Day: May 25, 2012

Theatre here at home

By LINDA BAKER and EVAN CHRISTOPHER We are writing to ask for Keizer’s support of a new community theatre. During my 15 years of teaching drama at McNary High School, I began to dream of a local theatre just for Keizer. It was my goal to involve adults, teens, McNary graduates, community members, and anyone else in the area who was interested in performances that are as fun and enriching for those participating as they are for the audiences, their family, friends, and neighbors who come to see them. This year, with Keizer Homegrown Theatre, that dream has become an exciting reality. We’re starting our inaugural season in 2012 with a free production of Shakespeare’s Macbeth in the Keizer Rotary Amphitheater at Keizer Rapids Park on July 27 and 28. We hope that this will turn into an annual tradition of free Shakespeare in the park, to which the entire community will be invited, with Keizer Homegrown offering a new production every summer. Our second play this season, a comedy by Neil Simon, will be performed on McNary’s stage in late August through early September. While we are only mounting two productions this year, it is our plan to expand our season each year for the next five years, offering three shows next year. Much goes into the creation of quality theatre, and ticket sales tend to cover only...

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Explore municipal fire service

By MATT CHAPPELL Now that the (Clear Lake) fire dispute is seemingly over, there may still be some things to think about. This dispute raised some important issues that will continue to affect Keizer residents into the future. What I took away from this dispute is that there is a common consensus that no matter who provides the services to Keizer, Keizer Fire Department or Marion County Fire District (MCFD), people seem to feel that we are either paying too much for too little or are paying for more then what is reasonably necessary in the first place. I am really talking about luxury versus necessity. On the other side of this whole issue seems to surface an ideal of having our own municipal fire department. Something which is a middle ground from which savings are realized in more ways then one. Maybe its just me but I believe that this will eventually be in Keizer’s future. Now seems like a good time to begin to explore the possibilities of how, if or when this could happen. I believe this subject needs to be a part of our community dialogue if nothing else then to ‘nip it in the bud’ one way or another so to speak. So ridiculous or not here are a few of my thoughts on the matter. As I see it we could possibly save...

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RIP Roth’s

To the Editor: We saw it coming, we knew it would happen but we wouldn’t, couldn’t let ourselves think about it the Keizer Roth’s store is closing. Thanks local politicians for supporting “Corporate America” and not “our own.” We are beginning to see the adverse effect that Keizer Station has on our locally owned River Road businesses. Who’s next? The Maze? Outdoor Power Equipment? Ace Hardware? Perhaps the newly opened Party Store? ReVamped just closed last month. The responsibility lies with those who want to feed America Inc. and not our own independent businesses Now is the time for Keizerites to stand up and support River Road. Testimony has been given in many places, including your local council Chambers to the effect of  malls on local areas and we are seeing it now. Wake up! Shop local! Thanks Roth’s for all the support you have given to our community in the past.We will miss you. Carol Doerfler...

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Memorial Day 2012

To the Editor: As we approach Memorial Day 2012, on Monday, May 28th, we pause to remember the more than one million men and women who have given their lives to preserve our nation and our way of life from the time of the Revolutionary War to the current wars in the Middle East. While I join my fellow veterans and citizens in honoring these brave military personnel, this Memorial Day, I will be thinking of the 3,758 Oregonians who lost their lives during World War II.  Just nine days following this Memorial Day and on the 68th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Europe, we will conduct a ground breaking ceremony for Oregon’s own World War II Memorial. The Oregon World War II Memorial will be built on the grounds of the Oregon State Capitol in Salem near the intersection of Court and Cottage Streets.  The public ceremony on June 6 will begin at 1:30 p.m.   To learn more about the long overdue Memorial or to make a donation, please go to www.facebook.com/oregonww2memorial. In addition to remembering our honored dead, Memorial Day can also be an educational opportunity for our youth.  There are many ceremonies scheduled throughout Oregon.  I encourage those who can to take some young people to these ceremonies so that they can understand the real price of freedom. My heart is also with those...

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Dave McKane’s campaign for mayor

To the Editor: The headline in last week’s paper (Keizertimes, May 18) announced David McKane is running for the mayor’s position. McKane was quoted as saying ‘’the council needs to be a little more respectful of the people of Keizer.” I have yet to see any councilor be anything but respectful. Just because the citizens who come before the council don’t receive their wishes does not mean they are disrespected. I do not agree with several decisions made by the Keizer council but I believe members have studied the issue and have made decisions that they thought were beneficial to the community at large. We elect people to the council to make the best decision based on suggestions made by the city staff and the many volunteer committees. Council members make hard decisions after studying issues in depth. The council voted to let the people of Keizer decide on the question of one or two fire districts within the city limits; the people voted for two. The citizens were also provided an opportunity to vote on increasing the level of service they desired for public safety and voted no because the cost was too high. In both cases the public was not disrespected in any manner. One has to remember there will always be people both for and against issues that come before the council and  not everyone will...

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