Day: September 17, 2010

Boy hurt when crossing River Rd on bike

A 14-year-old bicyclist was hit by a car and taken to Salem Hospital Thursday evening, police said. According to Keizer Police, the boy was crossing River Road on a bicycle at about 7:20 p.m. at Sunset Avenue when a car traveling southbound in the lane closest to the sidewalk struck him. Officers said the boy was traveling eastbound on Sunset Avenue, but didn’t stop before attempting to cross River Road. The driver, Julie Ann Castronovo, was operating a 2006 Porsche Cayenne and estimated she was going about 30 miles an hour. Posted speed is 35 miles per hour. The boy was transported to Salem Hospital. It is believed he was at fault in the accident, said Keizer Police Capt. Jeff...

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Plan traffic carefully

Keizer officials will do all they can to calm fears of traffic gridlock once Areas B and C at Keizer Station are developed and functional. Aside from the view of a big box building outside their back windows, the residents around the east Chemawa Road-Lockhaven Drive are justified to be concerned about how the increased traffic will affect their neighborhood. Developers and experts say that with some improvement and changes the traffic will flow efficiently throughout the Keizer Station area.  Unfortunately, we won’t know if that will be true until a large retailer, a transit center, housing and offices are open. At a Planning Commission meeting last week city planners discussed the necessary changes to existing streets and intersections.  Some of the designs they talked about won’t be in place until 2013 at the earliest and that depends on nailing down financing from the federal and state governments. Members of the planning commission hold the future of Keizer in their hands.  Over recent years the commissioners have been diligent about projects in the city.  No single project will affect how Keizer moves around more than Areas B and C. The master plan for Area B was presented to the planning commission last week. Issues of traffic flow in and out of the area were addressed to the satisfaction of the commmissioners, which approved the master plan unanimously.    The...

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Why to vote no on Measure 74

By H. MARC ADAMS What started as a law to allow the very sick to use marijuana to self-medicate has been hijacked by modern day bootleggers whose sole purpose is to make money. The fact is, for every ill person who needs the medicinal affects of marijuana there are dozens of people who are growing, selling and smoking marijuana for its intoxicating effects and who are profiting by hiding behind the “medical marijuana” smoke screen. Marijuana caregivers and growers are making tens of thousands of dollars selling marijuana that was supposed to go to the desperately ill.  The average Oregon citizen has no idea that: • A medical marijuana patient is allowed to have in their possession 24 ounces of marijuana. • Medical marijuana card holders can legally possess hashish. • A child with parental permission can get a medical marijuana card and then legally possess marijuana • There are 36,380 Oregonians who have medical marijuana cards and over 5,000 applications pending. •Sixty percent of patients seeking addiction treatment in Oregon last year were seeking treatment for marijuana addiction. • Doctors don’t prescribe marijuana. Doctors “recommend” patients for a medical marijuana card and only a few doctors do. • The majority of medical marijuana card referrals are made by only ten doctors in all of Oregon. Medical marijuana is not about medicine, it is about money and drug induced...

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IN THE RING: Do you support keeping in place lowered tax rates for $250,000-plus earners?

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: Do you support keeping in place lowered tax rates for $250,000-plus earners? If so, should Republicans take an all-or-nothing approach to keeping lower rates for high earners? Vic Backlund, former state reprentative— I believe that the Bush tax cuts should be retained for all levels of wage earners.  I personally think there is too much emphasis on singling out the wealthy for tax increases. I say that because the well-to-do are generally the ones who create jobs, who start new businesses, who contribute the most to charities, among other things.  I also think the tax cuts should be made permanent because the current uncertainty inhibits the climate for investments and that is not a good thing; should the tax cuts be retained, uncertainty would be eliminated and thus I believe that the economy would be stimulated. However, if there aren’t enough votes in Congress to retain in full the Bush tax cuts, then I would support raising the limit from $250,000 to $1 million” Roy Duncan, retired Oregon state analyst— Whether to keep the Bush tax (cut) rates or to banish them is the question and one party is trying to turn it...

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