Day: November 25, 2011

Reyes was the kind of person schools should be named for

When Keizerite Salvador Reyes learned he would have to undergo chemotherapy for stomach cancer he began scheduling his appointments at dawn. The Bush Elementary School physical education teacher wanted to make certain the appointments didn’t interfere with the time he got to spend with his students. In private, he shared with his colleagues his hope that some future day one of those students would become a doctor and find a cure for cancer. Unfortunately, Reyes’ time ran out May 21, 2011, when he succumbed to the disease. Only time will tell if Reyes’ dream is realized, but his colleagues at Bush are seeking to honor him for all the sacrifices he made to help his students realize their dreams. They are campaigning to have a new south Salem elementary school named after Reyes and the district would be hard-pressed to find a more fitting honoree. In addition to his duties in the classroom, Reyes was Bush’s site director for the Migrant Summer School Program. An immigrant himself, he knew well the challenges facing the new generation of migrant students. Reyes also volunteered his time as a soccer coach in youth leagues and at McNary High School. The involvement allowed continue contributing to a sport that had been a passion since his time as star player at South Salem High School and Willamette University. The district’s criteria for nominees is...

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What is in a title?

By ALLEN PRELL I just finished listening to the audio version of  Walter Isaacson’s Steve Jobs biography, the founder of Apple Computers.  The biography was filled with name dropping: Microsoft and Bill and Melinda Gates, Xerox, Disney and Michael Eisner. The list was extensive and it appeared that the biography alluded that, Steve Jobs worked with successful people and well respected businesses that supported and backed the high tech revolution. I read an article this week involving the Salem Courthouse Square and the white collar titles of those involved in the poor design, building  and structural integrity of the building. County commissioner,  facilities builder, and mayor are titles that speak volumes with power and influence. No one questioned the process or checked the details of those involved because they were in trusted positions. I notice the importance we place on name recognition in career positions and titles. Our society has  high standards and we tend to give high recognition to president, CEO, doctor, and  attorney. When someone  says “I am hiring an attorney,” our eyes bug out.  I see the  same response when I hear ” I am going to see a doctor,” we assume the worst.  I like to keep connected on LinkedIn (a business networking web site) and read the career titles and  job descriptions under the names. Again, creative rhetoric gives new meaning to what is...

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For Supercommittee, failure was an option

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS A few months ago, Washington’s big bad wolf was Republicans’ refusal to compromise by supporting any deficit reduction plan that included tax increases. Republicans were unreasonable, editorial pages fulminated, obstructionist and standing in the way of meaningful reform. On Monday, the supercommittee admitted it had failed to cut $1.2 trillion from the deficit over 10 years. Citizens Against Government Waste spokeswoman Leslie K. Paige called it “the unpardonable turkey.” At least this turkey cannot be laid on the GOP’s doorstep. Last week, a Republican on the supercommittee did try to compromise. As Politico reported, Sen. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., offered a 10-year, $1.5 trillion debt reduction plan that would raise about $500 billion in new revenue while cutting spending by $750 billion. Toomey is about the last Republican you would expect to support an increase in taxes. When the freshman senator was president of the Club for Growth, the organization was a champion of supply-side economics and thought Republicans who were willing to compromise on taxes were a scourge. Toomey’s very placement on the 12-member bipartisan supercommittee reinforced the Beltway view that Republicans would not try to cut a deal. Toomey comes from the school that contends that Washington has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Democrats advocate raising tax rates on the rich to address the deficit; Republicans believe that such increases could topple...

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First Citizen deserves better

To the Editor: I’ve known Roland Herrera for some 20 years and there is nobody that I know of that represents Keizer and volunteerism better than he does. I’ve seen him help others for no other reason than it was the right thing to do. No one is perfect and neither is Roland, but  I have to believe that after listening to the report of the incident he was fired for, I would have to say that maybe someone had an agenda for Roland.  Keizer’s First Citizen deserves better than this. Tom Hess...

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