Day: May 6, 2011

bin Laden’s death doesn’t make us safe

To the Editor: On word of Osama bin Laden’s death, jubilant flash mobs filled the nation’s streets, flags flew off store shelves, and President Obama triumphantly declared: “there is nothing we [Americans] can’t do.”  But, lost in this euphoria has been what it is that we celebrate. The killing of bin Laden, contrary to popular belief, does not “make us safer,” or signal the impeding end to the “war on terror.”  In truth, it signals the further escalation of the war.  Bin Laden’s death will do nothing to deter suicidal terrorists.  Meanwhile, the “success” of the American raid will only increase such targeted assassinations by the US military and CIA.  Violence breeds violence. Those celebrating America’s “victory” and the death of bin Laden—a grotesque mass murder, no doubt—would be wise to give pause. Contrary to Obama’s claims, America seems incapable of one thing: breaking the cycle of violence and death. Ben Schreiner...

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Mike Hart

To the Editor: I am proud to endorse Mike Hart for re-election to the Keizer Fire District Board of Directors. While I am not a Keizer resident, I have known Mike for over 30 years and can attest to his knowledge, experience and dedication. As a Marion County Commissioner I had the opportunity to work with Mike on a number of different projects over the years.  Mike always gives 100 percent in everything he does. Keizer has a rich history of volunteer leaders who have unselfishly given of their time and energy to build the community that has become the City of Keizer, Mike Hart has the same commitment and love of community. He has earned your trust, he deserves your vote. Randy Franke Salem To the Editor: Mike Hart is seeking another term on the Keizer Fire Board and I believe he is the better person for the position. Mike has attended nearly every board meeting during the last eight years and has contributed greatly in establishing policy for the district. The Keizer Fire District is facing a financial problem due in part to the fact that revenue generated by the ambulance service is insufficient to cover the costs. The district receives low reimbursement payments from Medicare and Medicaid which has to be made up from the general fund budget. Mike knows the problem and has worked diligently...

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Jerry Watson

To the Editor: Please join me in supporting Jerry Watson for the Chemeketa Community College Board. His extensive experience with Chemeketa is critical as every program and service must find the greatest efficiency, stretching the budget to serve increasing numbers of students. As a former Keizer City Councilor, Jerry is committed to ensuring Chemeketa stays strong because those services are very important to Keizer, including our connection to the regional library system, affordable college education for people of all ages, and job training for our work force. Jerry has worked with me on library issues to help promote partnership and cooperation between our libraries. I know he will continue to represent us very well on the Chemeketa Board. Please vote for Jerry Watson, Chemeketa Community College Board, position 6. Cathy Clark Keizer To the Editor: I am a Chemeketa Community College fan! They provide a valuable service to our community and that is, in part, due to the good decisions made by the Board members. I endorse Jerry Watson for the Chemeketa Board of Education.  I’ve known Jerry for a number of years.  I’ve had the opportunity to work with him on issues involving the city of Keizer (where he previously served on the city council), the regional Council of Governments Community Development Partnership Board (on which we both serve now) and in his current role as a member...

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Robert Palmer

To the Editor: I retired from Marion County Fire District #1 as the Assistant Chief with 34 years of service.  In my time there I worked with Bob Palmer as a volunteer Deputy Chief.  I am voting for Bob for a director’s position on the board.  The Fire District needs Bob on the board at this time.  He is honest, hard working, and dedicated to this community.  You will not see any desire in him to be a career politician.  His love of the district and desire to see the taxpayers needs met are evident.  Vote with me for Bob Palmer. Robert Jung...

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Protect union member’s rights

To the Editor: In answer to Randy Franke’s claim and blatant campaigning during monthly board meetings regarding this union defending employees, we are obligated and have a responsibility to protect a union member’s right to a fair process and timely discipline. We are bonded as officers and required to represent members. Contrarily the fire board seems proud of spending funds on legal costs to the sum of $435,000 the past one and a half fiscal years. They speak about it as a necessity. There isn’t another fire district in the state of Oregon spending tax payer funds arguing with its own personnel like this. It is shocking! An additional mentor/consultant for the fire chief has cost over $100,000. None of this is working and it impacts our public service. Chief J. Kevin Henson, who was cited for illegal operation of emergency vehicle and carried a gun in his response vehicle against policy during his wreck on Dec. 31, is another failure by MCFD Board members to hold themselves accountable. They have not allowed a neutral third party investigate the chief’s incident. After the wreck gun authorization of the chief was made “retroactive” to 2009 by a Board, Randy Franke sits on, in order to exonerate themselves and the Chief. Franke and Orville Downer, also running for re-election to the MCFD, admitted last month that prior weapon authorization was done...

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