Day: January 28, 2011

Don’t kill space dreams

By DACIA NICHOL In the interest of taking a breather from Earth reality, I’d like to opine about an issue that we haven’t really discussed with much passion in recent times outside of tragedy and love triangles: NASA. What’s happening here? Must you defund our souls? Well, as it goes when all children grow up, it seems that we’ve moved on. Space is no longer a frontier for national pride. Oh, and we’ve been spending more time trying to get Russia back into Afghanistan than we did ensuring that they were kicked out while they were there (as the Soviet Union). Basically, we don’t have a ball to dress up for so we have to figure out how to make money on all the excess material we don’t need for fancy gowns anymore. Bad metaphor. Sorry. I blame my daughter for the Cinderella reruns. I was trying to say that since we’re not competing with the Soviets through the Cold War anymore, we don’t have reason for a space program on steroids. No more competition means no more justification, and now we’re having some problems with the ghost of Cold War past, i.e., where do we go from here? I’ve always thought our space program was important as a tool of unity, more so than any type of technological advantage, although NASA has certainly turned out some cool stuff...

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Everyone is not against cell tax

To the Editor: I just saw the article on the cell phone tax being rescinded. A survey was sent out to the homes in Keizer. For those of us who took the time and effort to respond we told you what we wanted for Keizer. We wanted the tax for the police and 911 system. Now you decide to do what you want for us, again. Really! The police are not free, 911 is not free, we have paid for these services for decades with our land lines and taxes, why not now? Many of us have iPads, iPhones, satellite tv, Kindles etc. , but do you think the 911 system should stay ten steps behind today’s  technology? Our police and firemen are like our soldiers in service. They are our heroes here who come when we need them. Who protect those who can’t protect themselves, who race toward the problem while we run away. They work the hours and days we don’t want to work. For all of this you want them to beg for every cent and cut their budget to bare bones? Keizer is a nice place to live because the police have done such a good job of keeping crime at bay. With the expansion of Keizer Station and the economy, we need more officers not less. It cost at lot less to deal with...

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The lawful way for drivers to sirens

To the Editor: Re: Letter to the editor (“Read your driver’s manual,” Jan. 21) Mr. Lelack, you are absolutely correct in stating “When you see or hear an emergency vehicle, you must pull over to the right, stop and stay stopped until the emergency vehicle has passed.” When an emergency responder drives an emergency vehicle with lights and siren code three, while responding to an emergency, the following applies. The emergency vehicle is asking for the right of way, never demanding it. Based upon my years of experience driving emergency vehicles, it is more difficult to recognize an emergency vehicle in the day time approaching you from the rear than from the front, or oncoming traffic. The particular vehicle driven by the chief (Marion County Fire District #1 Chief Kevin Henson) had lights inside the cab, not overhead emergency lights like a larger fire engine or ambulance. It is likely the truck driver did not see or hear the emergency vehicle fast approaching him from the rear. The chief was reportedly driving 62 miles per hour in a posted 45 mph speed zone, with very little shoulder, no turn lane and deep ditches and driveways on both sides of the road. When driving an emergency vehicle, you are still responsible for your own safety and those of the public you encounter on the road. You cannot pass unsafely, or...

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Fluoride again

To the Editor: Is it not ironic that that we will have less fluoride in our water system going forward?  In the past, Keizer put one part per million (ppm) of fluoride into our water each day during nine months of the year. Former federal guidelines suggested a level of between 0.7 to 1.2 ppm. The EPA and the Health and Human Services Department now suggest a reduced  level at 0.70 ppm  after reviewing more scientific data which showed harmful consequences at higher levels. When Keizer follows the new recommendation it will mean Keizer will not have to waste $48,000 for new pumps and will not have to squander an additional $30,000 annually on fluoride. Hooray for us!  Do you remember the outcry from esteemed dentists both locally and from Portland who indicated the end of the world if Keizer did not maintain the 1.0ppm level year around?  It appears former city Councilor Richard Walsh was correct when he wanted to save unnecessary expense. Since the city council ordered the director of public works to maintain the fluoride level at 1.0 ppm year around, does it take a council action to reduce that level? I hope we don’t have to have another lengthy public hearing on this issue. Bill Quinn...

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