Day: March 26, 2010

IN THE RING: Should health care reform opponents focus on repealing the bill, or move on to other pressing issues?

Each week the Keizertimes asks community leaders a question about current events. To see more of this week’s answers or answers to past questions log onto www.keizertimes.com and click on In the Ring. This week’s question: Should health care reform opponents focus on repealing the bill, or move on to other pressing issues? Art Bobrowitz, Compass Rose Consulting: “The major problem I see is more than repealing the bill is how will we pay for it? This legislation will probably wind up in the court system. States are already lining up with litigation. “The majority of the funding for this bill will come from borrowed money and future generations. This bill has the potential to bankrupt this country. Moving on to any other issues would be senseless. We are being told to start paying on a piece of legislation whose benefits will kick in four years from now. If you like this idea then you wouldn’t mind buying your next car on a four-year twenty-seven hundred page contract. The purchase price will be increasing along the way but you don’t get to pick up your new car until 2014. Surely everyone would like a deal like that.” Dennis Koho, attorney, former Keizer mayor: “Move on – anything else is merely political posturing. Opponents of the bill just lost. Can they seriously think we believe they now have the votes...

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Docs in talks to build on block

City could sell land for office-type building By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A local government agency is proposing selling some Keizer Station land to a private firm, and signs point to a medical facility being the most likely occupier. A public hearing will be held April 5 before the Keizer Urban Renewal Agency, which consists of the mayor and city council. The proposal calls for selling roughly two acres of land to a firm called RJMEW Development, LLC. The Oregon-based corporation is registered to Caleb Williams, an attorney in Salem. Williams declined to comment. The land in question is at the corner of McLeod Drive and Lockhaven Drive. [MAP: 1] The proposed sale price is $1.4 million. Mum seems to be the word on who the ultimate tenant is. But a prior statement by Mayor Lore Christopher leaves a telling clue. At the Oct. 15, 2009 meeting of the Gubser Neighborhood Association, meeting notes indicate Christopher said Salem Radiology would likely occupy the land in question. But neither officials from the city or Salem Radiology would confirm this. Salem Radiology Executive Director R.A. Neitzel declined comment, saying any story was “premature.” When reached Tuesday, Christopher simply said she “would love to have them there, and we’re trying to work out the details,” noting the jobs created would be a high-wage type of employment. City Manager Chris Eppley declined to get into...

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Faith of the founding fathers

I’ve been wondering about the relationship between religion and government.  Most of the existing theocracies in the world are Islamic and have cost us much, either by military occupation or measures taken to prevent that necessity. I was given a tract that contained statements of faith by our founding fathers, supposedly proving that we were created as a Christian nation.  Moved by the eloquence and conviction of those statements, I was all the more impressed by their author’s wise determination to avoid creating a nation ruled by a church. St. Augustine defined pride as “the love of one’s own excellence.”  That would be the worship of self, not God.  It is a mystery why men of no discernible intellect or accomplishment are yet so self-assured of their theological correctness that they use that faith as a bludgeon to correct others.  It is what makes a man fly a plane into a building, carry poisonously stupid signs outside a soldier’s funeral, or slaughter those with whom they disagree, all in the name of a God who has asked only that you treat others as you would be treated.  I don’t know why zealots feel they must impress their beliefs on others.  Maybe it is easier to believe the unknowable if others share that belief. If pride is the deadliest of sins, then humility is the first virtue.  It removes the...

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The economy appears to be better

To the Editor: The big box development in Area C at Keizer Station seems to be moving off the back burner. The City is reallocating budgeted funds for one established city board for the purchase of land, currently privately owned in Area B of Keizer Station. Big box development in Area C is a done deal and has been since a text amendment process was utilized to streamline the process of approving development that was not clearly delineated in Keizer’s Development Code.  To be fair and balanced, it should be remembered that part of that text amendment was a commitment, all be it verbal, that the master plan, required for development in Area C, is to benefit from community participation in its development.  The community, if it really cares about the vitality of Keizer beyond the boundaries of Keizer Station, should exercise this opportunity to positively enhance this development.  As a caveat to that statement, the community should be aware that, as with passage of the text amendment, the die has potentially been cast and input that will make its way into the master plan could be as monumental as determining what color and message can be expressed in signage for the development. Has the City made a one hundred eighty degree turn on its stated position, that non-budgeted expenditures would not be funded?  Funding for purchase of land in Area B is...

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