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A new president will deal with ISIL

A new president will deal with ISIL

Reported of late is that 50 fighters join ISIL every day, including an unknown number of Americans. It’s surmised that the fighter ranks of ISIL total 30,000. Anyone can do the math to determine how many will be added to the ISIL ranks in a year’s time the 50-per-day rate continues, but it’s rather doubtful that the number […]

Heroin: an issue that needs light

Heroin: an issue that needs light

By CRAIG MURPHY As we enter into the holiday season, we have been running a Chasing Dark series of stories here in the Keizertimes about drugs. Pretty crappy timing, no? Actually, no. Brandon Crist was just 22 years old when he overdosed on heroin in late September. His death was a key factor in doing […]

Water will be Oregon’s #1 issue soon

Water will be Oregon’s #1 issue soon

It is that wonderful time of year when we stop and give thanks for all that we are blessed with as individuals, families, a state and a nation.  I am so thankful for my family, my friends and the wonderful people of Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg who make up House District 25.  I am […]

The United States of Contradictions

The United States of Contradictions

By E.J. DIONNE JR.      WASHINGTON — With election year a month away, American politics is caught up in tensions, ironies, and a certain amount of sheer madness.      On the one hand: The U.S. economy is a marvel, driven forward by technological innovation, the promises of Big Data and Advanced Manufacturing, a relative independence […]

When hope begins

When hope begins

By MICHAEL GERSON      WASHINGTON — Donald Trump’s offenses against taste, tolerance and truthfulness are coming so fast that it is hard to pick out individual cases. But let’s linger on his recent foray into Christian theology.      During a speech in Fort Dodge, Iowa, Trump pronounced Ben Carson’s story of conversion from violent troublemaker to […]

Is it free enterprise or defacing of public property?

Is it free enterprise or defacing of public property?

A business is going about Keizer neighborhoods painting address numbers on the curb in front of houses. A flyer is left at the door by a person calling themselves an Address America Indpendent agent. The flyer asks for a $5 ‘donation’ to have the house number painted on the front curb as a security service. […]

Young talent does Keizer proud

Young talent does Keizer proud

By this time those who live for sales have waited in the dark for doors at local malls and stores to open so they could rush forth and grab their own “must have” item for this holiday gift giving season. Those who don’t want to hassle with the crowds might migrate to e-commerce and order […]

The Trump effect, still understated

The Trump effect, still understated

By MICHAEL GERSON    The presidential candidate who has consistently led the Republican field for four months, Donald Trump, has proposed: forcibly expel 11 million people from the country, requiring a massive apparatus of enforcement, courts and concentration camps; rewrite or reinterpret the 14th Amendment to end the Civil War-era Republican principle of birthright citizenship; […]

Head wins over heart regarding refugees

Head wins over heart regarding refugees

Divided as we Americans are over President Obama’s plan to resettle 10,000 Syrian refugees by next year, there are many other concerns we share.  Primarly because there may be Jihadist terrorists among those seeking safety and they will die without hesitation for their cause due to the promise of heavenly rewards. The terrorists are dedicated to destroying America as they see us […]

Show rationale for new district

Show rationale for new district

Everyone likes parks, but not everyone uses parks on a frequent and regular basis. Parks do add to the quality of life of a city. Keizer has 19 parks from pocket parks to the jewel—Keizer Rapids Park. There has been talk for several years now about how to fund our parks. By necessity the parks […]

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