Day: April 27, 2012

Community calendar needed

The event calendar in Keizer is full and getting fuller. Finding a weekend anytime of the year to schedule an auction, a fund raiser, or an event is getting hard. There are so many events that some weekends see more than one major event on the community calendar. On Saturday, May 12, alone,  there will be three events, two fund raisers and one scholarship program. The Distinguished Young Woman of Keizer (nee Junior Miss) will compete with A Knight of Song, a dinner fund raiser for the McNary High School choirs, and the annual St. Edward Catholic Church dinner-auction. Any group trying to schedule an event in Keizer has a difficult task in finding a weekend anytime of the year that does not already have an event planned. Of course it is not only Keizer—there are events in Salem as well that compete for attention, support and donations. Every event is worthwhile and deserves support. What once were sleepy weekends and were safe for scheduling a community event are now as much in demand as any other weekend. Block out times of the year when nothing is scheduled (i.e., Spring Break, holiday weekends) and the competition to hold the preferred event gets tight. If ever there was a need for one comprehensive community calendar, it is now. Every group should be encouraged to place their event on an accessible...

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Supporting Donald Abar for judge

To the Editor: On April 17, 2012, the Marion County Republican Central Committee, at an official call meeting, voted unanimously to endorse attorney Donald Abar for Judge of the Circuit Court, 3rd District – Position 11. Jan Williamson...

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Thank you

To the Editor: I would like to commend the students of McNary High School and the staff who attended the prom on Saturday, April 21. As an event host for the community center I would like to say thank you for showing respect for the facility and for each other. It’s always so nice to see a great group of persons representing Keizer. Thanks again for an event done well. Marlene Quinn...

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Health care

To the Editor: Can we afford our current health care system? This is especially true during the last six months of our lives. It is not uncommon to run up bills over $200,000 if there is a moderate stay in the hospital. Running up medical bills over $1 million are not uncommon, either. Right now an office visit to see my primary care doctor costs $190 for a 15-minute visit. This does not include tests like blood work or x-rays. Most of us don’t have to pay this full amount if we have insurance but the bill is paid by someone. There is a lot of political talk from both parties about death panels but the fact remains we don’t have the resources to continue to do what we currently do. Having a medical directive makes a lot of sense. I believe doctors need to discuss the benefits of having a directive with patients even at an early age but especially with senior citizens. Science has advanced to keep us alive with new procedures, medicines and very expensive equipment and devices. Living in a nursing home for years in a semi-vegetative state is very costly and is the not quality of life that we desire. I am not advocating euthanasia but only letting nature take its course in a dignified way. The question is when to say good bye?...

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