Day: August 13, 2010

Keep it simple

The City of Keizer is on its own regarding a design on the water tower beside Interstate 5.  The Confederated Tribes of the Siletz and the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde have deferred to a design of the city’s choosing, but are reserving veto rights over the final design. Over the three years since it was erected there have been discussions in many circles about what should be on Keizer’s largest welcome sign.  Some ideas have been whimisical, some unworkable.  The city should be not distracted by this issue.  There are more important issues facing the city. Some don’t want anything on the tower.  That doesn’t work either.  The city should keep it simple.  Welcome to Keizer would work just fine.  Anythiing more than that gets involved with all kinds of debates, discussions, hearings and such that are not needed....

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Where is the promised change?

By ROSS DAY When writing this column, it sure makes things easier when I can start off with a good cliché to lead me into the topic I want to address.  “The more things change, the more things stay the same,” is the perfect cliché to describe the last two years of “leadership” in the federal government. Remember, in 2008, in the wake of a financial meltdown, rising unemployment, out-of-control government spending and wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, we were promised “change” by Barack Obama and incoming members of Congress, including our own representative  Kurt Schrader. Flash forward to 2010.  The United States is in the middle of the worst recession since the Great Depression, national unemployment is holding steady at a whopping 9.5 percent (it would be higher than that, but for all the people who have just stopped looking for work), government spending has become even more out of control,  what with the government bailouts and the takeovers of the banking, automobile and health care industries, and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are still raging.  So much for “change.” The problem for the Congress – including Kurt Schrader – and the President is that they failed to deliver the “change” they promised.  Instead, many have argued, they have actually made things worse.  In fact, many Democratic political consultants are advising Democrats nationally not to run on...

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IN THE RING: Should local high schools push back their starting times by an hour to reflect the physical needs of students?

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 is: Should local high schools push back their starting times by an hour to reflect the physical needs of students? Vic Backlund, former state representative— I have felt, literally forever, that schools do start too early for high school students.  I had first-hand experience for 33 years as a teacher and coach at McNary High School.  I learned that many students tended to stay up pretty late at night but had to get up quite early to make it to the start of first period, which translate to less sleep than is desirable. Thus, academics suffer from the early start time.  Early start times have a negative effect on student health.  Additionally, student activities suffer from early start times. I recognize that there are some advantages to early start times for high schools, but on  balance, I would support later school start times. John Morgan, MorganCPS Consulting— As the father of teenage boys and recognizing their biorhythms, it make a lot of sense to me. I know the traditional argument is the early start is necessary for after-school jobs, but on-balance, better performance in school is a whole lot more important. JoAnne Beilke,...

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Benjamin Joseph Pierson

Benjamin Joseph Pierson, 18, died Saturday, July 17, 2010, at St. Alexius Medical Center, Bismarck, North Dakota, as the result of injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident in Dickinson, North Dakota. Ben was born July 30, 1991 in Portland, OR.  Ben lived his life with great passion and enthusiasm.  He was a gifted artist and musician.  He loved all things motorsports related.  He was a devoted son, brother, cousin and friend to quite literally all who came to know him.  Ben was a rare individual… a jewel in the crown. Ben graduated from McNary High School, Class of 2009.  He will be remembered as the guy who could always cheer up the sad and bring a cherub smile to a frowning face.  Ben’s character has left an indelible mark on the lives of so very many.  In Ben’s short time in this world, he taught us a lifetime’s worth of lessons about loving one another. He is survived by his father, Thomas Pierson; step-mother, Kelley Pierson of Keizer, OR; mother, Lisa M. Dutchuk; step-father, Chad Peterson; brothers, Alex Pierson and Brandon Peterson; sister, Salisa Peterson all of Dickinson, ND.  Ben is also survived by his grandparents, Lynn and Dan Onion, Canby, OR, and John J. and Louise Dutchuk, Dickinson, ND; and many uncles, aunts and cousins in Oregon and North Dakota.  Ben was preceded in death by Grandma Dee...

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Not every concert need be rock-n-roll

To the Editor: Re:  A little Mozart? Keizertimes editorial, August 6: Yes yes yes! You are so right!  The idea that we have to appeal only to the young is poor marketing.  We are very diverse in age, cultural background and musical tastes. We need our city-sponsored events to reflect this. Rock and roll is great (well, to a point) but there are other kinds of music. Luckily, musicians and musical groups of all types— jazz, classical, big band, standards, etc.—are eager for a place to perform. And theater in the park (Shakespeare or other) is a great idea as well. Dance performances, karate demonstrations (we have several martial arts studios whose students would love a chance to show off), gymnastics exhibitions …gosh, the possibilities are limitless. Barbara Bigham...

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