Archive for the Category ‘Opinions’

Empty spaces

Empty spaces

It has been suggested that, once formed, members of the proposed Keizer Economic Development Commission (KEDC) get on a bus and take an inventory of vacant office and retail spaces in the city, as one of their duties. In our view a bus nor a commission is needed to see what office and retail spaces […]

There should be room all viewpoints

There should be room all viewpoints

By DON VOWELL Representative Kim Thatcher has recommended that we elect Bill Post to fill the state representative seat she is vacating.  That gives Mr. Post some advantage, as other candidates are hardly recognized right now.  If his election has an air of inevitability at this point, then we should know more about him. Bill […]

What the Nordic countries think of us

What the Nordic countries think of us

By virtue of my youth, having grown up in Astoria, I was afforded the opportunity to know a lot of immigrants because there were so many of long-standing, as well as recent arrivals,  living there when I was a child.  That exposure inspired an interest in international relations that has never waned. The immigrants in my home town mainly hailed from the […]

An emergency to some

An emergency to some

Last week’s wintery snow storm was a wonderland for some, but for others it was a burden and a danger. Though some would not call a foot of snow and temperatures in the single digits an emergency, for some residents it was. When an emergency of any level hits Keizer, the volunteers of Keizer Community […]

Give Keizer’s winners their full due

Give Keizer’s winners their full due

To the Editor: I found it very disturbing that  Mayor Lore Christopher  would use the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s First Citizen Awards Banquet as a platform  to announce that she would not run  for office again. This, in my opinion, was not the time or place for this announcement. This event was to focus on […]

The right kind of change

The right kind of change

To the Editor: When I consider the societal changes that are taking place in our country, I like to think of what our elders have seen over the years. Yes, I know that things will never be the same, we can never go back to what we once were. But there is a special connection […]

Possible oil train wrecks too real

Possible oil train wrecks too real

As a young man I worked summers for the U.S. Forest Service in the Mt. Hood National Forest just east of Bonneville Dam at Eagle Creek on the Oregon side of the Columbia River.  Commonly, there were brush-grass fires alongside the railroad tracks caused by freight trains moving through the Gorge. Forest Service employees like myself, with shovels and […]

Heroin and marijuana aren’t equal

Heroin and marijuana aren’t equal

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS The apparent heroin overdose death of actor Philip Seymour Hoffman already has become a hockey puck in the war over the war on drugs. During a House subcommittee hearing on federal marijuana policy last week, critics of the war on drugs hammered a White House drug official for putting too much […]

Go back to original toy plan

Go back to original toy plan

Those who are leading the planning for the Big Toy at Keizer Rapids Park should go back to the consultant’s original site and be done with it. Mayor Lore Christopher threw a wrench into the works several weeks aago when she publicly announced she didn’t like any of the three sites for the large playground […]

Teachers are not the problem

Teachers are not the problem

To the Editor: To those who denigrate teachers in the mass media: You clearly haven’t set foot in a classroom since you were a student. If you had, you would have immediately been impressed by a group of professionals, who among other things, at differing times for each of the more than 220 students whom […]

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