Day: July 1, 2011

Get free Slurpees for doing right thing

Warning to kids: Keizer Police are looking for you, tickets in hand. Only this time it’s the good kind of tickets. Keizer Police officers will be “ticketing” youngsters with free Slurpee coupons when they are observed doing good deeds, participating in community activities or obeying laws like wearing bicycle helmets. It’s called Operation Chill, and it’s part of a program partnering with 7-Eleven to reward positive behavior. Youth “ticketed” by police will receive coupons good for a free small Slurpee that can be redeemed at participating 7-Eleven stores, including both Keizer locations. Student bus passes cut by legislature Student bus passes for the Cherriots transit system ended Thursday, June 30. The Business Energy Tax Credit funded the program via the state legislature, according to Salem-Keizer Transit, and state lawmakers opted not to fund the program this year due to statewide budget cuts. Transit officials hoped to keep the program running for another year, but the legislature opted to end it now. Jerry Thompson, president of the SKT board, said the program was “a real benefit to our students” and “adds one more barrier to quality education for many students.’ – Jason Cox Reporter’s Notebook is a new feature in the Keizertimes. Here our writers and editors will offer a glimpse behind the headlines to stories and issues bubbling just below the...

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Rights and responsibility

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. These words, etched in history by our founding fathers in the Declaration of Independence, changed not only the world but the destiny of mankind.  To this day people from around the globe see the United States as a beacon, a shining city on a hill.  Lady Liberty lifts her lamp and silently welcomes the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free.  Millions have risked life and limb to find their way to the freedom of our shores.  The promise of America still burns bright in the hearts and minds of people around the world of every ethnicity, race, religion or political leanings. Those extremists around the world who cry “Death to America” will not stamp out the flame of liberty here.  The idea of America is undying and will continue to be the model for billions around the world.  Despite the economic or social problems that plague the United States, our system is second to none; people around the world fight to live the life we do here. They hope for...

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Where I go from here

By DON VOWELL When I stopped appearing on this page, I imagined that hundreds of people would ask why.  If any actually had, I might have responded thus: I got lazy and hurried on a piece I submitted, and cheated some.  I began a piece about our American reluctance to pay for all that we ask and don’t ask our government to do.  It was developed to the rough draft stage, when David Sirota had a column in the Oregon saying much the same thing in a far more elegant and coherent way.   He had a perfect FDR quote about shared sacrifice, and contrasted that to the modern day Presidential responses. I should have independently found my own quote about the nature of shared sacrifice, but that one still seems most perfect.  Where I really went wrong is the wholesale theft of Mr. Sirota’s condemnation of the more recent Executive branch reactions to national peril.  I just nodded my head in agreement and included them.  Most especially I agreed with his contention that any President foolhardy enough to speak adult truths would be quickly isolated and never reelected. Then I was justifiably confronted about whether I had actually written any of it or simply taken the Sirota piece and redecorated a little bit.  I was asked to take a hiatus from this space and agreed that it was...

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A quick fix to save Obama’s skin?

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Did the International Energy Agency (IEA) just deliver the oil equivalent of Quantitative Easing 3? The decision to release 2 million barrels per day of emergency oil reserves — with the U.S. covering half from its strategic petroleum reserve — is surely aimed at the sputtering economies of the U.S. and Europe following an onslaught of bad economic statistics and forecasts. This includes a gloomy Fed forecast that Ben Bernanke unveiled less than 24 hours before the energy news hit the tape. I wonder if all this was coordinated. The Bernanke Fed significantly downgraded its economic projections, blaming this forecast on rising energy (and food) prices as well as Japanese-disaster-related supply shocks. Of course, the Fed head takes no blame for his cheap-dollar QE2 pump-priming, which was an important source of the prior jump in energy and commodity prices. That commodity-price shock inflicted a tax on the whole economy, and it looks to be responsible for the 2 percent first-half growth rate and the near 4.5 percent inflation rate. Bernanke acknowledged the inflation problem, but he didn’t take ownership of that, either. Reading between the lines, however, the Fed’s inflation worries undoubtedly kept it from applying more faux stimulus to the sagging economy with a third round of quantitative easing. Somehow, the new Fed forecast suggests that the second-half economy will grow at 3.5 percent while...

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Grad party made great by donors

To the Editor: Recently the McNary High School class of 2011 attended their All Night Grad Party, that started at 11 p.m. after the graduation event itself was only hours old. It’s an enormous undertaking to put on a party of such magnitude and it could not be done but for the many volunteer hours of numerous McNary parents (not just senior parents) and the scores of generous, business donors. The Keizer Volunteer Firefighters and the Siletz Tribal Charitable Contribution Fund (STCCF) both made  $500 donations which went toward the entertainment activities that kept the graduates busy and safe all night long.  (A complete list of donors can be seen on the McNary Celtic Celebration Facebook page.) The great thing about the event was the respect that was shown from the grads during the event; even when they were tired.  There were no problems, no kids out of line, and no disrespect.  I think we’re sending a responsible group into the world who will contribute in a positive way to society.  Way to go class of 2011, and good luck! Holly Rushton...

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