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Lottery revenue lets business off tax hook

Lottery revenue lets business off tax hook

The Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) of Silverton has lobbied the state’s government since 1990 on budget, tax and economic issues with a goal “to improve decision-making and generate more opportunities for all Oregonians.”  Over its lifetime, it has weighed in on how certain policies like welfare assistance programs, taxes, minimum wages and unemployment […]

Anti-Muslim rhetoric profits the enemy

Anti-Muslim rhetoric profits the enemy

By MICHAEL GERSON  After the Brussels murders, and the Paris murders, and the San Bernardino murders and dozens of previous, tragic iterations of innocent blood on the sidewalk, the two leading Republican candidates for president propose to finally get tough on terrorism. In Ted Cruz’s view, America is “voluntarily surrendering to the enemy to show […]

Would The Donald govern like Arnold?

Would The Donald govern like Arnold?

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS They’re both iconic figures in American culture who are known by their first names. California’s former governor is Arnold. The GOP presidential front-runner is The Donald. We Californians who lived through Arnold’s two terms in the governor’s office have watched The Donald’s presidential campaign unfold with a sense of deja vu. […]

Build a WinCo here and we will come

Build a WinCo here and we will come

To the Editor: My husband and I just read the “One Grocery Store” article in the Keizertimes of March 18. I am 70 years old and my husband is 89 years old. I have lived in Keizer since 1970. When we first moved to Keizer, Orcutts was open, and we shopped there without regard to […]

Seeking sanity from sea of hyperbole

Seeking sanity from sea of hyperbole

I’ve a hunch in this season of political campaigning, that many an American seeks sanity from the storm of hyperbole that’s out there every day now.  A lot of concern has to do with the rather open-ended, undefined or sketchy, difficult-to-imagine-coming-to-fruition promises that some of those who want to be president are throwing out there […]

It’ll be a lemony day

It’ll be a lemony day

Imagine a Sunday in the very near future. Now imagine being able to sample lemonade at stands throughout Keizer and Salem on that day. Lemonade that is the product of the creative imagination of kids throughout the region. That Sunday, May 1, is Lemonade Day, a national project that teaches kids how to be little […]

Can voters really trust Donald Trump?

Can voters really trust Donald Trump?

To the Editor: Let’s admit it: Donald Trump has an uncanny skill for branding and marketing. How else do you explain the personality cult that has grown significantly around his campaign, except by looking at his expertise as the CEO of a notable company? He is, as are his supporters, under the impression that his […]

Empty promises of Trump and Sanders

Empty promises of Trump and Sanders

By MICHAEL GERSON In a time of brushfire populism, the problem is not the populace, it is the populists who seek to lead it. The two candidates who call themselves revolutionaries—Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump—are, in fact, backward looking, intellectually timid and unresponsive to the real needs of the working and middle classes. This judgment […]

Time to stop clock-changing madness

Time to stop clock-changing madness

A couple of weeks have passed since we were put upon again by this mindless moving of our clocks ahead in spring and back in the fall. Everyone who survived can forget about it for awhile. Rather than resign to daylight saving time, I argue, the best response to this matter is to ask: Why […]

The stain of accommodating Trump

The stain of accommodating Trump

By MICHAEL GERSON      WASHINGTON — Whatever you think of Donald Trump, his political achievement is enormous, and he deserves the credit.      With no background in elected office, Trump has led the Republican presidential field for eight months. His strong plurality has proven to be demographically and geographically diverse. He has soundly beaten a series […]

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