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On ebola, hard choices

On ebola, hard choices

By MICHAEL GERSON Here is what officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health have been telling us: America has some Ebola infections (and is likely to see more) but America does not have an Ebola outbreak, which is extremely unlikely in a health system capable of basic […]

What’s happened to civility and sense?

What’s happened to civility and sense?

I see a rather dramatic decrease in civility and common sense almost everywhere I go.  Let’s start with a couple of definitions.  Any dictionary will define civility as civilized conduct, courteous, polite behavior while common sense means sound and prudent judgment based on an accurate perception of the situation or pertinent facts. Sports events were once the kind […]

Where’s money for playground?

Where’s money for playground?

Less than a year ago the excitement in Keizer was palpable as kids and community leaders considered designs for the propossed big playground at Keizer Rapids Park. A New York-based consultant was hired at more than $30,000 to lead the community build task force in getting design input from the end-users of the playgrond—Keizer children. […]

Chuck Lee is the right choice

Chuck Lee is the right choice

To the Editor: We have known Chuck Lee since our daughter started middle school at Blanchet about 12 years ago. Since then, Chuck moved into a house down the street and has been our neighbor, city councilor and friend for many years.  We have been impressed with his memory of the children he knew at […]

Negative ads suppress enthusiasm

Negative ads suppress enthusiasm

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL The author of an outraged letter to the editor in one of last week’s morning papers claimed that Sen. Jeff Merkley’s negative campaign ads had driven him to declare his vote for Monica Wehby regardless of their respective stance on the issues. Huh?  My TV watching is restricted […]

Two cheers for Obama, not three

Two cheers for Obama, not three

By MICHAEL GERSON     It is a long, long way from the “JV team” to the “network of death.” It is even longer from the arguments of President Obama’s 2014 West Point commencement address—which ridiculed “tough talk,” criticized a “military solution” in Syria and ignited various straw men of military adventurism—to the substance of […]

Mural, mural on the wall

Mural, mural on the wall

Keizer’s first public mural on the western wall of Keizer Florist will be dedicated on Wednesday, Oct. 1. This will be what is promised to be the first of a number of murals that someday will decorate our community. The Keizer Art Association was instrumental in bringing the mural about. They cited the famed murals […]

Columnist is wrong on search

Columnist is wrong on search

To the Editor:  I would like to offer my thoughts on Mr. Gene McIntyre’s opinion of the Chemeketa Community College selection process concerning choosing a president (Chemeketa search should irk taypayers, Keizertimes, Sept. 19). I served for 18 years on the Chemeketa Board and as chair of the board. I was greatly involved in the […]

Keizer’s future

Keizer’s future

To the Editor: In a past issue of the Keizertimes we learned our city is forever stuck with a $2.08 maximum property tax. With the proceeds generated from that tax, our city council has to split tax money to provide a city administration, public buildings, public works, public parks and an adequate police force. Our […]

One bill? So what?

One bill? So what?

To the Editor: So Senator Jeff Merkley has written only one bill—now why is that a bad thing?  And it seems a bit surprising that this is perceived negatively by those who who oppose government intrusion into their lives. Art Burr Keizer

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