Day: November 12, 2010

Some thoughts on Veterans Day

By JIM WILLIS “A Veteran is a fellow citizen; an ordinary person who at one significant point in his or her life made out a blank check payable to the United States of America for any amount up to and including their life.” The author of these words is anonymous, but their understanding of the commitment made by our Veterans is clear, concise and meaningful to anyone who ever wore the uniform of our Armed Forces. These same Veterans took an oath on enlistment in which they said, “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.  So help me God.” Our Veterans swear this oath to neither king nor state.  Our men and women in uniform swear allegiance to the U.S. Constitution, a document encompassing the vision of liberty and the rule of free men under law – a radical concept for some even today, but one that has kept America free and strong and a beacon of hope for people around the world for more than 200 years....

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Rosa Marie Jenkins

Ms. Jenkins, of Keizer, died Sunday, Oct. 31, 2010. She was 88. Born Oct. 4, 1922, in Delta, Colo. to William and Rosa Clark, she later moved to the Salem area. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, crocheting and preserving jams. The family wishes to thank Avamere Court Retirement Community for their care. She was preceded in death by four siblings, Charles Clark, Helen Earl, Evelyn Patton and Martha Clark. Survivors include: four children, Larry Large of Alba, Texas, Ron Tripp of Salem, Donna Zeeb of Keizer and Ruth Ann Richardson of Salem; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and her dog, Buffy. At her request no service was held.  Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral...

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Job applications: online or in person?

By SHARON PRELL Most industries are making finding a job harder and harder because of online applications rather than being able to just walk in and put a face to the name. The company websites are complicated when it comes to naming the application and placing it on theair website. Usually, it’s under “careers” and this is usually at the bottom of the page. Wouldn’t it be easier to just go into the store and be handed a piece of paper that you can fill out right there? By the time you get to the application online, you see that they show and mark off how many categories you have to go through to complete the process. It doesn’t seem like much until you start and then realize each categories—up to seven— has around three parts to each one. The format determines how fast or slow you finish each part and by the time you get to the next category, you’re left saying “Really?” This usually happens more towards the end of the categories when you’ve answered a few questions basically reworded about 20 or more times. On the other hand, walking into a store where you want to work makes you feel like you’re getting a sense of the atmosphere. You ask for the hiring manager, introduce yourself, ask if they are hiring, and ask for an application....

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