Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

Who will investigate Cylvia Hayes?

Who will investigate Cylvia Hayes?

In matters that represent integrity in Oregon state government, it would have been reassuring to the citizens if Governor John Kitzhaber’s employees, such as his spokesperson, Melissa Navas, and his aide, Mary Rowinski, would have resigned when they were asked to perform services for the governor’s fiancée, Cylvia Hayes, that were at least marginally outside of ethical conduct by state employees.  According to documents until recently […]

Aren’t we better than this?

Aren’t we better than this?

Will anyone ever answer for the decisions made that allowed America to be identified as a nation that tortures its enemies? The Senate Intelligence Committee’s Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program released on Tuesday is a shock to the system. For decades America was unlike many other countries in the world—we […]

Telling the truth doesn’t make one a racist

Telling the truth doesn’t make one  a racist

To the Editor: Kudos to Bill Quinn and Gene McIntyre for their remarks on the Ferguson, Mo.  protests in the Keizertimes in the Nov. 5 issue. They studied the facts and addressed them candidly and honestly. I suspect some will label them racist, when they simply stated the facts. Meanwhile, across the country, thousands haven’t […]

Good fences make good neighbors

Good fences make good neighbors

By RHONDA RICH You may ask after reading the article in last week’s Keizertimes, (Council clears buffer in KRP plan, Dec. 5), why is there so much talk about the “good neighbor buffer” at Keizer Rapids Park? I would like to clarify the reason for the request from the West Keizer Neighborhood Association in regards […]

The responsibility of the majority

The responsibility of the majority

“The minority is always aware of who they are in the presence of the majority.” – Mat Johnson I was at a writer’s conference in Seattle earlier this year when Johnson, an author, imparted that bit of wisdom upon a room packed full of writers seeking a deeper understanding of how to treat those who […]

Whose recipe for American greatness?

Whose recipe for American greatness?

Entertainment happened for me the other day while reading letters to the editor from another newspaper. The letter writer was, perhaps facetiously, commenting that his best advice to the Democratic party on what their proper candidate for president should be is that he or she “should love the Constitution, the free enterprise system, traditional family values, a powerful […]

Drugs in Keizer

Drugs in Keizer

Heroin use nation wide has reached alarming rates, destroying lives and ripping families apart. Law enforcement agencies are forced to use limited resources to fight the scourge. Each user gets to heroin on their own personal journey. Some graduate from other opiates, some via peer pressure, others out of sheer desperation to tune out their […]

Law enforcement

Law enforcement

To the Editor: If people of all colors would obey lawful commands of law-enforcement officers they would not be subjected to any kind of harsh treatment. It seems to me that these people have attitude problems or suffer from mental problems. They may even feel they are entitled. Sure, there are some cops that have […]

Shrinking the epidemic map

Shrinking the epidemic map

By MICHAEL GERSON My college roommate—the most immediately likable person I’ve ever met, a man who would now be such a present to the world—died of AIDS at the age of 30. Back then, people with the disease did not so much die as fade, becoming gaunt and ghostly images of themselves, as the virus […]

Rioting to make a point about race, police

Rioting to make a point about race, police

Are only the American soldiers able to use their weapons stationed overseas?  You’d think so after that highly disturbing night of looting local businesses and burning them to the ground in Ferguson, Mo.What a way to treat your neighbors, those just trying to make a living who had nothing to do with the death of the African-American teenager. In the meantime, Missouri’s […]

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