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The GOP vulgarians

The GOP vulgarians

By E.J. DIONNE JR. It was William Bennett, education secretary in the Reagan years and the Republican Party’s premier moralist, who embedded a phrase in the American consciousness when he bemoaned the fact that “our elites presided over an unprecedented coarsening of our culture.” Well, to borrow another famous phrase, it is Bennett’s party and […]

The effect of Trump on Republicans

The effect of Trump on Republicans

What kind of Republicans are in Keizer? There could be Trump Republicans, Cruz Republicans, or Rubio Republicans. Maybe Keizer leans more to Reagan Republicans, or Hatfield, McCall and Packwood Republicans. If you live in Keizer your interests in both the Oregon Senate and House of Representatives are championed by a Republican.  Both Bill Post and […]

Other people help to make us a success

Other people help to make us a success

Lately, I’ve been writing around on this opinion page, screaming the equivalent of “The British are coming!” It’s time to take a break from such mental meanderings and talk about a topic that’s much more calming. This topic has to do with a Harvard research discovery about the one thing most everyone needs to lead a happier, […]

The demagogue that America’s founders feared

The demagogue that America’s founders feared

By MICHAEL GERSON       “The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please; we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.” — Edmund Burke      WASHINGTON — As the unthinkable becomes likely, the question arises: Who is really to blame for Donald Trump?      The […]

Hearing Michigan’s angry voices

Hearing Michigan’s angry voices

By E.J. DIONNE JR.         WASHINGTON — Tuesday in Michigan was brought to you by white working-class men and the people from little towns and small cities. The outcome of a primary that shook the certainties in the Democratic presidential race while also ratifying the ongoing power of Donald Trump’s coalition of discontent was determined […]

The end of a parade

The end of a parade

It was exciting in 2011 when the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade migrated from Salem to Keizer. We have the Miracle of Christmas lighting display in the Gubser neighborhood. We have the annual Keizer Iris Festival parade. Having the Lights parade come to Keizer was a beautiful feather in our civic cap. Unfortunately, nothing lasts […]

A detrimental proposal

A detrimental proposal

By KAYLI HANLEY Agriculture. A way of life that dates back to America’s Founding Fathers. It is not only a lifestyle that allows people to produce food, it is a lifestyle that allows people to care for the land in such a way that the land is brought to its fullest potential. In Eastern Oregon, […]

Thank you, Uptown Music

Thank you, Uptown Music

To the Editor: On behalf of the Keizer Community Food Bank, I want to wish Paul Elliott and the Uptown Music staff  a happy anniversary for 25 years of service to the music community in Keizer and the Salem area. Also extended kudos for making their celebration party a fund raiser for the KCFB. Because […]

Trump’s destructive nationalism

Trump’s destructive nationalism

By MICHAEL GERSON  The main focus of Donald Trump’s media coverage has been his populist disdain for elites. But his main focus has often been a strident version of American nationalism. Trump has offered this explanation of his own ambitions: “The reason I’m thinking about [running for office],” he told the Conservative Political Action Conference […]

Will we see more citizen militias?

Will we see more citizen militias?

One supposes that Oregonians sleep more peacefully these nights knowing that not only have the occupiers of the wildlife refuge in Harney County given up the site, most of them are in jail and under indictment over their 41-day siege. Nevertheless, it’d be a whole lot more reassuring if we knew that the present moment brought us to a place where […]

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