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Those who disagree are not enemies

Those who disagree are not enemies

The murder of five police officers in downtown Dallas, Texas by a frustrated and radical former Army Reserve private is tragic. The officers were patrolling a peaceful Black Lives Matter protest after police shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota. Though every police officer takes their lives into their hands each time they don the uniform and […]

Men of Keizer and Rotary volunteers

Men of Keizer and Rotary volunteers

To the Editor: I’d like to thank several members of Keizer service groups for their volunteer help over the 4th of July weekend at Antique Powerland. Two groups assisted: Keizer Rotary and Men of Action (a Keizer Chamber of Commerce group). Members who volunteered were: Betty Hart and Alex Miller (and son) from Rotary Club […]

America needs smart law enforcement

America needs smart law enforcement

By JOHN TEAGUE The July 7 events in Dallas, Texas can’t help but evoke something. I’m not especially given to sadness or grief; I have another, rather undefined emotion, and I hear other cops who share mine: it’s akin to consternation mixed with a bit of dread, and not so much for us cops as […]

Trump has credibility on NATO remarks

Trump has credibility on NATO remarks

The world’s largest military alliance met in Warsaw last week.  The largest agenda item was money. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) has been pushing long and hard for more spending by its members. Just last year, the alliance increased defense spending for the first time in 20 years. However, the fly in the organization’s machinery is […]

Put a market at transit center

Put a market at transit center

There have been several attempts in the past to bring a farmers market to Keizer. The last iteration was at Chalmers Jones Park—behind the Keizer Civic Center. That space is very nice public square but it is behind the center. There is a better space to try a market again, one that would be highly […]

Church thanks community

Church thanks community

To the Editor: Truth Tabernacle Church and Truth Tabernacle Christian Academy would like to express our gratitude to the communities of Salem & Keizer for their donations to our 18th Annual 30 Kilometer Bike-A-Thon that was held on June 4th. It was a tremendous success and we thank you for your support. Jessica M. Anderson […]

Support for Bud Pierce

Support for Bud Pierce

To the Editor: As a native Oregonian, I have become disappointed with my state government. There was a time when our state government listened to the people of Oregon. But in the last 20 plus years those elected (and appointed) have been controlled by big money and special interest groups. The mind-set seems to be […]

Confronting both nostalgia and amnesia

Confronting both nostalgia and amnesia

By E.J. DIONNE JR. The haunting U2 lyric, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” captures what many Americans seem to feel about politics in 2016. And a lot of us are looking backward. Donald Trump’s pledge to make our country great again captures the longing of some of his supporters for a time […]

Public officials should set standard

Public officials should set standard

Sometimes, a two-word descriptive phrase can communicate equal to a 100 word paragraph. Consider the phrase “political hack.”  It can be used in a number of contexts but in this column it references a political office holder who may be best described as having displayed ethically-deficient behavior. Case in point comes from a newspaper story out of Salem reporting that State […]

Yes, Keizer is safe

Yes, Keizer is safe

By CATHY CLARK Are we safe? I have heard that very sincere question many times as we have read reports of crimes committed at our local businesses this week. Our police chief has stated that folks in our community who do not live a high risk lifestyle, i.e. drug dealing, sex-trafficking, theft, or gangs, are […]

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