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Result of Democratic infighting in Salem

Result of Democratic infighting in Salem

I have been struck by the impression of Senator Peter Courtney (D) and Rep. Tina Kotek (D). They come across as unfriendly and grouchy. Whatever the case, one is now the longest-serving Senate president (Courtney), while the other is the Speaker of the House (Kotek). As the 2015 session proceeded through fits and starts and then came to its end, the […]

Obama throws open 46 cell doors at last

Obama throws open 46 cell doors at last

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal drug offenders last Monday. In his first term, Obama issued one meager commutation; he was arguably the stingiest modern president when it came to the exercise of his pardon authority. Now, White House spokesman Josh Earnest noted, the president has issued 89 commutations—more […]

Ed Dougherty

Ed Dougherty

To the Editor: Ed Dougherty was an icon. For years in the Salem-Keizer area and beyond, Ed touched many lives through EJD Enterprises. Ed along with his wife,  Jan, worked together for years to bring concerts and events to the people of our community. Some of the greatest musicians from the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and […]

I fought the good fight this year

I fought the good fight this year

From the Capitol by Bill Post The legislative session just came to a close and as your state representative, I wanted to take a moment to fill you in on some of the highlights from the past months. You may remember that this is my first time representing you in Salem, and it has been […]

The flag that still divides the nation

The flag that still divides the nation

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll of 1,000 adults conducted in June revealed that 42 percent of those polled view the “Stars and Bars,” the most popular among the flags of the Confederacy, as a racist symbol of hate that should be removed from state flags and other official locations.  Another 42 percent among those polled see it […]

Attracting business

Attracting business

Economic development in Keizer too often focuses on tourists and visitors. The large playground at Keizer Rapids Park is supposed to, in part, attract visitors to Keizer from throughout the region. Stuffing soccer and softball fields in that same park is supposed to appeal to tourneys that would bring people into our city, spending money […]

Violence calls for better solutions

Violence calls for better solutions

In a population exceeding 300 million, the number 87 seems small and insignificant. Meanwhile, NBC’s news research department reports that, every day, an average of 289 Americans are shot with 87 shot dead. On the receiving end of bullets, it happens to 100,000 Americans per year on average.  Consequently, one cannot help but wonder:  “When is my number […]

Cooling stations for Keizer

Cooling stations for Keizer

This summer promises to be a hot season here in the Willamette Valley. We’ve already seen a hotter June than normal and we expect to see high temperatures in the coming months. How are those residents without benefit of air conditioning to fare during 85, 90, 95 or 100 degree days? People who have option […]

Eight hands, two shovels, one pool

Eight hands, two shovels, one pool

By LYNDON ZAITZ When the Zaitz family moved from Keizer to the Los Angeles area in early 1973 it moved into a house in Redondo Beach; it had partial views of downtown LA and if you craned your neck just right you could see the ocean. It sat on a corner in a nice, quiet […]

The responsibilities of liberty

The responsibilities of liberty

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL A wise editor once advised me not to respond to the inevitable criticisms.  Martin Doerfler’s able and concise response to the most recent backlash relieves me of that need. But since that original piece we’ve had another sickeningly stupid shooting.  A young man entered a church and shot […]

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