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Call it a day for EDC

Call it a day for EDC

Is it time to put a stake through the heart of the city’s Economic Development Commission? The commission, established by the Keizer City Council in 2014, has not met on its original quarterly schedule; many times there are up to five members absent from sessions. This is no way to run a city commission. The […]

With new president, think local

With new president, think local

As you read this the 45th president of the United States has been sworn into office and we are now in unchartered waters. Some say that is a good thing and exactly what the nation needs; others say that life as we know it will change in fundamental ways. Both sides are right. The Electoral […]

History in the attic

History in the attic

Every household contains a treasure trove of history. Unfortunately much of that history ends up in an incinerator or a land fill. The treasure trove are the thousands, if not millions, of photographs sitting in attics, basements and storage units of most Keizer families. When a person who  has lived in one place for many […]

Take the lead on ride-hailing

Take the lead on ride-hailing

Economic models are being thrown on the slag heap of history as technology changes the way we live and work. Social media has revolutionized communications. Every new discovery and service brings their own rewards and challenges. The way we work has changed and will continue to revolve. The way we move around is changing, as […]

The color orange

The color orange

There are few things as promising as the dawning of a new year. As the calendar flips from December 31 to January 1, everything will be reset. We make resolutions in an effort to be better. A new year holds the promise of adventures and experiences as well as milestones and celebrations. Spring is the […]

2016 is almost over. Whew.

2016 is almost over. Whew.

What’s that big sound? It is a collective, national exhaling at the relief that we are at the final week of the year.  Most would agree that 2016 was annus horribilis. The holidays well be a much needed distraction from the woes and worries of the world. This year brought too much suffering, anger, fighting, […]

That time of the year

That time of the year

It is that time of year when people say “It’s that time of year to…” They mean it’s the time of year to be nice to others; to give to those less fortunate then ourselves. Toys and clothing are delivered to children in need in our region. Boxes of the makings of a holiday meal […]

Make them prove it

Make them prove it

America has been a tabloid kind of nation for a while now. Tabloid-style news gets attention over in-depth news that reports what is actually happening. In the past, news racks were full of periodicals with come-on cover stories such as  “I Married an Alien.” Sure, they were fun to read but most people took those […]

Local election is over

Local election is over

It ain’t over ‘til it’s over. And now it’s over. Laura Reid was officially declared the winner in her race for Keizer City Council Position 1 over Allen Barker this week by the Marion County elections divison. She won by 109 votes out of a total of more than 12,300 cast. There’s a lesson here […]

What kind of Christmas?

What kind of Christmas?

By LYNDON ZAITZ People celebrate Christmas in many ways and for different reasons. Some celebrate the birth of Christ, some celebrate children, some celebrate Santa Claus. Others mark the season with a mix of reasons. It can be argued that the Christmas season is the favorite time of year for most, even with the frustrations, […]

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