Day: December 16, 2011

It’s not the holidays without a few stains

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL The Christmas experience is a little like the “Groundhog Day” movie.  Or, I imagine it is – I haven’t actually seen the movie.   Each year we are freshly surprised at how time compresses in the approach of Christmas Day.  In this year that we vowed to get everything done ahead of time, we still have some stuff to do. We are ahead of the game at least in one category.  We have had our first small-scale calamity.  Last night, after stringing the lights on our tree, I saw it as my duty to vacuum up the debris/needles dropped in the process.  Visibility is poor under the tree so it shouldn’t seem surprising that I managed to suck the pull-cord for the drapes into the vacuum cleaner.  When I burrowed under the tree to free the cord, I may have bumped the end table.  A full glass of grape juice was spilled onto the carpet, otherwise sort of an ivory color. At first I was a little disgruntled, but after seeing how much entertainment it provided wife and son, it seemed kind of worth it.  Schuyler had brought a freshly baked chocolate cake with a layer of marshmallow in the middle.  A little like a 13 inchHostess Cupcake with a serious upgrade in ingredients – complete with spiral squiggle on top.  You...

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Good call for moratorium

By RANDY FRANKE In the Friday December 9th Keizertimes the editor stated the following; “The best solution is for the districts to reinstate the ambulance agreement that allows Keizer Fire District to collect the $75,000 it lost when the agreement was abandoned. Then the two districts should agree to a moratorium on the annexation issue for five years, allowing for in depth discussions on the future of both districts.” Personally and as president of Marion County Fire District #1 (MCFD) I agree and I am willing to encourage other board members to also concur. The question is how we get all three parties (Keizer Fire District, MCFD and City of Keizer) to agree to step back from the precipice, rescind all actions taken to date and enter into a serious discussion on what is “in the best interests” of Keizer and how to best serve all the residents of Keizer now and into the future. It would be a great Christmas present to our tax payers if all three governing bodies (KFD, MCFD, and City of Keizer) embraced the Keizertimes’ suggested solution. I will recommend to the Marion County Fire District #1 Board of Directors that they endorse and support that proposal at our next board meeting on Wednesday Dec. 14. Time is obviously of the essence.  The Keizer City Council will need to make a decision at the...

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Proud of my dad

To the Editor: I am writing this letter because I want people to know how proud my dad, Roland Herrera was to represent the City of Keizer in a positive way. Whether it was running the chain gang for McNary football, coaching and volunteering for Keizer Little League, or helping fix leaks for people that couldn’t afford to pay a plumber on his days off. I witnessed him buy gallon jugs of water for a lady that had her water turned off. One Christmas we helped a man that had no water for a week and we took him some tamales. My dad’s dedication to Keizer flowed deep. There was always a project for McNary’s football or baseball fields or youth sports teams. I found it interesting that on the same page in this paper that had the article of his dismissal was a story on how nice Country Glen Park is. The park where I helped my dad plant trees, and gather signatures for the path, and install a bike rack (at no cost to the city). My brothers and I grew up watching him organize fund raisers for kids’ sports and working on city projects using his own tools. I would even look forward to helping him at the annual Public Works Open House serving hotdogs or whereever they needed assistance. As long as I can remember...

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Helping Roland

To the Editor: I am supporting Roland Herrera based on my personal knowledge of the fact that he was terminated from his job of 19 years with the City of Keizer. I have personally known Roland since 1964.  We grew up attending grade school, junior high, and high school together.  I have always known Roland to be the most honest, trustworthy, positive individual. We both had families, and through sports in Keizer I really saw Roland’s true character.  Roland was always willing to lend an extra hand, be it a ride to or from sports for the kids, or help with fund raising.   This also brings me to a point that he is a 16 year volunteer at the Keizer Little League fields.  He was recognized for his excellence at the Keizer Little League Fields.  It is so hard for me to understand how a community that prides itself on standing together, and who can give a man who is so deserving of this award, and so dedicated to the city of Keizer, how this city can now let this man down!  He has also been given in the past the First Citizen’s award and yet again was so deserving, Keizer, can I ask you, can you give this man your support and can we do the right thing and rally together, stand behind this man and his...

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Agenda 21 alive and well?

To the Editor: Agenda 21 aka “sustainable development,” first introduced in 1987 and officially inaugurated by the United Nation, in a document called UN Sustainable Development Agenda 21, issued at the UN’s Earth Summit Conference in 1992 Rio de Janeiro. Agenda 21 is the ongoing project seeking government control over living conditions; a necessity to install totalitarianism following Frederick Engels mandates. Engels is considered as one of the Father of Communism, author in 1847 of”Principles of Communism.” In his work Engels signaled abolition of private property as the most significant measure for government control. However, he indicated this measure would only take place when means of production were available in sufficient quantities in the hands of government. Barack Hussein Obama operative methods are carrying Engels recommendations with outstanding brilliancy. Nothing is new since 1847. Barack, mystified by Marxism with the result of a crescent electorate lacking self respect and self determination is just following Communism’s father’s mandates as an obedient serf of the International Communism deeply penetrated in our society. Engels in his Principles of Communism listed twelve measures for the Communism’s revolution and his so called “Democracy” to succeed. He cited progressive taxation as the way for the government to get into their hands, all capital, all production and all exchanges consummating finally in the disappearance of private property. It is time for Americans to awake from this...

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