Day: January 13, 2012

We love a party

Keizer loves a party. Especially when it celebrates others. Later this month the Keizer Chamber of Commerce will holds its annual First Citizen and Awards Banquet.  In February the third Mayor’s Invitational Art Gala and Winter Art Sale takes place. On Saturday, Jan. 28, the Chamber will award the 2012 Keizer’s First Citizen award. The honoree will not be known until the night of the awards, which should make a ticket to “Jackets and Jeans,” this year’s banquet, a hot item. Last year’s winner, Jeramy Williams, director of Keizer Young Life, will bestow the honor on another deserving recepient. The awards banquet will also honor the Chamber’s Merchant of the Year, the Service to Education winner. Outgoing Chamber president Rich Duncan will name the winner of the President’s Award. The annual banquet is one of Keizer’s major celebatory and social events—attendees arrive, looking their best, and enjoying the camraderie of their fellow community members. Tickets to this year’s banquet, held at Keizer Civic Center, are available now at the Keizer Chamber of Commerce’s new office in Keizer Station. After the Chamber Awards banquet, rest up. Shortly after, the Mayor’s Invitational Art Gala and Winter Art Sale will held Valentine’s Day weekend. The Gala, staged by the Keizer Chamber Foundation and the Keizer Art Association, is funded by private donations. Proceeds help fund the public art program in the city...

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Obama’s 2012 slogan: ‘Can’t work with others’

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS President Barack Obama is running for re-election with an unusual pitch: He can’t work with others. He only gets along with yes men. “I refuse to take ‘no’ for an answer,” Obama said last Wednesday of his decision to make a “recess” appointment that placed Richard Cordray as head of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Constitution, of course, gives the president the power to make appointments during Senate recesses. Technically, however, the Senate was in session. The imperial president bypassed Senate rules and years of precedent because he wouldn’t or couldn’t cut a deal. Later Wednesday, the White House announced three more recess appointments for vacant seats on the National Labor Relations Board. Obama explained, “When Congress refuses to act and, as a result, hurts our economy and puts our people at risk, then I have an obligation as president to do what I can without them.” Obama, a former constitutional law professor, just kicked the Constitution’s delicate balance of powers by using the executive boot to step on the Senate’s power to advise and consent. I understand the president’s frustration with the system. In December, 53 senators voted in Cordray’s favor, but under Senate rules, 60 votes are needed to bring his confirmation to an up-or-down floor vote. (Republican senators don’t have a problem with Cordray per se. They used his nomination...

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Clearlake annexation and withdrawal

To the Editor: Please join me in voting for the annexation of the Clearlake area to the Keizer Fire District and the withdrawal from Marion County Fire District #1.  All voters within the City of Keizer will have the opportunity to vote for this measure. There are many reasons to vote yes.  From my view, the most important one is cost to property owners.  The tax rate for fire services will be lower for the Clearlake area and will not change for the rest of Keizer.  On top of that, services will improve by consolidating the services under one district.  We will have the chance to provide ambulance services from the Clearlake Station in addition to the existing Chemawa Road station. Please vote yes in the special election in March. Mike Hart...

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A huge ‘thank you’ to Miracle of Christmas

To the Editor:  On behalf of a grateful community and for everyone here at Marion-Polk Food Share (MPFS), I want to extend a heartfelt “Thank  you” to all the Gubser neighbors who entertained us all by creating artistry from lights on the canvasses of your homes and who—through countless hours of volunteering—accepted donations that are now benefiting hungry area children and families. With your help this past year, MPFS delivered 7.6 million pounds of food to 97 charities that directly serve those in need.  A bit over 300,000 pounds of that food went to Keizer Community Food Bank, and all of it stayed local to help people who live nearby. Need is at record levels.  With the ongoing impacts of the Recession, the average number of local families experiencing hunger emergencies and needing the aid of food boxes has climbed to more than 8,200 a month.  And among those eating from those food boxes are over 11,500 children a month. Because we are a charity and get the vast majority of our support from donations, our ability to respond to this level of need can only be attributed to the generosity of the wonderful people who live here. By hosting one of the largest food drives, Keizer’s Miracle neighbors are touching the lives of thousands of area residents every year. I hope you all know that you are making...

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