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To the Class of 2014

To the Class of 2014

High school and college graduates, you’ll hear a lot of words at your ceremonies. Words about choice, duty, dreams and the lot. Above all, listen to the words in your heart. Be productive, be kind and be happy. You’ll be congratulated for navigating years of high school or college; you’ll be told that you are […]

Bring history alive

Bring history alive

Several years ago the Oral History of Keizer project was going strong. Led by the Keizer Points of Interest Committee, older Keizerites were interviewed on camera about our city. Interviewed subjects talked about the origins of Keizer’s cherished organizations such as Keizer Little League the Keizer Rotary Club and the Keizer Rural Fire District. This […]

KLL poison oak

KLL poison oak

To the Editor: I think it’s funny to read the sanitized version of what happened regarding the poison oak at Keizer Little League field.  The coach had no problem leaving his name, along with his poor wife’s picture covered in poison oak.  He tried for nearly two weeks talking to league officials and got nowhere […]

A vision for Keizer Rapids Park

A vision for Keizer Rapids Park

To the Editor: With the advent of bringing 58 acres of park land at Keizer Rapids Park into Keizer’s urban growth boundary, there is a great opportunity to revise the current plan and master plan the new acreage, “the filbert orchard area.” The city council and the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board are looking […]

What has become of wisdom?

What has become of wisdom?

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL Each day I expect to answer the bell and find wisdom on my doorstep, ready to move in.  With age was supposed to come wisdom.  Age has found me and is comfortably settled in but wisdom is somewhere delayed. “Many persons might have attained to wisdom had they […]

The most important day was the longest

The most important day was the longest

There were 36,525 days in the 20th century.  Which one stands out to you as most important?  My choice is “The Longest Day.” Arguably, one day among all the days in previous centuries can be singled out as most important. Some would say of the 1800s, for example, that it was July 3, 1863, and the Battle of Gettysburg.  In the 1700s, it’d have […]

The project that never starts?

The project that never starts?

So the Big Toy is being delayed. Again. It’s embarrassing, sad…and yet so predictable. Clint Holland has been vocal in his opposition to the delay, with the main concern being the 3,000 children who helped design the play structure were promised last fall the structure would be built this September. During the May 13 Keizer […]

Move on

Move on

U.S. District Court Judge Michael McShane’s ruling that Oregon’s referendum banning gay marriage is unconstitutional is welcome and should close the door on the discussion in Oregon. It’s time to move on to other issues that people can argue and debate about. Oregon becomes the 18th state to allow same-sex marriages; the writing has been […]

We cannot forget we are still at war

We cannot forget we are still at war

By CAMERON SMITH Every day I feel privileged to serve as the director of the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs. After three tours in Iraq as a Marine, I find great strength and solace in continuing to serve our military and veterans’ community. At the same time, I am humbled by the mission at hand. […]

Boko Haram hides behind religion

Boko Haram hides behind religion

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL Mother’s Day got me thinking about terrorism this year.  Like many of you I was humbled by the debt of gratitude owed my mother, the mother of my children, and all the mothers I know.  Then in Nigeria nearly 300 mothers had their children stolen. Until now “War […]

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