Day: December 10, 2010

Spending in the future

The City of Keizer has taken an important step regarding its future. Next week the first meeting of the General Fund Long Range Planning Task Force will be held and that’s good news for Keizer residents. The task force, comprised of the seven city councilors and the seven members of the budget committee, will work with city staff to create a plan for making long-term financial decisions that will be presented to the city council.  The task force was formed because by state law the budget committee cannot formally meet prior to the budget process in the spring. The formation of the task force is good news because it could lessen uncertainty about funding from year to year.  The city council will use the resultant document which will be a blueprint for making financial decisions. The task force will address projected revenue and expenditures; it needs to be cautious not to be  overly ambitious when projecting revenues.  Any number of things can affect future income: the level of state and federal monies received, property tax revenues and more.   A stalled economic recovery or a worsening recession can affect governments up and down the line.  Or our region could be victim to natural disaster. Any of these could affect economic development in Keizer which drives revenue into city coffers. There have been reports of the economy slowly recovering but...

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KARES: RIP

Keizer Animal Rescue Emergency Shelter (KARES) is no more.   The group has decided to retire the program. We tip our hat to the group and its leadership including Carol Doerfler and Dorothy Woodbury. KARES was formed to address the needs of companion animals in a disaster situation—sheltering lost animals and caring for animals found or brought in during an emergency. A dedicated core of volunteers put together a plan for Keizer animals that included a command center at the Keizer Civic Center and help from professionals such as veterinarians, kennel owners, groomers and others to help with a flood of lost and scared pets. If people had to evacuate their homes, such as in a flood, the volunteers were ready to take in pets and care for them until their owners could retrieve them, or were reunited with their owners. The only emergencies we’ve had recently are the flood and the icy, winter storm we faced a few years ago. We may not had a call for massive animal rescue but it certainly was comforting to know that KARES was there and ready to aid our four-legged family members. The organization may be shutting down but we hope there will be another dedicated group to pick up the baton in the near future....

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Hurt no animals

By LYNDON A. ZAITZ I want a dog.  I want an Australian sheep dog, the one with the droopy ears, the canine smile and the sparkly eyes.  I want a dog but I won’t get one. I have a cat, Punkin.  I can’t really be categorized as being a cat person—I like cats and dogs in equal measure.  But for me it comes down to which one can live according to my lifestyle. My cat can take care of herself all day long and probably prefers to be on her own where she can call the shots:  do I sleep on the bed?  On the sofa?  Do I eat now or later?  A dog is another matter altogether. I love dogs too much not to get one because I wouldn’t want it to be alone during the day.  Especially an Australian sheep dog which needs to be active, run around, rounding up stray herds and breathlessly awaiting the next chore. Until I have the space for two dogs to run around and play with each other I’ll have to stick with my cat.  Before you get the wrong idea, my cat is just a cat.  She is not pampered, she doesn’t have a kitty sweater.  I don’t have cat tchotchkes hanging around, I’m not obsessive about cats.  A cat fits my lifestyle and since they are solitary animals I...

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Washington is leaking oil

By HERMAN CAIN My first car as a teenager was an old car with a lot of problems, but at least it was functional. It had an oil leak and I could not afford to get the leak fixed. It was cheaper for me to add oil occasionally to prevent the engine from totally locking up, or worse yet, catching fire. The president, his administration and Congress are functionally leaking oil, and the American people are nervous about a total government shutdown, or worse yet, economic collapse. We are not too big to fail and as some people seem to believe, and Uncle Sam does not have a “sugar daddy” to bail us out. Leaking of classified information by WikiLeaks has compromised our national security, and has put our military warriors in and out of uniform at risk. We have yet to see definitive action by the administration to address the issue, even though we have seen and heard a lot of news stories that make us uncertain that the situation is under control. Economic uncertainty continues to thwart economic growth while Congress and the administration continue to bicker over extending the existing tax rates. Extending all of the tax rates is the right thing to do for the economy, instead of playing class warfare once again to try to gain a political victory. If Congress and the president...

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Lady Celts surprise with 2-0 start

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Either they were destined for success or two wins in their opening games surprised the Lady Celts of the McNary varsity basketball team as much as anybody. Depending on which one is asked, the answers run the gamut. “I knew our team was capable of winning any game as long as we focused,” said Celt Deven Hunter, who put up 28 points in the Celts’ 77-55 win over Franklin High School and 30 points in the team’s 56-49 victory against Silverton High School. Celt Averi Wing offers a coy smile when replying to the same question. “Honestly, yeah. I think we just worked harder than the other teams,” she said. Senior Keri Stein agreed that wins were a surprise given the short amount of time that the team has had to prepare for the season, but that the Celts knew when to capitalize on the other teams’ assumptions. “We ran our plays right and passed well. We had a few turnovers, but as the season progresses that will decline. People underestimated us and we came out and showed them what we were made of,” she said. McNary jumped out to a 22-13 lead in the first period of the Franklin game, but fell behind 39-36 going into the half. The teams remained neck-and-neck in third period, but the Celts put up 29...

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