Day: January 21, 2011

Mayor, councilors support McKane

To the Editor: To the Citizens of Keizer, Re: Councilor David McKane The Keizer City Council affirms and supports David McKane in his elected role of Councilor for the City of Keizer, position #1. Councilor McKane was elected by the citizens of Keizer and entrusted with representing the interests of those citizens in all matters that come before the Council. He has carried out those duties over the last six years with integrity, diligence, thoroughness, and sincerity. As his colleagues, who have also been granted the privilege of serving our community as Councilors, we have mutually benefited from Councilor McKane’s service and sincerely believe it is in the best interest of our community for him to continue in that service. We look forward to working together for and with the citizens of Keizer, to lead our community through the challenging times we all face and into a promising future. Lore Christopher, Mayor Cathy Clark, Council President Brandon Smith, Councilor Mark Caillier, Councilor Jim Taylor, Councilor Joe Egli,...

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Food bank taps new leader

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes At some level, Curt McCormack wishes he didn’t have his new job as program director of the Keizer Community Food Bank. “I’m astounded by the fact that we have to do this in this country, let alone this community,” McCormack said. “That there are kids and families that are hungry in 2011. What happened?” The upshot is that if someone must take on the role, McCormack seems well-suited to the mission of ending hunger. “I’m here because I have to be here, there’s a greater calling within me. My passion has always been social justice through the eyes of peace, race, sexual preference, through whatever eyes you want to see it,” he said. McCormack is taking the reigns from Paul Morgan, the longtime program director of the food bank, who is stepping aside to pave the way for new blood in the organization. “Curt’s eyes and his experience can bring us to a new level, and we have to go to the next level because we can’t stand still,” Morgan said. The Keizer Community Food Bank volunteers, who include congregants from six churches and nonaffiliated members of the community, distribute supplemental food boxes twice weekly, Mondays and Thursdays, from Faith Lutheran Church. During 2010, 150 food bank volunteers donated 22,240 hours to prepare and hand out 12,186 food boxes. Despite being open...

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Linda Baker is a gem of a drama teacher

To the Editor: Thank you for the uplifting article about McNary High School’s drama instructor Linda Baker (Keizertimes, Jan. 14). I have had the pleasure of volunteering under her leadership for the past few years and  was thrilled to read this article, as she is one of those amazingly gifted persons everyone should get to know. Along with Zoe Banton, Jim Taylor, McNary students and countless parent and community volunteers Linda Baker is the flagship of the fleet that makes the McNary Drama Department so very worthwhile. If there was ever an argument against cutting the budget for arts in the schools re-read this article to see how fine arts programs and the staff that make them come alive can play a positive role in the lives of people of all ages. A heartfelt thank you to Mrs. Baker for all the blood, sweat, tears, hours and love that she has put into the McNary Drama department. It has been a rare joy being able to experience something so special. Christine Rogerson...

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Cell phone tax use

To the Editor: You can rest assured there will be a cell phone tax on a ballot but only after more public hearings. This will be a good start to the council respectfully listening more before deliberations on hot button issues. There is no doubt in my mind that the city of Keizer police and the Keizer Fire District need more personnel and one way to fund this is to collect money to offset the 9-1-1 expenses. I will support a cell phone tax only if the money collected is not mixed into the general fund. I suggest the city establish a special 9-1-1 fund similar to the water fund which can be used exclusively for our water department.  Because ordinances and resolutions can be changed by the whims of the city council, the 9-1-1 tax must be locked into the city charter and the division of funds be specified.  In this way the citizen will have to vote on any future change to it. I suggest the following wording. “All revenue generated by the telecommunication tax imposed by the city shall be divided two-thirds to the City of Keizer and one-third to the Keizer Fire District. All 9-1-1 tax revenue shall be used exclusively to pay for direct 9-1-1- expenses. If the total revenue collected in any given year exceeds 20 percent of the previous year’s expenses, the...

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