Day: June 4, 2010

Here we go again

The state of Oregon is facing another budget crisis.  This week state economist Tom Potiowsky released an economic forecast that reports tax collections coming in half a billion dollars less than expected.  Gov. Ted Kulongoski immediately called for state agencies to cut their department budgets by nine percent. Some are calling for a special legislative session to address the shortfall.  Others say that a special session would quickly devolve into a partisan screaming match.  And all this in an election year when few candidates want to go on the record with specific ideas or goals. The residents of Oregon have been buffeted enough by both sides on spending issues.  The time is long past for leadership and it doesn’t matter where it comes from:  the governor or the legislature. It is said that elections have consequences.  That is very true in Oregon today.  One party is in control after years of being in the legislative minority.  It is human nature to throw open the cupboard to reward your friends and allies; every victorious politicial party does it.  To the victor go the spoils. In an economic climate that features millons and milllions of dollars worth of budget cuts that affect real people throughout the state, there aren’t many spoils to go around.  And yet the victors still want their booty. Until the state of Oregon can pull itself out...

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Leaders should get out of the way of success

By ROSS DAY Oregon has a spending problem.  Not a revenue problem. At no time in recent memory has this point been made more clear than on last Tuesday, when the state’s economist told surprised politicians that the 2009-2011 state of Oregon budget had a $562 million dollar hole in it. To be more clear, that means that Oregon is going to take in $562 million less than originally thought. Again, to be clear, the legislature and the governor has already budgeted (and in some cases already spent) the $562 million that they found out Tuesday they are not going to get. And to make matters worse, the budget for the 2011-2013 cycle – again according to the state economist – is already $2.7 billion in the hole! Something has to give, either the state has to stop spending beyond its means, or we should all start endorsing our paychecks over to the state of Oregon. There is actually a reasonable, common sense solution to this problem.  It is not the quickest solution, but it is the correct path for the state of Oregon to take in order to restore fiscal responsibility. It can be summed up in three words: private sector jobs. The logic is equally simple: the more private sector jobs we have, the more taxpayers there are.  The more taxpayers, the more tax revenue.  Also, the...

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Keizer police make city a great place

To the Editor: Confident that I speak for many members of the Keizer community, I would like to submit quick note of gratitude to the Keizer Police Department.  It’s my opinion that this town has undergone numerous changes in the 16 years that I’ve been a resident, and that while it has blossomed into a more contemporary, less rustic locale, not all of those changes have been positive. Despite this, however, I feel safe on Keizer streets at all times at any hour, thanks to the officers who patrol them. Not only do the Keizer Police keep our homes, streets, and entire community safe, they’re also friendly and helpful. The officers are, for example, to a large extent responsible for the annual Iris Parade’s success and organization. They additionally do presentations and extra activities for school children, and keep those schools’ hallways and playgrounds safe for our kids to enjoy without concern for their safety. Having worked with Dan Kelley, for example, I had the opportunity, for many years, to observe his daily professionalism, warmth, and caring for McNary school kids and staff.  Even the crankiest students, subsequent to receiving a traffic citation, likely recognize and appreciate Keizer PD officers’ putting their lives on the line on their behalf. The demands on police are steadily increasing, while funding is being diminished. Officers’ discretion in split-second judgment calls is regularly...

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Hingston shows quickness and strength at state

Megan Hingston went three for three in her events at last weekend’s state track and field championships for Class 6A schools. The McNary senior, who qualified for the shot put and both hurdles, placed eighth or higher in each event. Hingston was second in the shot put (40-11), fifth in the 300m hurdles (45.77) and eighth in the 100m hurdles (15.92). The second place finish is a personal best for Hingston. During her freshman year, she was second in the high jump at the state meet as well. Hingston, however, wasn’t alone when it came to McNary athletes standing on the podium. Two other Lady Celts reached the finals of their respective events. Senior Lauren Brouse was eighth in the 400m (1:00.14) while junior Jenna Quesnel was eighth in the pole vault (10-0). Junior Tim McDowell represented the boys team with a sixth-place effort in the high jump. He cleared 6-2. The other members of the Lady Celts contingent included Brouse in the 200m, senior Rachel Fast in the 100m and senior Amy Jones in the 800m. Also not reaching the finals were the 4X100 and 4X400 relay teams. Members of the 4×100 relay included Brouse, Jones, Fast and sophomore Averi Wing. On the 4X400 were Brouse, Jones, Wing and freshman Laura Donaldson. McDowell did not advance beyond the preliminaries in the 400m, nor did sophomore Dylan McHugh in...

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