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The gravity of the situation

The gravity of the situation

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL Today we’ll explain gravity.  We’ll leave more current issues to more qualified commentators—as if there is a more current issue than gravity.  As you read this you are doubtless relying on gravity to prevent you from flying off the chair into near space. The qualifications for explaining gravity […]

Chemeketa search should irk taxpayers

Chemeketa search should irk taxpayers

Not much has been heard from of late by way of the shenanigan-ridden Willamette Education Service District (WESD). Has Chemeketa Community College (CCC) grabbed that baton and will it now march it through the streets and byways of the area the college serves?  The latest out of CCC is that its leadership has decided to make a move that smells […]

Support can’t falter with apts. nixed

Support can’t falter with apts. nixed

Many people in Keizer were sure the fix was in. They voiced the opinion that the city council had made up its made in favor of building 120 apartments in three-story buildings at the Herber property on Verda Lane (affectionally called the cow pasture). The council chambers was filled with residents on Tuesday, Sept. 2, […]

No to open primaries

No to open primaries

To the Editor: I used to live in a state with an open primary (Washington).  It sounds pretty good—in theory.  In practice it can be something else. In the primary, parties with a strong candidate sometimes found themselves encouraging their members to vote for a weak candidate of the other party to improve the odds […]

Does Thatcher deserve Keizer’s vote?

Does Thatcher deserve Keizer’s vote?

To the Editor: Our current state representative, Kim Thatcher, is running for state senator. She has been in the state legislature for several years.  Before I could vote for her I would like to know what she has done for Keizer. As far as I know, she has done very little. I hope she will […]

Obama beyond the sound bite

Obama beyond the sound bite

By E.J. DIONNE JR. In 1937, Franklin Roosevelt went to Chicago to give one of the most celebrated speeches of his presidency. Pushing against isolationist sentiment, he condemned the “unjustified interference in the internal affairs of other nations” and “the invasion of alien territory in violation of treaties.” He didn’t mention Nazi Germany, fascist Italy […]

U.S. feasting on Iraq ‘cakewalk’

U.S. feasting on Iraq ‘cakewalk’

When we Americans think about the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria and wonder when they will strike us at home, we have George W. Bush and Dick Cheney to thank for the creation of a new “caliphate,” defined as a uniting of the Muslim world with ISIS serving as its leader. Those two master […]

Political cartoons

Political cartoons

To the Editor: I find it troubling. Two fairly lengthy letters to the editor last week (Keizertimes, Aug. 29) on political cartoons bashed the publisher for his poor taste and radical Saul Alinsky leanings  in printing said cartoons.  I don’t understand the fuss. Political cartoons, by nature, are satirical and often imply philosophical questions on […]

Koch brothers influence

Koch brothers influence

To the Editor: I would like to recognize the Koch brothers for spending some of their billion dollars trying to influence how we vote in Oregon. It has been well documented that these billionaire brothers continue to try to manipulate how people vote in many state and federal elections. The reason they are spending their […]

Roland Herrera for city council

Roland Herrera for city council

To the Editor: It is my extreme pleasure to endorse Roland Herrera for the Keizer City Council. For the 25 years I’ve known Roland, he has worked tirelessly in behalf of the city and its citizens – especially the young people. Years ago when we took the sixth grade students at Cummings Elementary to Outdoor […]

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