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Who are we planning for?

Who are we planning for?

Commercial development in Keizer, especially along its main thoroughfare, River Road, is uneven at best. Undeniably there is new development: the new Starbucks with a drive through; Willamette Valley Appliance (nee Mole’s) has remodeled and relocated to a larger space at River Road and Sunset Drive. The new owners of Schoolhouse Square, at River and […]

Will GOP repudiate Trump’s cruelty?

Will GOP repudiate Trump’s cruelty?

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Republican politicians face a choice. They can accept Hillary Clinton’s invitation to abandon Donald Trump and prevent a redefinition of their party as a haven for bigotry. Or they can prop Trump up, try to maximize his vote—and thereby tarnish themselves for a generation. If there were any doubts about Trump’s […]

Both candidates leave one to wonder

Both candidates leave one to wonder

The fanciest word I found to label myself during the past two weeks is masochist or a person who is gratified by self-imposed pain.  While I did not sit glued to a TV throughout every minute of the two convention’s proceedings, I did muster the fortitude, by what’s believed self-denied means, to listen to almost every word each […]

Clinton takes the fight to Trump

Clinton takes the fight to Trump

By E.J. DIONNE JR.       PHILADELPHIA — Charging that Donald Trump “wants us to fear the future and fear each other,” Hillary Clinton took him on with the most powerful line in her party’s tradition.      “Well, a great Democratic president, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, came up with the perfect rebuke to Trump more than 80 […]

A choice between the uninspiring and the unfit

A choice between the uninspiring and the unfit

By MICHAEL GERSON       WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s convention week featured two of the most effective communicators in the Democratic Party offering different images of the nominee. In Bill Clinton’s version, she is a “change-maker” who has “never been satisfied with the status quo.” In Barack Obama’s telling, she has the “intelligence” and “judgment” to […]

There are no small parts

There are no small parts

By LYNDON ZAITZ In my mind, all the world’s my stage; I perform on it every day. But sometimes I have a need to appear on an actual theatrical stage. Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s (KHT) annual Shakespeare in the Park fits the bill. Earlier this month, I performed in my fifth consecutive production on the Keizer […]

Korean War: 63 years later

Korean War: 63 years later

To the Editor: July 27, 2016 marks the 63rd anniversary of the ceasefire of the Korean War (the “Forgotten War” that is technically still going on). To date, no peace treaty has been signed. A ceasefire went into effect at 10 p.m. July 27, 1953, which required all troops to begin dismantling and vacating their […]

Reply to Don Vowell

Reply to Don Vowell

To the Editor: I might agree with a few statements from Don Vowell’s column (Stuck between two extremes, July 22) but not in whole. I don’t agree that Hillary Clinton is extreme. She offers up mostly middle of the road stands on issues and in some cases very progressive stances. That is not a bad […]

Mayor is correct

Mayor is correct

To the Editor: Mayor Cathy Clark recently brought up the subject of taxes and asked questions about what the city can currently afford and what the future demands may be for additional tax revenue. A mayor and city governments must ask these questions to be responsible and effective with their leadership. Especially with a growing […]

Astoria Column is a summer must-see

Astoria Column is a summer must-see

Thoughts about my home town were inspired a few days ago by way of a short article in The Oregonian about one of Astoria’s landmarks.  The Astoria Column’s official dedication occurred 90 years ago on July 22, 1926. The column was built at the instigation of the president of the Great Northern Railway, Ralph Budd, who held […]

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