Month: October 2010

Yes on Measure 74 is a smart vote

By ANTHONY JOHNSON It is clear that Chief Marc Adams is more opposed to medical marijuana in general than he is against Measure 74 (Op-Ed page, Keizertimes, Sept. 24). It is apparent, that many law enforcement officers would prefer to go back in time to when cancer patients suffered through chemotherapy or patients using cannabis instead of addictive opiates could be arrested, prosecuted and jailed. Thank God, however, that Oregonians are more compassionate than Chief Adams and Sheriff Tom Bergin (who proposed an initiative that would have criminalized medical marijuana patients.). Measure 74 will provide patients with a nontoxic natural medicine, recommended by their doctor, through licensed and regulated nonprofit dispensaries. The nonprofit dispensaries will not be “privately owned” like Adams claims. The dispensaries will be subject to inspection and audits by the Oregon Health Authority and their nonprofit status will be monitored by the Oregon Department of Justice. Measure 74 contains common-sense regulation and provides the state with the necessary tools to effectively regulate the program. The common-sense regulation is why the measure is supported by a former Portland police chief, a former federal prosecutor and a retired Oregon Supreme Court Judge–their supporting statements may be read in the Oregon Voters’ Pamphlet that will be mailed to all Oregon voters. Cancer patients shouldn’t have to go without a medicine that will help them survive through chemotherapy. Patients inflicted...

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Harmful bureaucracy indeed

To the Editor: I read Chris Peyton’s guest opinion in  the Keizertimes (‘Think of effect of a big box ban,’ Sept. 24). The last two words of his column struck a note with me: harmful bureaucracy. To me the harmful bureaucracy is the mayor and city council’s change of mixed use from what it had been. I am one of many that signed a petition (banning big box retail stores outside Area A in Keizer Station) because a lot of changes have been done over the years with no thought at all, in my opinion. I have yet to see any improvement with traffic but they let a very large apartment complex go in on River Road not far from The Meadows. They can get money to put new landscaping and statues but no money to put bus turnouts on River Road or upgrading traffic signals. I am very much for slow growth or no growth until the city gets back to basics and get caught up. Citizens have a right to try to correct what they see as wrong, if you are not for the petition don’t sign it and if it is on the ballot then vote no, that is your choice. I think Peyton thinks all bureaucracy is bad, so let him put the fox in charge of the henhouse, that is what you get too...

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Tired of drivers breaking phone law

To the Editor: I am sick and tired of seeing people continue to drive while talking or texting on  hand-held cell pones.  It’s extremely unsafe, folks, and, it’s against the law. When the law took effect this year and enforcement was started, there was an obvious drop in people talking/texting while driving.  Now it seems the numbers have gone back up, and all you have to do is just look around to see that there are plenty of lawbreakers on the streets of Keizer. I totally respect our local police, but I think they might be dropping the ball a little on this matter.  Twice recently I watched as people talking on hand-held phones drove right in front of Keizer officers and neither officer responded. John A. Clay...

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Help a scout, help the library

To the Editor: I am a member of Boy Scout Troop 67 and am working on my Eagle project. My project benefits the Keizer Community Library. Keizer is the only city of its size in the U.S. that does not have a funded library.  To keep the library operational, the library staff holds biannual book sales to raise revenue to pay the bills. The main challenge with this is the library needs more books. You can contribute to this cause by leaving books, DVD’s, VHS tapes, or books on tape (no textbooks or magazines) in collection bins at Roth’s Fresh Market, Keizer True Value Hardware, or the Keizertimes office before October 30. If you wish to make a financial donation, you may bring it to the library which is located in the Keizer Heritage Center at 980 Chemawa Rd. NE. If you have any questions call me at (503)-463-6546. Thank you in advance for your donations. Grant Gerstner...

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Are dogs a priority?

To the Editor: I read that Keizer has 16 parks in the city.  I am happy for Keizer’s  families.  It must take quite a few dollars to maintain them, but  families are worth it.  For years I have been an advocate for children/family entertainment and activity centers .  My thoughts on this line began when my children were young and when two skate palaces were closed, and the last one several years later.  We even had an ice rink in West Salem.  Nothing for years replaced these avenues of entertainment for our young people. I know of one resident here in Keizer who has worked endless hours trying to bring tennis courts to Keizer—I wonder if his hundreds of hours of efforts have been wasted with delays from a city council which thinks they know where, when and if they should be placed. I had hopes that a library for Keizer would be on the council’s agenda some time and so far it doesn’t seem to be a concern. It looks like the library lease (Heritage Community Center) may be debatable for a longer extension , but an irrigation system for $19,000 is a concern of the council’s for the dog park and “huge changes” according to a recent article will be accomplished soon to make this happen. Why and how can Keizer afford this when they can’t add...

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