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State fair memories

State fair memories

To the Editor: My husband and I missed the state fair last summer. Instead of dodging piles of sheep shearing and licking the sticky residue of cotton candy from our fingers, Steve and I were in Roatan, scuba diving and following groups (pods? schools? flocks?) of squid. It was almost too hot to go on […]

With rights come responsibilites

With rights come responsibilites

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL They sat perfectly still in their dress whites, eyes forward, with gloved hands uniformly at rest on their thighs as they listened to the commencement speaker.  It was surprising to have such military precision be so deeply moving.  Not one of them stole a look at their phone, […]

Is Putin turning clock back to 1939?

Is Putin turning clock back to 1939?

In 1938 Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain went to Hitler’s Germany with the intent to hug and kiss for a “lasting peace” in Europe. Chamberlain came away from the meeting to proclaim that through the Munich deal there would be “peace in our time.”  Incidentally, that just a few folks in Czechoslovakia would be annexed into Nazi Germany was part of the […]

Put yourself in an English learner’s shoes

Put yourself in an English learner’s shoes

By ERIC A. HOWALD This should be easier. Even before putting the pen to paper, I have to switch the pen back to my dominant hand—my right—just to see if I’m holding it correctly. I put the pen back in my left hand and it doesn’t feel or look the same. I have to repeat […]

Political cartoons out of bounds

Political cartoons out of bounds

To the Editor: Over the years that my family has subscribed to the Keizertimes, I had always been under the impression that its editor, a trained journalist, held to that most basic tenet of reporting the facts without bias. These last three weeks of editorial comics, however, have been a great reminder to me that […]

Many blessings

Many blessings

To the Editor: When I read last week’s article in the Keizertimes about depression, it made me pause and think about the things that are really important in life. Whatever the cause of depression, we must always remember that where there is breath, there is hope. I myself am familiar with hardships, in fact it’s […]

Roland Herrera

Roland Herrera

To the Editor: We first met Roland Herrera 30 years ago.  He has continually been active in the Keizer community, working on so many projects even he can’t remember all of them.  Because of that he was recognized as Keizer’s First Citizen, an honor well-deserved. Roland knows Keizer. Through his many activities and his work […]

Lesson of Ferguson tragedy: end racism

Lesson of Ferguson tragedy: end racism

The Ferguson, MO. story is viewed from this writer’s perspective as an American tragedy. Unfortunately, one of far too many tragedies when it comes to our citizens of African descent.  Urban riots have come and gone in Newark, Detroit, Cincinnati, Miami, Oakland, Los Angles and even Portland, on a smaller scale, but when the dust settles thereafter, we remain with […]

Ferguson, MO

Ferguson, MO

To the Editor: I must comment on the circus in Ferguson, Missouri. It was a tragedy when a white peace officer shot a black unarmed teenager. But before an investigation was completed and the circumstances were analyzed, rioting broke out. Trouble makers and hoodlums from as far away as New York appeared on the scene […]

Political cartoons

Political cartoons

To the Editor: As a native Oregonian, product of the Oregon school system, retired Army Nurse Corps veteran, wife, mother, grandmother and citizen of Keizer for more than 31 years, I have been incredibly proud to be an Oregonian. It has always been a thrill to come home from travels to this gorgeous place that […]

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