Day: July 23, 2010


To the Editor: Unless I am mistaken there are federal laws against kidnapping, bank robbing, counterfeiting, and illegal immigration. Now states have similar laws on their books that are enforced by local authorities except immigration. What am I missing? All of a sudden the Obama administration thinks it can selectively choose which laws the states should enforce. This is a dangerous precedent because the next administration may tell the states other laws to ignore. I believe when cities declare themselves a sanctuary for illegals, they are breaking federal laws and should be denied all federal resources and the officials arrested. When elective officials and law enforcement officers take their oath of office they pledge to support the Constitution and the laws of the land.  I believe this means all of the laws of the federal, state and local governments. The Obama administration is worried about racial profiling. The Democrats want the Hispanic vote and the Republicans want the cheap labor. The present administration does not enforce the current federal laws and that is the major source of our national immigration problem. Bill Quinn...

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Elks raise $2200

To the Editor: The Keizer Elks Lodge held its annual garage sale on Saturday, June 26.  Donated items were sold in the parking lot of the lodge.  The proceeds of $2,205 will be donated to the Elks National Foundation, which supports our local charities such as scholarships, Hoop Shoot, drug awareness programs and veterans, to name a few. Diane Norton Keizer Elks...

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Jobless rate in June declines to 10.3%

Unemployment in the Salem area declined slightly in June  to 10.3 percent, down from the May revised rate of 10.8 percent. It was slightly lower than the statewide June rate of 10.5 percent, and is lower than the June 2009 rate of 11 percent. The statistics from Worksource Oregon are for  the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), which includes Keizer. An estimated 20,496 residents of Marion and Polk counties were unemployed in a workforce of 199,712 for the month. About 1,162 less people were unemployed than in June 2009. However, statistics also show a loss of 1,300 jobs in comparison to June 2009. Private sector jobs fell by 100 for the month while government lost 500 positions. “June’s employment decline was larger than is typical for the Salem MSA which normally adds about 600 jobs between May and June,” O’Connor stated. However, he added some of the cognitive dissonance between the jobless rate – determined by a household survey – and job numbers coming from businesses has a lot to do with temporary employment created by the 2010 U.S. Census. “Last month we added a bunch of them, which made the job picture look overly rosy,” he said. In key sectors: • Construction was up 200 jobs for the month. The sector has lost 500 jobs in the past year. • Manufacturing added 200 jobs. • Professional and business...

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