Day: March 23, 2012

Underappreciated heroes

To the Editor: One thing that I discovered in the now past annexation election was the quality of our volunteer firefighters.  To me it doesn’t matter if they volunteer with KFD or MCFD#1, these volunteers give up time with their families to spend time protecting all of us in Keizer.  Too often they go unnoticed and underappreciated.  They volunteer with dedication and commitment to serve their community.  They truly embody the spirit of volunteerism that this city was built on.  Thank You to all of our volunteer firefighters! Debra Welter...

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Ben Franklin’s creation at risk

By DON VOWELL Thirty-one years ago I stepped into a freshly opened clerk position with the Post Office in the Aleutian Islands.  Newly married, I was happy to get a job that seemed as secure as a job can be.  Now the Postal Service is down, tripped up by a Congress that continues to kick it a little. Before there was a United States, there was a Postal Service.  Benjamin Franklin was appointed Postmaster of Philadelphia in 1737.  He was instrumental in establishing routes and rates as Postmaster of the United Colonies. In 1775 the Continental Congress named him Postmaster General.  Perhaps we should reconsider before allowing the sitting Congress to end this tradition. Congressmen swear to uphold the law of the land when entering office.  This is one of them, from the United States Code, Title 39, Section 101.1: (a) The United States Postal Service shall be operated as a basic and fundamental service provided to the people by the Government of the United States, authorized by the Constitution, created by Act of Congress, and supported by the people. The Postal Service shall have as its basic function the obligation to provide postal services to bind the Nation together through the personal, educational, literary, and business correspondence of the people. It shall provide prompt, reliable, and efficient services to patrons in all areas and shall render postal services...

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King Dollar will cut oil prices

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW No matter how much President Obama protests, the simple fact is that he continues to oppose and mock and disparage oil and gas drilling. He is a prisoner of the environmental left, and he remains on the wrong side of energy history. And that’s exactly why he has a 59 percent negative rating on the economy, according to a recent poll, even though jobs and other indicators have actually picked up. It’s about $4 or higher gas at the pump. Polls overwhelmingly show that Americans want drilling in ANWR and offshore, and that they want hydraulic fracturing of shale for oil and gas. They also overwhelmingly want the Keystone Pipeline. And they believe the government can act quickly to lower gas prices in the short run. But the president scoffs at all this. In his recent energy speech, he suggested that the drill, drill, drill crowd (of which I have long been a member) would have founded the Flat Earth Society. But the reality is oil, gas and coal-— not wind, solar, geothermal and algae —are going to be crucial to America’s transportation, electricity and economic growth for many decades to come. What’s particularly galling about Obama’s riff is his constant use of a false statistic. The president argues that America uses more than 20 percent of the world’s oil, although “even if we drill in...

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