Day: March 30, 2012

What Keizer’s candidates should do

The nation is in the middle of the primary season to choose presidential nominees for the fall general election. Closer to home, here at the end of the first quarter of 2012, Keizerites will start thinking about our own election in November. Three city council seats and the mayor’s post are up for election this year and we may actually have a contested election for the city’s top office. That would be good for Keizer and its voters. It is uncertain yet whether Mayor Lore Christopher will seek a seventh term, but candidates are getting ready to throw their hats in the ring. As we’ve seen during Christopher’s tenure the mayor can use the office to be a cheerleader and booster for the city as well as set the tone for the city and use the bully pulpit of the job to steer debate and discussion. The person sworn in as mayor in January, 2013, may have pet projects and visions for how to run the city, but they’ll find  the financial cupboard fairly bare. It’s going to be hard to push an agenda when there is little money to accomplish much.  The council and the city have done an admirable job of operating Keizer during tough economic times. The next few years will be just as rough for the city budget as the previous years. A dollar can...

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Easter mysteries revealed

By NICK THOMAS As a child, I couldn’t understand why Easter never fell at the same time of the year like Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Squirrel Appreciation Day (Jan 21st, in case you want to store some nuts for next year). On top of that, there was all the hype about eggs and rabbits. Rabbits! Was that why Easter hopped all over the spring calendar from year to year? There’s an old story that also illustrates the mystery of Easter: A Sunday School teacher asked her class if they knew the origins of Easter. “It’s opening day for the Yankees and Giants,” said one boy. “No,” said a girl, “It’s when we get nice new clothes and go find the eggs from the Easter Bunny.” Added another boy, “No, you’re both wrong. After Jesus died on the cross, some of his friends buried him in a tomb they called a sepulcher. And three days later Jesus arose and opened the door of the tomb and stepped out.” “Yes, yes,” said the teacher, “Go on, go on!” “And if he sees his shadow,” added the boy, “we’ll have six more weeks of bad weather.” Had I heard that tale as a child, it would have only added to my Easter confusion because I probably would have believed it. I was quite gullible. I can still remember, one year, some kid telling...

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Clear Lake & Marion County Fire District

To the Editor: I am a resident of the Clear Lake area that was the subject of the recent vote requesting annexation into the Keizer Fire District.  I have been a proud resident of the city Keizer for more than 30 years and was amazed to find out that my area was not in and protected by the Keizer Fire District.  I have been a staunch supporter of Keizer Fire District throughout this process and was greatly saddened by the outcome of the March 13 voting. Last December the board of directors of Marion County Fire District 1 (MCFD) voted not to renew the current 16 cent per $1,000 of assessed value levy.  At that time, and during the campaign, we were told that no increases would be necessary.  One day after the vote, the board of MCFD voted to not only keep the 16 cent levy, but to ask for an increase to 29 cents per $1,000 of assessed value.  Either this board of directors does not have a true understanding of their budget, or they misled the people of Clear Lake and Keizer during the campaign. The president of the MCFD board, Randy Franke, was quoted as saying “I had no idea that if we won we would still be at risk of losing ambulance service.”  If this statement is true then it sounds like they have...

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Surprised by MCFD bond levy try

I am a homeowner in the Clear Lake area. I voted to support our city and withdraw from Marion County Fire District #1. We needed to support our city first. I am surprised by the outcome of our vote especially within our neighborhood. Now Marion County Fire wants to raise the amount we pay to them—just days after the vote? Stupid. How much insurance do we need to protect our houses from fire? Has anyone looked at their property tax statement line item by line item? Are others just appalled as I am? Today, my husband lost his unemployment insurance and I am the only employed person. We have three very little children. I wonder if Marion County Fire cares about that. We pay a huge amount of property tax just to live in our neighborhood and I’d bet that the Marion County Fire District taxes we pay is used to cover the more needy areas of Marion County. Unbelievable. Just unbelievable. The only reason we are in this neighborhood is because we have been very responsible with our spending. If our government entities and districts keep asking for “just a small bit of change” it totals hundreds of dollars to us. Our property taxes go up and our property value goes down. I don’t know how that is mathematically possible. Listen up money requesters: tighten your belts (budgets)...

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Apology for joke in Newsletter

To the Editor: I am editor of the McNary Estates Newsletter and I would like to take this opportunity to apologize to the residents of McNary Estates and Keizer for a mistake I made in publishing a joke article in the April edition of the Newsletter. I include several jokes at the last minute from the Internet to fill in blank spaces in pages to complete the April edition before a rush press time. I inserted the “What the Fire Chief Said” and this was very inappropriate material to place into the newsletter.  This was very careless and stupid to do and I am very sorry that I didn’t realize it at the time. McNary Estates Newsletter is a non-profit operation and one person, myself, has run the operation for the past 21 years. If we probably would have had a proof reader, this wouldn’t have happened.  But it did happen and I am sorry for causing the McNary Estates Board of Directors and residents embarrassment for the article. Don Conat...

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