Day: February 11, 2013

“Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage” by Jeffrey Frank

“Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage” by Jeffrey Frank c.2013, Simon & Schuster $30.00 / $34.99 Canada 434 pages   BOOK REVIEW by TERRI SCHLICHENMEYER The boss didn’t like you very much. You sometimes wondered why you were ever hired, in fact. From the beginning, he was critical, secretive, and never let you know you’d overstepped your boundaries until you’d run past them by a mile. And you took the job anyhow. And you learned because you knew that the boss doesn’t have to like you. Still, it might’ve helped – but would that change history? Possibly… as you’ll see in the new book “Ike and Dick: Portrait of a Strange Political Marriage” by Jeffrey Frank. After his service in World War II, Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower wasn’t sure he wanted the presidency. So many of Washington’s politicians were pushing him toward it, but the truth was, Eisenhower was more comfortable with his military and business friends than with politicians. He didn’t even know that the choice of Vice President would be his. With the help of a committee, he chose Dick Nixon from a list of possibilities. Nixon and Eisenhower had met, briefly, once or twice before. Nixon, the consummate strategic politician, was young and energetic but not well-liked. He very much wanted to be on the 1952 ticket with Eisenhower, even though Nixon’s wife, Pat,...

Read More

Service to their school

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes When it comes to organized sports at McNary High School, there are only so many spots to go around, which means that a number of students who would like to participate find themselves filling the time in less-than-advantageous ways. McNary teachers Marlo Cleary and Dawn Reichle Bailon often heard the complaints from cut students and the sometimes more disastrous outcomes. “The first two hours after school is out can oftentimes be problematic for a lot of teenagers. Things like substance abuse, teen pregnancy, crime, etc., are a real problem that we are trying to find positive solutions for,” Cleary said. For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 8 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

Read More

Walsh claims President’s Award

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Rich Walsh doesn’t do it for the recognition. But the award was certainly a nice benefit. Walsh, a local attorney and former Keizer City Councilor, was honored with the President’s Award at the Jan. 26 Keizer First Citizen Awards Banquet at Keizer Civic Center. “It was a huge honor,” said Walsh, currently chair of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Board. “I really appreciated it, I really did. I like being involved in things. I have since leaving the council at the end of 2010. I have tried to keep involved and make a change in the community.” For more of this article and other news from around the Keizer area, pick up a copy of the Feb. 8 issue of Keizertimes, available at stores all around the area. To subscribe for just $25 a year, click on the ‘Subscribe Today’ link at the top of the page, call 503-390-1051 or visit our office at 142 Chemawa Road North in...

Read More