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Anything but boots on the ground

Anything but boots on the ground

To the Editor: Things are happening so fast in the Middle East right now and our options are so limited that it is difficult to see what the United States can and should do to protect its interests and the unfortunate people caught in the middle.  Too, the wrong actions on our part could very […]

An educational use for pasture?

An educational use for pasture?

In the 1980s we Americans were reminded by a national leader, then-House Speaker Tip O’Neill, that “All politics is local.”  A corollary of sorts to that fact is that personal opinion on local matters often trumps everything else on the advantages of selecting the right place to call “home.” As anyone can attest from the traffic increase, Keizer is evermore frequently called “home” these days.  And, like fellow […]

Conventional wisdom is neither

Conventional wisdom is neither

Two weeks have passed and wisdom still hasn’t arrived.  My parents’ generation has been called “The Greatest Generation.” Do you suppose wisdom enabled them to produce 30 years’ unparalleled expansion of middle class wealth and opportunity?  I can’t remember my parents being actively engaged in national or global politics, or being expected to.  Did they […]

Building on the cow pasture

Building on the cow pasture

The first steps are being taken for a residential development on Verda Lane between Chemawa Road and Dearborn Avenue. Many people will recognize that land as the place where the cows lazily graze. Keizer’s hearings officer held a public hearing regarding plan map and zone map changes for that property on Thursday night. The city’s […]

Know something, say something

Know something, say something

After the shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale this week,  media quoted many parents and students saying they never thought it could happen there. It’s safe to assume that people said that about a movie theater, a small college town on a balmy evening, a university campus. Everyone presumes they are safe from such […]

Community colleges’ lost mission

Community colleges’ lost mission

By Gene McIntyre There are public education entities that have proven themselves tried and true over the years of Oregon’s statehood, getting underway well over a century ago in 1859.  First and foremost, it has been and remains fundamentally important that our children learn how to read, write and work numbers and the public elementary school, usually grades […]

The hero and the bad guys

The hero and the bad guys

By SUSAN ESTRICH Last week, Bowe Bergdahl was a hero, and the five members of the Taliban being freed in exchange for him were the worst of the worst. By the end of the week, it seemed that neither is actually true. The parade in Bergdahl’s Idaho hometown was canceled. Four of the five aren’t […]

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 […]

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