Day: July 16, 2010

Tell us how

Every politician has their ‘applause line,’ the part of a speech that gets a fevered reaction from their intended audiences. These days most politicians seeking votes and support talk about creating or attracting jobs—“We must create living wage jobs” or  something akin to “Our future depends on attracting jobs.” What’s often missing from this is a lack of specifics.  We want to know how these polticians would create or attract jobs in Oregon in general and in Marion County and Keizer in particular. Coming out for more jobs in a recession is like coming out strongly for motherhood, baseball and apple pie. It’s an easy stand to take but the devil is in the details. Every county and city wants new jobs.  Oregon’s unemployment rate stands stubbornly above 10 percent.  The public calls for cutting government at every level, but cutting government means cutting jobs.  Those public employees let go will end up chasing the few jobs that come open or in line at the unemployment office. Government can not force business to create jobs. Government (which means us, the citizens) can create the environment for business to be confident enough to plan on adding jobs. Those in the public eye do a disservice when they say things like “when the economy rebounds” or “when the recession is over.”  We all need to realize that we are currently in...

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Job search is a family affair

By ALLEN PRELL and SHARON PRELL It is that time of year for graduation from high school and college, and  now our graduates are looking for part time or full time work to fulfill their dreams. Are these graduates competing for the same jobs as those already unemployed? Allen Prell I am working through the same job searching  exercise my daughter is, a McNary High School graduate. I was told through my company I might lose my job  as a pharmaceutical sales representative in the fall. What am I doing to prepare for a job search and what is my daughter, a 2010 McNary graduate doing different in her job search? I studied for my career goal several years ago and graduated with a degree in speech communications and health science. I left my comfortable job in the emergency room to seek a new career in pharmaceutical sales. It has been a rewarding career meeting healthcare professionals everyday and learning about new advances in healthcare. I am now  a member on Facebook, Linked-In, and Monster.com, broadcasting my qualifications for all to see. It is called networking. I have joined two new organizations  to remain active in the  community. I have offered my volunteer services to speak at conferences on healthcare related issues close to my heart. I have contacted old friends and neighbors  that I have known for years...

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Downtown moving to Keizer Station?

To the Editor: There is little doubt about it, our city leaders and the Chamber of Commerce have decided that Keizer Station is the site of our new downtown and the business center for Keizer. A transit center, a hotel and medical offices there would certainly prove this point. Once a big box, low cost, grocery store is built at Keizer Station you can shut off the lights, the party is over for many merchants along River Road. I believe the transit district made the correct decision when it decided to locate their transfer center there. They wanted their center where the action will be. I believe the construction of new sidewalks, the placement of benches and art work, the hanging of a few banners along River Road added little to the business climate on our thoroughfare. Yes, we will still have banks, fast food restaurants, gas stations and of course taverns with video games for our convenience there. It will continue to be Keizer strip mall.  On the positive side there may be less local traffic on River Road so it will be faster to drive to Salem for work and for our major shopping and entertainment adventures. Bill Quinn...

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Fluorescent bulbs not easily recycled

To the Editor: Although I am not directly affected (I don’t have a yard debris can), I find it interesting to follow the issue of recycling food waste.  With summer heat upon us, I can only guess at the effects of a two week pickup. In a related matter, I recently found that we had accumulated three burned out compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs in less than two weeks.  Since they had been in use for only about two years, claims for extended life would seem in question.  Having read that these bulbs include hazardous material, I contacted my local garbage service regarding their disposal.  I was told that I must take them to a regional disposal site which isn’t very handy. It makes me wonder why the service that currently picks up such hazardous waste as paint, motor oil and batteries can’t extend that effort to include CFLs? Art Burr...

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IN THE RING: Should the Keizer Chamber of Commerce move to Keizer Station and include a visitors center?

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 the Keizer Chamber of Commerce move to Keizer Station and include a visitors center? Marlene Quinn, event planner— I would assume that most people would say ‘yes, the perfect place.’ Some would say ‘no, leave it where it is.’ If visitors coming to Keizer are visiting Keizer and not Keizer Station then they will go to the visitor center in Keizer. Let’s promote Keizer and the city itself but let’s bring new businesses to the city and fill in the for lease buildings, I’m all for that however I think that we should leave it where it is and put directional signage at Keizer Station promoting the chamber of commerce, visitor center and the core of the city itself. Keizer Station is only a small part of Keizer, let’s use its location to promote the city of Keizer. John Morgan, MorganCPS Consulting— I am not pleased to see the migration of our business community to Keizer Station. I am concerned to see some of the civic center move there as well. However, moving the chamber, creating a significant visitors center, and putting the space in the Keizer Heritage Center to better use...

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