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Salaries

Salaries

City Councilor Joe Egli was right when he voiced concern over, and voted against, the recent salary survey for the city manager and city attorney positions with Keizer. He voiced concerns about the process including step increases and the cities that were included such as Lake Oswego and West Linn, two cities that are decidedly […]

Romney has done enough for GOP

Romney has done enough for GOP

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews he thinks that Mitt Romney will run for president in 2016 and that “he will be the next president of the United States.” The former Massachusetts governor lost the GOP primary in 2008 and then the general election in 2012. What would his […]

How do we get seniors to mentor kids?

How do we get seniors to mentor kids?

Not that long ago, “senior” Americans volunteered in our schools and did so only to benefit from some heart-felt thanks.  Almost always under a teacher’s supervision, whose work they labored to supplement, their purpose was to help children learn to read, write and use numbers. Seniors working with kids in a school setting has been mainly viewed as a good-fit with successful relationships the pay off.  They’ve provided children one-on-one attention while feeling appreciated, that having been the standard of older persons […]

Think twice on cow pasture

Think twice on cow pasture

People are passionate about green, open spaces, especially in an urban setting. That passion was on display at a hearing in June about zoning and other changes at private property many affectionately call ‘the cow pasture.’ The property sits on the west side of Verda Lane between Chemawa Road and Dearborn Avenue. It has been […]

If it’s hot, turn fountain on

If it’s hot, turn fountain on

The city of Keizer should see to it that the splash fountain at Chalmers Jones Park at the Keizer Civic Center is always operating during the hottest days, regardless of employee schedules. The fountain is turned on when temperatures reach 75 degrees. Last week during a very hot Monday and Tuesday the fountain did not […]

Under the good-jobs-report hood

Under the good-jobs-report hood

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Good news for the American worker: Employment in June surged 288,000, with a 262,000 gain in the private sector, easily beating the consensus forecast of 215,000 new payrolls. This marks the fifth consecutive monthly increase of 200,000 or more jobs, the best five-month stretch since early 2006. As for the unemployment rate, […]

It is time to focus on internal problems

It is time to focus on internal problems

The steamiest topic here at home these days appears to be the immigration issue. Tens of thousands of Central Americans crossing into the U.S. along the border with Mexico has reached red hot status. Meanwhile, millions of Americans are equally upset over the U.S. return militarily to Iraq, our nation weary of war overseas with its futile loss and […]

Celebrate the Constitution

Celebrate the Constitution

America celebrates its 238th birthday this Independence Day weekend. There will be fireworks, picnics, parades, concerts, speeches, flags and more across the country. Not many people will be thinking about the founding fathers as they grill hot dogs and eat potato salad. That’s a shame. We could use a healthy dose of what the fathers […]

GOP won’t pass immigration reform

GOP won’t pass immigration reform

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The New York Times reports that House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy is considered “the best hope” to win passage of a comprehensive immigration reform bill in Congress after he becomes majority leader in July. It’s sort of quaint how the Gray Lady wants to believe in miracles. If a comprehensive bill—such […]

Iraq: Managing the unmanageable

Iraq: Managing the unmanageable

U.S. involvement in the Middle East reads like this, “It’s too late to drain the swamp when you’re up to your waist in alligators.”  According to polls, most Americans feel strongly in favor of getting away from the Middle East as fast as we can and leaving any draining of that “swamp” to persons who live […]

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