Day: September 10, 2010

Courthouse Square’s history of problems

To the Editor: Since its inception in 1998, the Courthouse Square project has been troubled.  First came the demolition of the entire square block of retail businesses.  This created a giant hole in the ground for many months while the county tried to figure out where it was going to get sufficient funding to complete the building. Since 2002 when problems first started to appear, the current county commissioners neglected to maintain the building properly and then failed to pursue corrective maintenance and other measures within the statute of limitations (ultimate repose). Now taxpayers are left holding the bag. What were the commissioners thinking? Sweeping these issues under the rug for so long led us to the final outcome—a golden wrecking ball and chain. When the county commissioners say that this will not happen again, what fools do they take the taxpayers to be? We need an independent federal investigation into the problems and maintenance issues that were neglected for so long. When problems first appear is the right time to get them corrected—not years later when the building can no longer be fixed and liability time limits expire. Roger Kaye...

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IN THE RING: Do you agree with all or some of Sam Adams’ proposals?

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. Portland Mayor Sam Adams has proposed new gun-control laws in his city.   The highlights include: 1.) amends city’s curfew law, adding a curfew for minors who have been found to have possessed, bought, used, transferred or transported a firearm unlawfully; 2). makes it a crime for endangering a child by allowing access to a firearm; 3.) makes it a crime to fail to report theft or loss of a firearm; 4.) increases penalty for possession of a loaded firearm in a public place. 5.) designates illegal firearms-use hot spots. This week’s question: Do you agree with all or some of Sam Adams’ proposals? Please explain why you would agree or disagree with each one. Dennis Koho, attorney and former mayor— I generally disagree with his proposals.  Those who think that taking away guns will solve social problems are off the mark.  Anti-gun laws will primarily affect those who already choose to follow the law, and some of his proposals merely add another crime to the list when someone is arrested for oher reasons. I would, however, be willing to listen to ideas that help keep guns from recklessly falling into the hands of children.  Parents...

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Candidate’s voting records range from diligent to deficient

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes With Keizerites having the opportunity to vote in more than two dozen elections in the past 15 years, who among us can say they never missed one? At least as far as Keizer city councilors go, that honor goes to Cathy Clark. She is seeking her second term in Position No. 4, and is unopposed. Every other city council candidate, as well as the mayor, are also unopposed. Voting histories obtained from the Oregon Secretary of State’s office show Clark has cast a ballot all 16 times she had the opportunity between January 2003 and today, records show. On the flip side, records show council candidate Joe Egli missed all but three elections he was eligible to vote in since the beginning of 2003. Mayor Lore Christopher has a high participation rate, but records show she missed an important one – her husband, Ron, was on the ballot for the Salem-Keizer Transit Board. (He won anyway.) The Keizertimes obtained voting histories of Clark, Mayor Lore Christopher, Councilor Jim Taylor and unopposed council candidate Joe Egli. Councilors not on the ballot this year were not included. Whether one voted in an election – and whether they were registered to vote at the time – is public record, along with any political party affiliation. All except Clark are registered Republicans; Clark is registered as unaffiliated....

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Council didn’t hear, petition is result

To the Editor: I’m writing this in support of the efforts that a group I am involved with, Keep Keizer Livable, in limiting the size of buildings outside Keizer Station’s Area A to 65,000 square feet.  This group is composed of residents all over Keizer, not just residents from the area close to Area C, which several members of the Keizer City Council plus the mayor are trying to infer are the only members in this. Two years ago the city council tried to back door an amendment that would have changed the master plan for Area C that as the original plan called for buildings there to be 10,000 square feet.  They managed to push this through despite many letters and petitions to not change the master plan. What we are trying to do at this time is to get a ballot before the residents of Keizer, that would be on the March 2011 election so that all residents can vote whether or not they want to have big box stores cropping up all over Keizer or keep them in Area A which was the original plan.  This would be the only fair way to decide how Area C should be handled.  This is a misshapen piece of land bordered on three sides by residential areas and the baseball fields behind it.  Traffic is already bad and if...

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To letter writer: get your facts right

To the Editor: Re: Letter to the Editor, Keizertimes, Sept. 3 (Let the people decide ): Please get your facts correct when you mention my name and that of Councilor Cathy Clark in your letters to the editor. We have never said we oppose initiatives or a citizen’s right to vote.  It is unfair and untruthful to portray our opposition to one initiative as such.  As President Obama has stated “we can disagree and not be disagreable.” Let’s move forward in that mindset.     Councilor Clark and I think that the initiative to ban local employers over 65,000 square feet is bad public policy for Keizer.  We oppose spending $20,000 in a special election and believe it is foolish spending when the initiative could have been included in the general election if the initiative had been startred earlier.  We continue to support every citizen’s right to the initiative process and to vote as they see fit.  As for Councilor Clark and I, we will be voting no to this specific job-killing initiative. Lore Christopher Mayor of...

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