Day: July 20, 2012

Filipino restaurant signs at Keizer Station

A Filipino restaurant is coming soon to Keizer Station. Adobo Republic, an independently-owned establishment, is taking 2,165 square feet next door to Gamestop. Owners plan to get up and running as quickly as possible, according to Jack Steinhauer, director of acquisitions and development for Donahue Schriber, which owns the shopping center. “Keizer Station is excited and looking forward to bringing more food options to the area,” he said. – Jason...

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A safe hospital

Salem Hospital has achieved the status as the safest in Oregon as rated by Consumer Reports. That’s quite an achievement considering there are more than 50 hospitals in the state. The hospital, a division of Salem Health, received a rating of 63 out of a total of 100; the top rating in the country was 72. That’s quite a feather in the cap of hospital CEO Norm Gruber and his entire staff. The public may well ask “What is the Consumer Reports rating and what does it mean to me?”  According to Consumer Reports, the score is a “summary of six categories that relate to hospital safety” such as avoiding infections, avoiding readmissions, communications about medications and discharge, appropriate use of chest and abdominal scans, avoiding serious complications, and mortality. Each area, scored against previous ratings, can earn one of five designations, from better to worse.  A hospital would score a perfect 100 if it earned the highest possible score in all areas. The highest score in the current hospital ratings was 72. For the 2010 calendar year Salem Hospital reported no bloodstream infections out of a total of 5,686 patient days. There were seven surgicalsite infections out of 1,150 surgical procdures. Infections are nothing to fool around with, doctors and nurses jump into action when they detect any infection. Along with safety scores, the Consumer Reports rating also...

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Tooting our own horn

The Keizertimes won the most newspaper awards, 17 total, in its history at the annual Oregon Newspaper Publisher’s convention earlier this month. Every staff member at the Keizertimes walked away with at least one first place award.  The paper itself won third place in the general excellence category. Managing Editor Jason Cox received first place honors for best coverage of business and economic issues for Tourism: worth the investment? and best headline writing (his fifth straight win). He shared first place honors with the staff for best page one design; and, with Eric A. Howald for best enterprise reporting (a six-part series about Keizer’s big box retailer debate). Associate Editor Eric Howald won first place for best feature story and best writing, both for Butual truths of the derby sisterhood, as well as two other first place for writing. Andrew Jackson, the paper’s production director, won a first place award and two second place awards for his advertising work....

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Keizer police department

To the Editor: Many thanks to the KPD for their swift reaction to citizen concerns and the arrest of suspects in a series of incidents in a west Keizer neighborhood earlier this month. Job well done officers! Martin & Carol Doerfler...

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Keizertimes political cartoons

To the Editor: Lately, the number of political cartoons mocking Congressional Republicans has been very unbalanced. On June 22, after Obama’s executive order giving amnesty to children of illegal immigrants, a cartoon appeared criticizing Congress as opposing “Anything Obama Proposes” because they’d voted down his “Dream Act,” which was largely the same thing. For the record, that’s the way the Constitution set it up. A two-part Congress must pass laws which are then sent to the President for approval or rejection. It’s not a president’s prerogative to make his own laws if Congress doesn’t do his bidding. Then on June 29, the largest cartoon showed voters having contempt “for” Congress, portrayed as the GOP elephant, for holding Attorney General Holder in contempt “of” Congress. Agree or disagree, this power has been a Congressional prerogative for hundreds of years now. Finally, on July 6, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s upholding of ObamaCare, the powers-that-be at the Keizertimes couldn’t seem to contain their partisanship showcasing no less than four cartoons ridiculing Republican reactions to the decision. Being a retired public school history teacher, many times students wanted me to tell them how I voted or where I stood on issues. I told them politely, “It’s not my job to tell you how to vote or for whom to vote. I urge you to hear the best arguments from the...

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