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Politicans and the city budget

Politicans and the city budget

To the Editor: Sometimes politicians can drive me crazy. During a recent budget committee meeting one position in the police department was not filled and we are told the problem is Keizer has such a low tax rate. Then we are told how the city has “stretched, matched, leveraged, granted and volunteered tremendously” and the […]

Police? Parks? How about both

Police? Parks? How about both

Parks or police? What should be the focus of Keizer’s city government? At recent completed Budget Committee meetings the call for adding at least one cop position to the Keizer Police Department was loud and clear. Also loud and clear was the call for better funding of the city’s 19 parks. A vast majority of […]

Free speech is not up for debate

Free speech is not up for debate

By now I’m sure you are all aware that an election is just around the corner. Hopefully you’ve registered to vote and may have received your ballot in the mail already. I have been out putting up a lot of lawn signs and I know I’m not the only one—you can hardly drive a block […]

The good news; the bad news

The good news; the bad news

I slowly study the newspaper each morning. Here’s what I learned today: • The featured national crisis of the day was worry over who you might meet in a public bathroom. In my first 67 years I’ve been spared a traumatic event in any public restroom.  Well, actually, there was Japan.  I was shocked to […]

Strategy: Speak. Repeat. Repeat again

Strategy: Speak. Repeat. Repeat again

Any Keizerite who watched the GOP debates may remember that Donald Trump quite often used nicknames on his competitors. He referred to Marco Rubio as “Little Marco,” Jeb Bush as “Low Energy Jeb,” “One in 41” for Kasich and, and for his biggest obstacle, “Lying Ted” for Ted Cruz, among other derogatory labels he pinned on those […]

Mother

Mother

By LYNDON ZAITZ We have a two billion-way tie for the best mother in the world. With few exceptions everyone is certain that their mother is the most loving, kindest, funniest, prettiest and smartest mom in the world. We all love our mothers. Americans will celebrate Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8. Doesn’t it seem […]

Christine Dieker

Christine Dieker

Christine Dieker’s last day as executive director of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce was April 28. She retired after more than 17 years as the manager and the public face of the chamber. The Keizer business community was always her focus. She was a vocal advocate of Keizer and its businesses as any one. The […]

Fatal stabbing report

Fatal stabbing report

To the Editor: Your report on the fatal stabbing of Jeff Holly on Brooks Avenue (Long ordeal ends in fatal stabbing, April 22) was irresponsible. A collection of quotes from disgruntled neighbors and police blotter records do not constitute the truth.  I lived with Jeff Holly for the nine years previous to the Brooks Avenue […]

The state of disunion

The state of disunion

By MICHAEL GERSON The 2016 presidential race already counts an extraordinary accomplishment: It has made the 2000 election seem like the good old days.    Before Bush v. Gore became a Supreme Court controversy, the contest seemed to demonstrate that American politics was modernizing in a hopeful direction. Clintonism (including Al Gore’s slightly revised version) […]

What will US foreign policy be in 2017?

What will US foreign policy be in 2017?

In the realm of too silly to believe, Donald J. Trump could be this nation’s next president. Although polls lead one to believe that a victory by Hillary Clinton over Trump is a foregone conclusion, we won’t be certain of the outcome until, at the very earliest, near midnight on Nov.8. In the meantime, Trump has now said […]

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