Day: November 2, 2012

Grateful for Silver Sneakers

To the Editor: As our healthcare system is undergoing changes and cuts are being made to meet needed budgets cuts, I hope that legislators and voters alike are aware of cost saving programs like Medicare Advantage. Plans focus on preventative care services that basic Medicare plans do not offer. I have access to a club membership through my Medicare Advantage plan. I am now a regular attendee at the Silver Sneakers class at the local Courthouse Athletic Club. The instructors are well educated and focus on areas seniors need, such as balance and flexibility. They are also a great source for other health and nutrition information that keeps us on our toes. I am grateful for the Silver Sneakers program.  I have deep emotional problems and need to feel safe at all times.  Being in classes help me to talk to other people and be accepted for who I am.  The benefit of class has helped my blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.  And I’m in the normal range now.  I have lost 49 pounds so far.  The instructor is a very positive person and that helps me relax and have fun, too.  I have more energy now than I have had for years. Improvements in my health will keep me coming as well as my classmates that are a source of encouragement and friendship. Norma Schwartzenberger...

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Setting the record straight

To the Editor: Political campaigns are often difficult.  They tend to be difficult for individuals and difficult for communities.  The never ending barrage of promises and claims can wear down even the hardiest of souls. As the Keizer mayoral campaign winds down, I wanted to share a few thoughts and set the record straight regarding some points made in this campaign.  Contrary to what you may have seen in campaign advertising material, I am a long-time Keizer resident.  In fact I have lived at my current address in Keizer for over 20 years.   Prior to my service as a city councilor I was a member of the Keizer Traffic Safety Commission many years ago.  Claims made that our current mayor has been a member of the city council longer than I have lived in Keizer are simply not true.  And contrary to what you might also have seen in campaign material, my desire to be your mayor is not because it is a check mark on my bucket list.  I entered this mayoral race because many in our community encouraged me to so.  After 10 years of no choice, many are eager for a change. My desire to be your mayor is because I want a more responsive government for my community.  I want a government that does not have to repeatedly repeal ordinances because of public outcry or...

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