debate about gun control goes on and on. There are many people who are terrified since the recent mass shootings. A lot of these people have gone out and bought hand guns for personal safety. Many have taken gun safety classes and have applied for a concealed hand gun license. I […]

Security over privacy

Security over privacy

We have all been horrified by scenes of carnage in places not much different than Keizer. Mass shootings have occured in such varied cities as San Bernardino, Newton, Colorado Springs and  Aurora. It doesn’t matter if the killings are a result of mental health, political or religious issues. The killings have occured in places local […]

Trust him?

Trust him?

It is hard to ignore Donald Trump. It is foolhardy to think that in the end cooler heads will prevail and his presidential candidacy will collapse under the weight of his positions and pronouncements. While Republican establishment candidates try to gain traction for their campaigns, the Trump juggernaut continues to grow. The people who attend […]

Parade marshal too politicized

Parade marshal too politicized

To the Editor: Thirteen years ago Dr. Bud Pierce saved my life, so I certainly  bear him no ill will—nor grudges  due to his party affiliation, which he and I used to converse about during my course of treatment with him. He and (wife) Selma have certainly done a lot for the citizens of Salem/ […]

Patience is not a virtue vs. terror

Patience is not a virtue vs. terror

By MICHAEL GERSON In his address to the nation on terrorism, President Obama warned against “tough talk.” On this, at least, no one can accuse him of hypocrisy. In the aftermath of recent attacks, Obama perfunctorily ticked off a series of inputs: airstrikes, arming and training Iraqi and Syrian forces, cooperating with allies on counterterrorism […]

I never want to see my dentist again

I never want to see my dentist again

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL All I got for Christmas was a new front tooth. So far. Actually I needed only to replace a chunk that broke out on the back side of the tooth.  It takes the discipline of a Zen Master to keep your tongue from ceaselessly probing, massaging, and exploring […]

Safety begins at home

Safety begins at home

The happiest time of the year can quickly turn dark if our home is struck by fire. During the holidays there is more cooking over the weeks of the season. Holiday decorations often include candles. We may use stand-alone room heaters during the cold nights. Christmas trees may call for extra electrical cords. All of […]

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