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We should dump daylight savings time

We should dump daylight savings time

We humans are complicated creatures. We share a condition with virtually every other living thing, and that’s the internal clock, scientifically called the circadian rhythm.  For example, when you set your alarm clock for Daylight Savings Time, your body may not readily accept the change and what happens to wakefulness is due to the imposed change in your internal clock. Internal clocks […]

No alternative to hope

No alternative to hope

By E.J. DIONNE JR. President Obama has always had a thing about hope as an antidote to cynicism. The speech that made him a national figure, his keynote at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, is best known for his declaration that “there’s not a liberal America and a conservative America, there’s the United States of […]

Challenge also helped veterans

Challenge also helped veterans

To the Editor: I am a Vietnam veteran living with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease. I am submitting this letter in hopes of raising awareness of how this horrific disease is impacting our military veterans. What do ice buckets and veterans have in common? The press did an excellent […]

Silence is denial

Silence is denial

By DON VOWELL No matter what you think might have helped to prevent the shooting in Marysville, Wash., it will be fiercely rejected by some faction with political clout. Since there is no single, simple, and sure action we can all support that will prevent more school shootings, no action will be taken.  We can’t […]

Scottish parallels and differences

Scottish parallels and differences

My Scottish ancestors have been citizens of the United States for decades, going back to the Revolutionary War.  There must be traces of Scottish DNA that have survived to reach me through the years because I experienced considerable excitement a few weeks ago when the citizens of modern day Scotland came close to voting their independence, mainly from England, missing it by a close 55-45 […]

Only Reagan can be reason

Only Reagan can be reason

By MICHAEL GERSON     The Republican debate about the shape of the political future has begun, typically for conservatives, as a fight about the past. As President Obama has become a Jimmy Carter-like figure — hapless, luckless and increasingly friendless — most prospective GOP presidential candidates are positioning themselves as Ronald Reagan’s rightful heir. […]

Mark your ballot

Mark your ballot

It could not be easier for citizens to vote in Oregon elections. The ballots come in the mail to registered voters. The ballots can be returned through the mail or dropped off at convienent ballot sites outside the Keizer Civic Center (you don’t even have to get out of your vehicle) and at the U.S. […]

Increases under two percent?

Increases under two percent?

To the Editor: The news recently was that there would be a 1.7 percent increase in the Social Security cost of living soon. It was noted that the increase would be the third time in a row that the increase would be below 2 percent. The news given was that the inflation rate has also […]

Support for Bill Post

Support for Bill Post

To the Editor: I want to encourage residents in House District 25 to cast your vote for Bill Post. Bill has been serving our community in numerous ways for many years. I’ve known Bill personally for almost 15 years. Back when our sons were going through Little League baseball, I had the opportunity to watch […]

Trust Rep. Thatcher

Trust Rep. Thatcher

To the Editor: I want to assure my fellow citizens that you can trust Representative Kim Thatcher, who is running for Oregon Senate District 13. I’ve known Kim and her husband, Karl, for seven years and they are dedicated, honest citizens working to improve government. You may have read recent news about them suing ODOT […]

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