Day: October 22, 2010

Foreclosures

Just when Americans thought things couldn’t get any worse, along comes the foreclosure mess, which could very well jeopardize the buds of recovery from the worse economy climate in decades. Across the country, in 23 states, a moratorium on home foreclosures was implemented by financial institutions in response to allegations that sloppy and potentially fraudulent paperwork led to questions about the validity of many of those repossessions.  Not all banks stopped all foreclosures, but enough did to open the entire process to question. It has been reported that some servicers simply ran foreclosure affidavits through a computer-signed factory; some employees admit they never even read through most of the documents to ascertain whether a property should be seized. That has created a flood of foreclosures on homes, some of which should not have been in that position.  There are many stories of the horrors homeowners have faced during this debacle—not knowing their home was being foreclosed on or even being foreclosed on when they don’t have a mortgage. What led to the current situation, in part, was a desire to decrease the cost of a loan to the consumer.  That was done with a company called the Mortgage Electronic Registration Systems (MERS) that tracked servicing rights and ownership of mortgage loans.  MERS says its process eliminates the need to file assignments in the county land records, which lowers costs...

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Republicans set to win elections

By ROSS DAY By nearly all accounts, the upcoming election on November 2 is going to cause a substantial shift in the political landscape both nationally and here in Oregon.  On a national level, most political pundits believe that the Republicans are going to make tremendous gains in both the House of Representatives and the United States Senate. In Oregon, Republicans are expected to pick up seats in both the Oregon House of Representatives and the Oregon Senate.  Some observers actually think the Republicans in the Oregon Senate may actually take over the majority. And then, of course, is the governor’s race in Oregon, where Republican Chris Dudley is facing off against Democrat John Kitzhaber.  The Republicans have not held the governorship in Oregon since 1986.  Currently standing at 24 years, the Republicans’ losing streak in Oregon is the longest active losing streak in the nation. But there are signs that Chris Dudley is going to break that streak this year.  First of all, the mood of the electorate nationally as well as in Oregon is decidedly against the Democratic Party.  Oregon has been hit particularly hard by the recession, and has consistently out-paced the national average for unemployment.  The Democrats have been in charge in Oregon over the last four years, and most voters blame the Democrats for the desperate circumstances that Oregon finds itself in. Second is...

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Keizer has a DAR group

By CORALE GOESCH and KARIN LIGHTNER How many of our Keizer residents are aware of the Daughters of the American Revolution, and how many know thereis a DAR chapter right here in Keizer? The Anna Maria Pittman Chapter of the DAR is based in Keizer, and was organized in December 1985. That means our chapter has been an active Keizer organization for 25 years. Our members are a proud group of women who can directly trace their heritage through a long deceased great-grandfather and/or great-grandmother who supported the American Revolution. The namesake of our chapter, Anna Maria Pittman, was born in New York City,  in 1803. When the Methodist Church decided to send missionaries to the west to work with the native population, Miss Pittman told the Missionary Board that she wished to go, too. She was among three unmarried women sent with “the First Reinforcement” in 1836, arriving in June, 1837 in the Oregon territory. Miss Pittman became the first white woman to be married in Oregon, marrying Methodist missionary Jason Lee. The following June she became the first white woman to give birth to a child in Oregon, and the first to die in Oregon, two days after the birth and death of her infant son. Anna Maria Pittman Lee and her son are buried in the Jason Lee Cemetery on D Street in Salem, along with...

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Jim Bair

Jim Bair, of Keizer, died Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2010. He was 52 years old. A Celebration of Life service is set for 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, at Salem Vineyard Church. Reception will follow. Bair had been fighting chronic rejection after receiving a double lung transplant in September of 2008. Born April 28, 1957, in Seattle, he married wife Lisa on Jan. 21, 1987. He enjoyd fishing, camping, volunteering in the community and spending time with family. Survivors include: his wife, Lisa; two sons, Ryan and Chris; sisters, Char and Sandra; and brothers, Leroy and Lyle. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Jim Bair Fund at West Coast Bank in...

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