Day: August 23, 2013

Cherriots buses in Keizer

To the Editor: It was brought to my attention on August 9 by my neighbor that there was a stake in the corner of my front yard where a new bus stop is going in on Stone Hedge Drive. Not that I’m not happy to see the buses starting to go back into neighborhoods, but there is a bus stop on McLeod Lane and Stone Hedge Drive, and one at 14th Avenue and Stone Hedge. I do not see why the Salem-Keizer Transit District needs to have a stop between two official bus stops. A representative of the Transit District said, “They had let the neighbors on the street know that it was starting on Sept. 3.” I took a petition around to my neighbors to see if they wanted a bus stop along Stone Hedge and if they were given notice. All the neigbors did not know that they (Cherriots) were starting back down the street, and none of them saw any reason for the bus to actually stop on Stone Hedge. Everybody agreed that if they wanted to ride the bus they could walk to the corners like we did years ago. I can tell you by walking and talking to my neighbors (which the Transit District did not do), not one single person wanted the bus to go down our street.  Stone Hedge is the most...

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Proposed bus route

To the Editor: I am writing this letter in opposition to the proposed new Cherriots bus route that will travel the Gubser Elementary School neighborhood. While I understand the need for the service, this proposed service is a rather large disservice and inconvenience for residents. We need to find a compromise that everyone can be happy with. The proposed route is flawed with many problems, and communication between Cherriots and the residents of the proposed route has been horrendous at best.  Nobody was aware of the route until a neighbor had a stake in the ground marking a future bus stop, and a flyer on the door announcing the decision.  Cherriots say they reached out, and maybe they did, but if those affected are not getting the message then how can it be said they are communicating?  With one text message, we had 12 neighbors gathered and assembled for a last-minute meeting with Cherriots representatives. While the route to travel down Stone Hedge is a horrible decision, the idea of placing a bus stop on Stone Hedge itself is worse.  The proposed stop will be right in front of residents’ homes. They and their guests will no longer be able to park in front of their homes.  If they do, per Cherriots staff, they risk being ticketed or towed for blocking a bus stop. There will be stops on...

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Immigration bill hurts jobless

By DAVID OLEN CROSS Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden, joining the Gang of Eight in the passage of Senate Bill 744 (S.744), termed comprehensive immigration reform by some, amnesty by others, is unconscionable legislation considering the nation’s  June seasonally adjusted number of 12.2 million unemployed citizens; 7.6 percent of the country’s civilian labor force. According to a 2011 report,  Pew Hispanic Center, Unauthorized Immigrant Population: National and State Trends, 2010 there are 8 million unauthorized workers in the U.S. With so many unemployed American citizens looking for jobs and 8 million unauthorized workers currently holding the jobs many citizens will do, the U.S. Senate’s legislation at best seems oblivious to the plight of the unemployed in this country. Two of the negative consequences of Senate Bill 744 are reveled in a June 2013 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report which indicates the legislation will cause unemployment to increase through 2020 and average wages to decline through 2025. In July, an evaluation of the seasonally adjusted unemployment numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics reveals unemployment rates in the states represented by the Gang of Eight plus their two Oregonian senatorial sidekicks: Oregon 7.9 percent; Arizona 8.0 percent; Colorado 7.0 percent; Florida 7.1 percent; Illinois 9.2 percent; New Jersey 8.7 percent; New York 7.5 percent; and South Carolina 8.1 percent. Five of the preceding eight states had higher unemployment...

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FPC: a $68 million gift to U of O football

By GENE H. McINTYRE At least once a year, CNBC compiles many top lists:  the top 10 turnaround towns for 2013, the five most expensive states to live in, and so on. One overlooked topic: greatest discrepancy between haves and have-nots on an American college campus? My nominee for first place recognition in haves versus have-nots has to be that brand new Football Performance Center (FPC) at the University of Oregon in Eugene.  Its cost alone, at a conservatively estimated $68 million, will probably be enough to cause a “cut” from the Ducks’ team to believe he’s been thrown out of paradise. Before considering the FPC, one must recognize that the University of Oregon  is still the same place for most of the school’s students.  Those who live on campus live in the same old, raggedy, dog-eared, well worn dorms, eat starchy institution food. For them, only the name of the place has changed. While it was once proudly known as the best liberal arts university in Oregon (of course, a few wouldn’t agree) it is now the University of Nike after the guy who co-founded Nike, Phil Knight, the chief benefactor and man concluded to be the power behind almost everything happening there these days. Let us look at the inside (145,000 square feet) of the FPC first.  It features rugs woven by hand in Nepal, couches made in Italy and Brazilian hardwood underfoot in the weight room that is so...

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