Day: August 20, 2010

Proposal to improve dog park gets initial ‘aye’ from Council

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes A volunteer-led proposal to irrigate the Keizer Rapids Dog Park got a tentative nod from the Keizer City Council Monday night. There’s been no final approval yet, but councilors agreed to spend up to $19,000 in parks systems development charges (SDCs) to help implement the plan The dog park was built largely by donations – including a large one from Keizer Veterinary Clinic – but the condition of the grounds has garnered criticism. Clint Holland, a parks board member who recently backed the amphitheater project at the same park, spoke before the Keizer City Council along with fellow parks board member Garry Whalen and Dr. Kim Girouard, owner of Keizer Veterinary Clinic. Holland said he wants to get started this year. The plan calls for irrigating the entire dog park as well as the grassy area in front of the dog park along Chemawa Road. A budget Holland prepared said the project would cost a bit more than $40,000. The council was generally supportive of the concept, but some questioned how the city would be able to keep the newly-irrigated area mowed. The city has just two permanent employees and three seasonal workers to maintain Keizer’s entire parks system. Holland himself wanted assurances the area would be well-maintained before committing himself to the project. “Asking to do something like this, and being able...

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Music in Keizer

There is a lot of music in Keizer.  The Keizer Community Stage Band has grown into an excellent and passionate group of musicians. The music programs at the high school and middle schools are envied by other schools.  Local groups such as Steelhead attract loyal followers wherever they play.  Keizer is a musical town, it’s one of the facades of the city everyone should promote. The Keizer Community Band, under the direction of Dennis Bierman, has been playing around the city for years.  They have become a cohesive musical group that its listeners respond to, be it a standard composition or a jazzy number.  The band staged summer concerts this year at the gazebo at Chalmers Jones Park at the Keizer Civic Center.  They have appeared at other community events such as National Night Out. The band, like many organizations in Keizer, is comprised of volunteers who play for the fun of it and to feed their passion for music.  They are yet another example of volunteers who make life in Keizer a little sweeter. It’s probable that most of the members in the community band first learned how to play an instrument in school.  As arts programs continue to face budget cuts across the nation, our local schools maintain their programs through massive efforts by the school district, teachers and parents. The music programs at McNary High School,...

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IN THE RING: Should Muslim mosques enjoy the same freedom of religion as other buildings of worship? And is the New York City mosque a special case?

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 and click on In the Ring. This week’s question: Should Muslim mosques enjoy the same freedom of religion as other buildings of worship? And is the New York City mosque a special case? Hayley Rothweiler, student and Keizer activist— Of course Muslims should be able to enjoy the same freedom of religion as other buildings of worship. It is written in our constitution that they (Muslims) have the right to do that, along with every other religion. There have been claims going around that Islam is not even a real religion, but, it has been around for 1600 years, it is the fastest growing religion in the world, and they have more of a right than many others of those who wish to practice their religion freely and openly. It is possible for any religion to exist and worship openly and freely as guaranteed by the first amendment. Secondly, the NYC mosque is not a special case. I hear night after night how that area is “hallowed ground,” but this is not the case. If this really were hallowed ground, there wouldn’t be a Burger King or McDonald’s around the corner or street vendors pedaling their goods on the sidewalks right outside...

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A lot to remember in Nov.

By HERMAN CAIN As primary elections are settled around the country, it is not too early to start remembering what people should remember in November. With all of the distractions coming out of Washington through the filter of the media, it is easy for people to forget come Election Day. This writer will not forget. Here are some of the things this administration and Congress have done to deceive, mislead and insult the American people: TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program): $750 billion When the financial institutions started paying the taxpayers back with interest, the Democrats, led by Representative Barney Frank (D-MA), wanted to use the interest for other purposes instead of paying down debt as specified in the legislation. This is just dishonest – to tell the public one thing and then change the law later to be able to add to the national debt instead of reducing it. Stimulus spending bill: $862 billion This was a deceptive bill. It was supposed to keep unemployment below eight percent and create jobs. It did not. Instead, the administration concocted a “saved jobs” concept to help disguise the deception. Gross Domestic Product growth is still sluggish, and unemployment has remained high at 9.5 percent. Businesses are in a state of “survive” rather than a growth mode because of all the uncertainties created by the administration and Congress. Even though the stimulus...

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