Day: December 9, 2011

Views on Jingle Run/Walk

To the Editor: I appreciate the opportunity to summarize my public comments from the last two Council meetings regarding the Jingle Bell Run/Walk. I opposed having the run at night in a crowded residential area amongst moving traffic.  I supported having the event on River Road before the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade in a well-lighted closed course.  I appreciated and considered the comments from the five businesses opposing the River Road idea in our second meeting and stated so. In the days prior to their testimony I had an equal number of businesses on River Road tell me they supported both events and in some cases were extending business hours and adding staff.  By my count, at least 60 businesses on River Road are Keizer Chamber members.  Some of the five opposing the event are Chamber members. The Chamber was sponsoring this event and the proceeds were primarily going to support the McNary High School boys and girls cross country and track teams which had suffered funding cuts and had volunteered to assist in the event.  Proceeds beyond the McNary commitment (unlikely in the first year) would go to other Chamber programs. As the traffic plan for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk was not complete, it was unclear if the event would add an hour or ninety minutes to the street closure.  In either instance the Jingle Bell Run/Walk...

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Keizer has egg on its face

To the Editor: I have been involved with the Clear Lake annexation issue for some time now and have asked some hard questions of both districts as well as the city of Keizer.  I am perplexed at the lies and deceit being communicated by the Keizer Fire District (KFD) and the city of Keizer wanting to partner with them.  The recent 911 measure, in which the voters of Keizer said no by an 80 percent majority, being the most recent example of KFD’s web of deception. Let’s consider the failed 911 fee.  I was at the town hall meeting at the Gubser School and heard what the city had to say and I do believe what I was told by the city councilors.  I also watched the Statesman Journal interview with Chief Jeff Cowan and Chief Marc Adams.  I then received an email from Chief Cowan that told a completely different story and directly contradicted everything I heard at the Gubser meeting.  The scare tactics that were used were appalling and all lies.  Is this really who the city wants to partner with to protect its citizens? Keizer Fire District is in financial trouble, they finally admit this in the budget plan they made public last month.  I have found evidence of this in the board minutes going back a year.   They do not paint a rosy picture...

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