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Is this America?

Is this America?

The violence and fear-mongering at political rallies in the United States is reaching levels not seen in modern history. A national candidate uses words that incite his supporters who are all too willing to throw a punch or epithat at those who deem to protest at those rallies. The same candidate asks his supporters to […]

A modern moral to Downton

A modern moral to Downton

Many Americans, myself included, have enjoyed PBS’s Masterpiece Theatre presentations, Downton Abbey being no exception.  A very old nation, specifically compared to our own, there would seem to be a nearly endless selection of subject matter from which to choose. Nevertheless, Downton Abbey just completed a six-year serialized presentation that ended like all dramas my […]

Working to make Oregon the best it can be

Working to make Oregon the best it can be

From the Capitol By BILL POST The Oregon state legislature just finished a grueling 32 day “short session” at the Capitol and I’m still recovering.  I am not very happy with much of the legislation we passed so I am now working very hard to get new folks elected in House seats all over the state […]

Dinner for all

Dinner for all

One of the best community events going on in Keizer these days is the Community Dinner held on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Patterned after a similar program in Silverton, the Community Dinner in Keizer will feed up to 400 people. It is for anyone who wants to attend regardless of need. So far […]

The GOP vulgarians

The GOP vulgarians

By E.J. DIONNE JR. It was William Bennett, education secretary in the Reagan years and the Republican Party’s premier moralist, who embedded a phrase in the American consciousness when he bemoaned the fact that “our elites presided over an unprecedented coarsening of our culture.” Well, to borrow another famous phrase, it is Bennett’s party and […]

The effect of Trump on Republicans

The effect of Trump on Republicans

What kind of Republicans are in Keizer? There could be Trump Republicans, Cruz Republicans, or Rubio Republicans. Maybe Keizer leans more to Reagan Republicans, or Hatfield, McCall and Packwood Republicans. If you live in Keizer your interests in both the Oregon Senate and House of Representatives are championed by a Republican.  Both Bill Post and […]

Other people help to make us a success

Other people help to make us a success

Lately, I’ve been writing around on this opinion page, screaming the equivalent of “The British are coming!” It’s time to take a break from such mental meanderings and talk about a topic that’s much more calming. This topic has to do with a Harvard research discovery about the one thing most everyone needs to lead a happier, […]

The demagogue that America’s founders feared

The demagogue that America’s founders feared

By MICHAEL GERSON       “The effect of liberty to individuals is that they may do what they please; we ought to see what it will please them to do, before we risk congratulations.” — Edmund Burke      WASHINGTON — As the unthinkable becomes likely, the question arises: Who is really to blame for Donald Trump?      The […]

Hearing Michigan’s angry voices

Hearing Michigan’s angry voices

By E.J. DIONNE JR.         WASHINGTON — Tuesday in Michigan was brought to you by white working-class men and the people from little towns and small cities. The outcome of a primary that shook the certainties in the Democratic presidential race while also ratifying the ongoing power of Donald Trump’s coalition of discontent was determined […]

The end of a parade

The end of a parade

It was exciting in 2011 when the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade migrated from Salem to Keizer. We have the Miracle of Christmas lighting display in the Gubser neighborhood. We have the annual Keizer Iris Festival parade. Having the Lights parade come to Keizer was a beautiful feather in our civic cap. Unfortunately, nothing lasts […]

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