Day: January 6, 2012

Health screening offered at Kroc

The Oregon Lions Club is sponsoring free health screenings from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, at the Kroc Center Health Fair. The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation combats preventative blindness & deafness in the community through free health screenings. The health screenings include visual acuity, hearing, blood pressure, diabetes (with a 3 hour fast) and glaucoma MHSP is the only free screening program of its kind in Oregon. It will serve more than 30,000 Oregonians this year. The Oregon Lions Sight & Hearing Foundation, founded in 1959, serves as the non-profit arm of the Lions Clubs of Oregon. For additional information, visit...

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More equal than others

By DON VOWELL Sometimes when I am publicly flogged for something written here, it sows a seed of self-doubt.  Educated in ordinary American schools, with no emphasis on journalism, I understand why any reader might doubt the value of this column.  For that reason, my New Year’s resolution is to forge ahead, speak up without fear. If the single thing that irritates you in this otherwise flawless publication is a column by a chowderhead like me, then skip over it.  It is only opinion.  I am allowed to have it, and Keizertimes is allowed to print it without necessarily endorsing it. The one thing we’ve got going in this country is democracy.  I’ve got a vote and you’ve got a vote.  Having lived a life that proves it, I realize that I’m not morally or intellectually superior to anybody.  Feathers are most often ruffled here because I believe the same is true of you.  In matters of governing the nation, we all get a vote.  It is a healthy way to run a country. Do only generals decide about war?  No – constitutionally no.  Do only clergy get to decide about religion?  You are free to worship or not, as you choose.  Do only police/corrections officers get to decide the fate of criminals and prisoners?  No.   Do only lawyers and rich men get to make our laws?  The...

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Not a ringing endorsement

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Mitt Romney may be the best candidate in the 2012 GOP primary, but that’s not saying much. It’s like being the best mayor of Oakland, Calif. Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota may not be ready for the Oval Office, but she’s been a feisty challenger not afraid to take on Romney, Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry. She will emerge from the primary with more authority than she had when she entered the race. Radio talk show host Herman Cain won points with his unique personal success story in the corporate world, no small feat for a black man who grew up in the Jim Crow South. It is sad that Cain’s campaign started to melt down after a barrage of sexual harassment allegations, because other factors should have sunk his candidacy. Cain lacked the political experience to run for the highest office in the land. Republican fans might have liked his plain talk, but they were fooling themselves if they thought a political rookie could win in November. For a while, it looked as if Perry, with his 11 years of experience as Texas governor, could win the nod. Then Perry got into the debates, and he didn’t catch on. So he started flailing —hitting gays in the military one day, a full-time Congress the next—in a manner that appeared gratuitous and scattershot. Then there’s...

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