Day: August 6, 2010

Love it or lose it

The dog park at Keizer Rapids Park is garnering as many complaints as kudos.  The dog park, a vision of Keizer leaders and others, was a smash hit when it opened several years ago.  Owners socialize with friends as their dogs run free in the dog park. The park is fenced, one side built for large dogs and the other side for small dogs.. The city built the dog park with the help of volunteer labor and financial donations including a large contribution by Keizer Veterinary Clinic.  After only a few years the dog park’s glory has faded.  There is no source of running water for the dogs.  The grass, what there is of it, is not tended.  The odor of dog urine is strong due to the lack of consistent irrigation.  Some people have stopped going to the park and instead walk their dogs through Keizer Rapids Park. Financial donors to the dog park are understandably dismayed by the condition of the park.  Some are wondering what has happened to the money that was given specifically for amenties at the dog park. We can not continue to build things in Keizer and worry about its operation later.  There needs to be an operational plan.  If the city doesn’t have the budget to maintain the park, then it, the mayor and the city council, should rally the volunteers to...

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A little Mozart?

The Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre at Keizer Rapids Park is fulfilling its vision of bringing concerts and other events to its stage. So far the music has been rock and roll—both oldies and contemporary.  After this season’s schedule, which is already set, the city and schedulers of the amphitheatre should strive to mix up the shows. Children’s theatre, Shakespeare in the park and classical music have often been mentioned as possible shows.  Rock and roll shows have brought the people to the park.  There are other entertainment seekers whose needs are not being met. Next summer we would like to see a string quartet or a symphony present a show that people can enjoy while dining out of a picnic basket.  The amphitheatre is an asset that should expand its offerings so everyone feels welcome to come, sit and...

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My plan to put Oregon to work

By JOHN KITZHABER We have a common set of challenges that in one way or another affect all of us – challenges that can only be met if we meet them together. How we confront and overcome these challenges will define Oregon for many years to come. As the only candidate in the race with direct experience creating jobs and working with the private sector to grow existing Oregon businesses and attracting new investment to the state, I know what it takes – and I have a plan – to put Oregon back to work. During my time as governor, wages rose by 49 percent and state economic productivity increase by 48 percent. Over the past several months, I have traveled around the state, meeting with business and community leaders, refining a plan for getting our economy back on track. I will: • Invest in Training.  Immediately put people back to work in high-demand jobs through training programs in our community colleges. • Upgrade our Schools.  Create immediate, skilled jobs to upgrade schools across the state, putting people back to work and improving the learning environment.  Best yet, these upgrades can pay for themselves through energy cost savings. • Use Oregon’s Money for Oregon, Not Wall Street.  Nearly all of Oregon’s investment funds are invested out of state by out of state money managers.  Instead, we should use in-state...

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Support makes Keizer a great place

To the Editor: My son, Skyler Crenshaw, fell off a roof here in Keizer on July 11th this year.  He had broken ribs, fractured spine, broken collar bone, punctured both lungs, lacerated his spleen and kidney.  His spleen ruptured and they had to rush him into surgery to remove his spleen, he had internal bleeding and then a second surgery to fix his collar bone with plates and screws. Words can not describe the support from everyone in the Keizer community.  I would love to list names, but am sure I would forget a few names, so I would like to take this time to say “thank you” to everyone in Keizer for the warm wishes, the thoughts and prayers, and everyone who has offered to help with anything they can.  It warms my heart to know that so many people are there for us in our time of need. Skyler and I want to say “thank you”! Trish Crenshaw...

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The legacy of Councilor Walsh

To the Editor: I have had the opportunity to work alongside Richard Walsh for three years, and consider myself fortunate to call him a colleague and a friend. Rich has served admirably as a Keizer city councilor for the past 10 years.  His dedication and impact on the area are far-reaching and will be visible for years, most notably with the development of Keizer Rapids Park. The citizens of Keizer owe a huge thank you to Rich for giving so much of himself for the benefit of the community. Brandon Smith Keizer The writer is member of the Keizer City...

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