Month: May 2013

Buy it fresh here

A farmer’s market is returning to Keizer this Sunday and that’s good news for local shoppers. The Keizer Sunday Market will open at 10 a.m. at Chalmers Jones Park-—at the civic center. The market is organized by people who know what they are doing: the Salem Saturday Market. Anyone who has shopped the Salem market knows the wide variety of fresh produce, flowers, crafts and baked goods  available. Now Keizer will have the same array of goods to buy in its own backyard. There have been attempts at a farmers market in Keizer in the past, but with the Salem organization staging the new one we expect to see a vibrant and colorful shopping experience that will grow as summer continues. The Keizer Farmers Market will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday through Sept. 1. The market will be a good place for Keizer households to purchase the produce they don’t grow in their own gardens. Or, if one desires, a beautiful flower bouquet or yummy baked goods. Farmers markets are popular throughout Oregon from little towns to the Portland area. They are great for purchasing fresh goods direct from the grower or artist as well as for people watching. With support from the community the market here in Keizer should be a success, adding new vendors each week. The organizers and proponents of the...

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Better to be a company

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL You may be wondering how to tell if you are a corporation or a person.  Mitt Romney’s early campaign statement that “Corporations are people, my friend” blurred the dividing lines a little.  The Supreme Court decision that money spent on elections is free speech whether it comes from a citizen or a corporation also makes the differences less distinct.  We are here to help. Here’s an item from May 23rd’s morning business section – “The price of oil fell near $94 a barrel Wednesday as U.S. crude oil supplies fell less than expected and demand for gasoline remained weak.  Benchmark crude for July delivery declined $1.90 to close at $94.28 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.” You might expect that the cost of gas would go down on that news. Well no, the law of supply and demand is not applied equally to persons and corporations.  If you are a person buying gas on River Road, you have noticed a price spike of more than 30 cents a gallon in the last several weeks.  If you are a corporation, you have the supply, and can demand whatever price you like.  As a corporation you can trot out the annual excuses – switching to summer blend, or refinery shut down for maintenance, or repairing damage from a small refinery fire.  If...

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Graduation is about life

By SUSAN ESTRICH Some years ago, I was invited to speak at the graduation ceremonies of a liberal arts college. Later, many in the audience told me they expected a very political speech. Some of them were relieved; others were disappointed. I don’t do politics at graduation. Graduation is about life. My high school graduation was OK. I gave a speech. My family was there, intact, probably as happy as they ever were (What did I know?). We went out for Chinese food afterward. College was not so great. I’d been raped 36 hours before. My father didn’t come because I didn’t have a ticket for his wife. He said he was sick, but I knew the truth. We had bagels at my sister’s afterward. My father bought me a gift that he kept in the trunk of his car, but then someone stole his car, and the gift was gone. I didn’t go to my law school graduation. My father died a few months before. I was already working and didn’t have the money for a plane ticket. Besides, the whole idea of it seemed too sad. Graduation can be very hard. Here is what I know. It’s easy to forget how lucky you are. I should have had more fun at my high school graduation. I should have had a truly wonderful time. I remember feeling sorry...

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Could a woman president be any worse?

By GENE H. McINTYRE Is it not a matter of whose time has come?  It’s argued that the time has come to elect a woman to be president of the United States of America. We must wait upon the completion of Barack Obama’s second term, ending January 20, 2017. So if the prospect of a woman as chief executive excites you, you’ll have to cool your heels for about three years more. I am very close to total disillusionment with the men the U.S. has chosen to lead the nation.  More recently, among all who have served since the first George, George the 41st told us to watch his lips as he moved them to say that there would be no new taxes;  Bill could not be trusted alone with a White House intern and then developed a very long nose about it; George the 43rd couldn’t be trusted not to ruin the country financially and morally, being manipulated by a warmonger from Wyoming; and Barack Obama who’s a brilliant orator but for several mitigating reasons by way of pundits, politicians and prejudices, cannot manage his economy, his staff or his promises very well. Those examples, with a few exceptions, including venerable examples like Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Teddy and Franklin Delano Roosevelt, those before George the 41st, it would seem nothing other than patently obvious for Americans to want to elect a woman as president number 45.  Some say the most likely to succeed at running for...

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