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There are no small parts

There are no small parts

By LYNDON ZAITZ In my mind, all the world’s my stage; I perform on it every day. But sometimes I have a need to appear on an actual theatrical stage. Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s (KHT) annual Shakespeare in the Park fits the bill. Earlier this month, I performed in my fifth consecutive production on the Keizer […]

Korean War: 63 years later

Korean War: 63 years later

To the Editor: July 27, 2016 marks the 63rd anniversary of the ceasefire of the Korean War (the “Forgotten War” that is technically still going on). To date, no peace treaty has been signed. A ceasefire went into effect at 10 p.m. July 27, 1953, which required all troops to begin dismantling and vacating their […]

Reply to Don Vowell

Reply to Don Vowell

To the Editor: I might agree with a few statements from Don Vowell’s column (Stuck between two extremes, July 22) but not in whole. I don’t agree that Hillary Clinton is extreme. She offers up mostly middle of the road stands on issues and in some cases very progressive stances. That is not a bad […]

Mayor is correct

Mayor is correct

To the Editor: Mayor Cathy Clark recently brought up the subject of taxes and asked questions about what the city can currently afford and what the future demands may be for additional tax revenue. A mayor and city governments must ask these questions to be responsible and effective with their leadership. Especially with a growing […]

Astoria Column is a summer must-see

Astoria Column is a summer must-see

Thoughts about my home town were inspired a few days ago by way of a short article in The Oregonian about one of Astoria’s landmarks.  The Astoria Column’s official dedication occurred 90 years ago on July 22, 1926. The column was built at the instigation of the president of the Great Northern Railway, Ralph Budd, who held […]

Clinton’s Philly vs. Trump’s Cleveland

Clinton’s Philly vs. Trump’s Cleveland

By E.J. DIONNE JR. After a raucous Republican convention nominated the very conservative Barry Goldwater in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson’s campaign ran an advertisement quoting William Scranton, Pennsylvania’s moderate governor, describing “Goldwaterism” as a “crazy-quilt collection of absurd and dangerous positions.” This is the week in which Clinton tried to nail down the support of […]

I got to go to the Disneyland of politics

I got to go to the Disneyland of politics

From the Capitol By Bill Post I thought this month I would give to you my thoughts on my experiences as a delegate to the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. I was honored to be elected as an “at large” delegate, one of only 10 from Oregon.  I attended the 2012 convention in Tampa as […]

Summer distractions

Summer distractions

This summer the nation seems to be going crazy—mass murders, killing of cops, shootings of African-Americans that has intensifed the battle between Black Lives Matter, Blue Lives Matter and All Lives Matter. It makes a Keizerite want to turn off the news and revel in life here in our little corner of the world. We […]

A poor choice of words

A poor choice of words

To the Editor: During the last budget meeting Mayor Cathy Clark stated that “there needs to be an ‘honest’ conversation about what type of community we want.” Now this week the mayor is quoted in the Keizertimes saying, “we need to have a ‘grown up’ conversation about our tax rate.” The mayor is also quoted […]

Stuck between the political extremes

Stuck between the political extremes

I switched my voter registration to ‘non-affiliated’ several years ago.  I have felt less affiliated every year since, feeling stranded in what I suspect is a vast pool of voters abandoned between the ideological rigidity of the extreme left and the extreme right. It looks like we will be asked in the November presidential election […]

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