Day: November 4, 2011

GOP field is less than stellar

To the Editor: Regarding results of web poll results (Keizertimes, Oct. 28): The results are frightening since Herman Cain is not a real candidate with a plan —he’s a book salesman with a slogan.  He’s the new Donald Trump—less smarmy but just as silly.  The 9-9-9 thing is a slogan based on a modified KISS principle —Keep It Simple AND Stupid. Do you really think the IRS and the army of tax lawyers/preparers will just disappear to be replaced by a page form that raises taxes on everyone except plutocrats?  Oh sure, Rick Perry does, but he’s the governor of Texas and history shows you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to hold that job.  Face it, Republicans, Mitt the Flipper is your guy and who knows, he may have his own tax simplification plan soon.  As for the rest of the field, there’s always Dancing With the Stars. Martin Doerfler...

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Action needed now on Alzheimer’s

By JON BARTHOLOMEW Every 69 seconds, someone in America develops Alzheimer’s disease. Currently there are an estimated 5.4 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, which could grow to 16 million by 2050. In Oregon, about 76,000 people have Alzheimer’s, as well as over 162,000 unpaid family caregivers. For these caregivers, increased stress leads to more health problems, time providing care leads to less time for work, family or their own interests, and many are financially devastated. As the boomers turn 65 and we continue to see the rate of Alzheimer’s increasing, we will be facing a crisis. We need to take action now to avert this crisis. We need to set a goal for where we want to be and then determine how best to get there. If we don’t do this, we will see insurance rates skyrocket, Medicare and Medicaid drained, and millions more families suffering needlessly. There is some good news. Plans are being created to address the Alzheimer’s crisis at both the national and Oregon levels. Congress unanimously passed the National Alzheimer’s Project Act last year, which requires the creation of a national plan for Alzheimer’s. This effort is up and running, and people can provide input and follow the progress by going to napa.alz.org. Here in Oregon, the Alzheimer’s Association is partnering with state legislators, non-profit organizations, government agencies, scientific and academic researchers, memory care providers, individual...

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911 fee

To the Editor: Over twenty years ago, the Oregon Legislature started a 75 cent per month tax on telephone service to pay for the newly created 9-1-1 emergency telephone service.  Twenty years ago the 75 cent tax was enough to pay the bill.  A lot has changed since then. The difference between today’s 9-1-1 and yesterday’s 9-1-1 is the same as the difference between your smart phone and the coin-operated, rotary-dialed pay phones on street corners in black and white photos.  No longer is the service just pick up a phone and dial 9-1-1, where a dispatcher answers the phone and sends the police, ambulance or fire truck.  Technological changes have produced a much more effective, efficient and safer system. Computer-aided dispatch means a faster, better response… and a higher cost. Along with the enormous changes in technology, the cost of public safety emergency communications has seen enormous growth as well.  Today it costs the City of Keizer $690,400 a year to provide modern police emergency communications.  The cost from labor, equipment, computer software, phone lines, cell phones, etc. has driven the expense far past the resources provided by the 9-1-1 tax. In 2010/11 the City of Keizer received $107,400 from the State of Oregon 9-1-1 Tax.  The cost for 9-1-1 dispatch service alone was $453,500—add in the cost of police car computers, radios, network support, software, etc. and the...

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Local businesses help fill shelves

To the Editor: On behalf of the Keizer Community Food Bank (KCFB), I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Ed Roberts and the Nightmare Factory crew at the Oregon School for the Deaf for adding 1,500 pounds of food to the Bank’s shelves during their October Halloween event. We also thank Tony Grove at Tony’s Kingdom of Comics and Jim Nardi and his staff at Uptown Music for regularly making the Keizer Community Food Bank the recipient of their special events.  These two businesses go out of their way tohelp keep food on our shelves.  Next time you’re in their neighborhood, stop in and say “thank you for supporting the food bank.” And last but by no means least, we thank you, the Keizer community for supporting these businesses through your generous donations to the KCFB.  Matthew 25 provides the framework for our food bank mission:  “I was hungry and you gave me food…” Because of your generosity, we are able to make that mission a reality for families and individuals who find their cupboards empty. Rev. Curt McCormack, Director Keizer Community Food...

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Celt duo headed to state XC meet

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes It’s been a season of firsts for McNary High School’s cross country teams. It was the first time the girls had two team members, senior Ashley Burger and junior Courtney Repp, named to the first team all-league. It was the first time the Celts had a runner, Aisha Amaitsa, named to the second team all-league. It was the first time any Celt, freshman Selena Ravey, won the junior varsity district meet. It was the first time the boys had three runners, Tyler Jordan, 17:39, Dylan McHugh, 17:49, and Edgar Jimenez, 17:54, finish the district meet in under 18 minutes. The girls varsity team also finished in third place in the district meet, the highest placing in the team’s history. “We took 25 kids to the district meet and 19 finished with personal records, what more can a coach ask for?” said Rick Fordney, McNary head coach. As a result of all these firsts, two runners – Burger and Repp – are headed to the state meet Saturday, Nov. 5 in Eugene. “It’s been my dream since freshman year,” Burger said. “Getting there was pretty much the best feeling ever. I was ranked first all season and I kind of  expected it, but still when it happened, I was like ‘omigosh.’” Burger finished ninth overall with a time of 20:41, four seconds shy...

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