Day: May 14, 2010

Dollars for disasters: Greece & the Gulf

By ART BOBROWITZ British Petroleum Oil Company tried to fix the Gulf oil leak by putting a massive one hundred ton concrete cap on a bleeding deep-water oil vent. The world calls it an ecological disaster which it is, and along with the president, puts the problem of clean up squarely at the feet of BP Oil and their partners…no one else. European leaders try to plug a deep water financial leak in the Greek economy by putting a massive financial lid on an open and bleeding political vent. The world calls it a financial disaster which it is, and puts the problem squarely at the feet of the International Monetary Fund; in other words countries around the world and you….the American citizen. Which disaster has the most costly long-term impact on the world and the US economy? Is it the collapse of an oil rig and its consequences on the environment and future drilling? Or could this be the inevitable collapse of a political way of thinking? The Gulf of Mexico has many independent oil rigs. Europe has many independent countries in their “political gulf” called the European Union. Very few takers are lining up to help the bleeding oil situation in our gulf. In the meantime the IMF raised close to one trillion dollars to cap the financial flow of red ink in Greece and their region....

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Prayer breakfast needs all faiths

To the Editor: I had occasion to attend the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast on Thursday morning of last week. First, let me say that as Mayor Christopher conferred, do we ever have enough prayer? I personally appreciate any opportunity for the community to come together under an umbrella of gratitude and seek counsel with the Creator. As I read the program, I became blatantly aware that this was not an interfaith gathering; except for the Native American, it was exclusively Christian. The program heading should have actually read, “The Mayor’s Christian Prayer Breakfast.” In and of itself, there is nothing wrong with the gathering being just Christian. However it does not, I believe, faithfully represent the community. I say that knowing that I do not have actual statistical information on the faith traditions of the Keizer community. However, I do know that in the greater Salem community there are active Jewish, Muslim, Baha’i, Sikh, and Buddhist traditions. Since prayers were offered for the world and the greater community at large I would have appreciated prayers from some of these traditions. I was personally offended at the end when Tom Fox asked the group to give the “Risen Lord” a round of applause. Had I been Jewish, I would have been greatly offended. That kind of comment surmounts to “Christian proselytizing” which should not be part of the prayer breakfast experience....

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Home rule charter should get yes vote

To the Editor: Citizens of Keizer should vote yes on Measure 24-292. It gives the county a home-rule charter and sets up a system that allows for better local representation. It would give Keizer its own commissioner who would live in Keizer and be accountable to the voters in Keizer. There have been a lot of confusing messages about Measure 24-292 from those opposing the measure, but this is actually a very simple measure. If people in Keizer want to understand what this measure does, a great source of information is the editorial the Keizertimes published endorsing Measure 24-292. The change from three partisan commissioners elected countywide to five nonpartisan commissioners elected by district will make county government more responsive to the voters. It will allow more citizens to become involved in government and will make democracy in Marion County stronger. Please vote yes on Measure 24-292. Laurel Muller...

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Kingdom staying around in Keizer

To the Editor: Tony’s Kingdom of Comics had its fourth annual Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) on May 1. This year’s event was an even bigger success than any of our past events. I always try to sponsor various charities during my events, on FCBD we had donations of two barrels of food plus $20 cash, and we raised just under $300 for Shriners Children’s Hospital through items donated by all my guests and myself. Last December we also collected food, and piles of toys we donated to the Simonka House for Women and the Marines’ Toys for Tots programs. The turn out and support for both of these events was overwhelming. The response from my friends,family, guests, customers and community never ceases to amaze and inspire me. I didn’t start this shop with the idea of making a ton of money, all I wanted to do was pay the bills and make a difference in the community. Well, I have succeeded in making a difference, but not always in paying the bills. Since the economy took a huge dive in Sept. 2008 my financial future, and the future of Tony’s Kingdom of Comics has been in doubt on the best of days. But the support on free comic book day has renewed my spirit and will help me weather this economic storm. This is a huge thank you...

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Economy demands sign code review

To the Editor: Re: “Signs, everywhere signs,” Keizertimes editorial, May 7: The main point of the editorial was the timing and cost of reviewing Keizer “sign laws.” Specifically, the last statement was “…it’s a full-blown discussion that shouldn’t be held now, especially with the full slate of issues the city faces.” Of the issues mentioned prior, were the city budget for the next year and annexation of additional land. I beg to differ.  There is nothing more important at this time than our economy. It’s easy for people who have job security to side step this important issue. People are suffering in the community. A member of the city council told me personally that Keizer’s economy is struggling. Drive down our major streets and check out the empty businesses. Stop in and talk to local businesses like I have and see how things are going. In less than a week, I had a chance to personally visit almost every business on River Road and Cherry Avenue. One of the reasons for this is that Keizer is a difficult place to do business. For the past year, I had been hearing about Keizer sign laws. I printed out the 20 page document of sign regulations and am wondering, “Where are our rights?” I’m also wondering, “When will the people rise up and say, ‘enough is enough?’” Businesses have very few rights. I do...

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