Day: February 9, 2011

A different view of health care?

By ALLEN PRELL I was taken aback by the mass shooting in Tucson, Arizona killing six and wounding 14 people including Rep. Gabrielle Gifford, the result of a “sick individual.” I am heartfelt when I see pictures of wounded soldiers and survivors of  vehicle accidents with various injuries in different stages of recovery. It is common to hear people say “thank God they survived” when a person moves beyond the critical condition into the recovery stage in these cases. We are all connected in one way or another  to these people through their tragedy, whether it be as friends, family, or colleagues. It has been said that for every person who dies, 50 other people are affected and that time allows for healing and lets us move on. The same cannot be said for people who have long-term illnesses  or have life-altering injuries from a tragedy. Fifty others are in a constant state of grief for years, but sadly, cannot move on due to years of recovery and rehabilitation. The stagnant health of the elderly is a constant on the system and family members for the remainder of their life. So, why do we say “thank God they survived“ whether it be the result of illness, injury, or living past our prime? Our medical system is so sophisticated with new advances in tests, treatment and medical devices created every...

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Planning Commission approves big box grocer plan

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Keizer’s Planning Commission recommended to the Keizer City Council a site plan that includes a 116,000 square foot grocer near Keizer Station. The vote was 7-0. The plan still faces council approval. For a blow-by-blow of Wednesday night’s meeting, see our Twitter page at twitter.com/keizertimes. Conditions tacked on by commissioners include evergreen trees on the west edge of a proposed medical tower facing Chemawa Road NE, increasing bike rack parking spaces, and widening a bicycle path. The commission also voted that the proposed multi-story medical building along Chemawa Road NE be moved east eight feet – creating a 30-foot setback – amid concerns of the building towering over nearby single-family homes. Numerous residents testified on the matter; for a sampling of quotes click here. Representatives from the group Keep Keizer Livable, formed to oppose the big box project, raised issues of neighborhood compatibility and technical matters within Keizer’s development code. Kevin Hohnbaum, a group co-founded, pointed to the mixed use zone’s purpose statement, that says zoning “will allow increased development on busier streets without fostering a strip commercial appearance.” Hohnbaum said the planned discount grocer, which could be Walmart, “surrounded by acres of parking is about as commercial strip looking as possible.” He also said the zone’s purpose statement “will … provide a buffer between busy streets and residential neighborhoods,” but Hohnbaum asserted the...

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