Day: August 22, 2014

It’s depressing

The death of Robin Williams was met with shock and universal acclaim for one of our time’s most beloved performers. About 22 veterans take their lives each day in this country, a majority of whom served in Iraq or Afghanistan. Many try to conjure up reasons why Williams took his own life. We  are aware of the conditions military veterans face after their return from war zones. We can never know the heart and mind of another person, we can only see the surface and come up with our own theories. What is known is that Williams, who was 63, was suffering from depression. Was his depression caused by the onset of Parkinson’s disease? Money problems? Growing older in an industry that values youth? In the end it doesn’t matter; the comedian deemed death a solution to his problems. Depession is a form of mental illness. We speak not of the once-in-a-while blues everyone gets, but of clinical depression that can be debilitating and treated with medications. An estimated 10 percent of adults suffer from depression. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, authorized by Congress in 1998, recommends that health-care providers screen adults for depression. It also recommends an approach that involves the collaboration of primary care providers, mental health specialists and other providers to improve disease management for adults with major depression. Current depression (symptoms for at least...

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Thanks to those who made Rib Feast a major success

To the Editor: Thank you for sharing our story of the Aug. 4 Rib Feast. However, Dan and I were not alone in our efforts and support of the Navy-Coast Guard Wounded Warriors. We personally want to thank Keizerites Maleah Richard (Kitchen Queen) and daughter Brittany, Linda Carbajal, Nancy Varner, Gene and Betty Olson, Dave Dougall, Ruth Richard, Shane and Ashley Rogers, neighbors Kelly French and Anne Meeks, as well as Copper Creek Mercantile-Dennis Blackman, Roth’s Hayesville-Jeff UIven, Keizer Safeway, Jones Farm Produce, and Cash & Carry. Also our daughters, Cara Meredith and Aleah Dayton who worked behind the scenes from California and Washington… and others who volunteered and contributed. God bless you all. No’el and Dan MacDonald...

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Rand Paul’s bogus outreach

By MICHAEL GERSON Why should Republicans engage in outreach to African-Americans, even though the level of suspicion is so high and the yield in votes is likely to be so low? Even among some reform-oriented conservatives, what might be called the Kemp project—after the late Rep. Jack Kemp, who spent a career engaged in minority outreach—is viewed as a secondary concern. They consistently pitch their approach toward the middle class—in part to distinguish it from previous iterations of compassionate or “bleeding heart” (Kemp’s phrase) conservatism. The cover of the reform conservative manifesto—Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class—features a lawn mower on fresh-cut grass. The conservative rebirth will evidently spring from suburban yards on a lazy Saturday morning. Yes, Republicans desperately require policies responsive to the economic anxieties of middle-income voters. Democrats are significantly more trusted on a variety of middle-class issues. But the public critique of the GOP is not merely: “They don’t care enough about the middle class.” It is, rather: “They don’t care enough about the whole.” The Republican task is not merely to shift an impression of interest-group allegiance away from big business and toward suburban families (though this would be an improvement). It is to demonstrate that conservative ideology is applicable to the common good. In this effort, outreach to African-Americans is actually central. A party that...

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Imagine a two-year break from D.C.

How about a fantasy to occupy the reader’s fancy during the waning days of summer?  Here’s one that occurred to me on a torrid August day this past week. How about sending the 535 members of Congress, the president and nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court on leave along with their multitude of staffers until a new president is installed in January, 2017.  Think of the savings that’d occur with these folks gone until a new president is in office, two and one-half years from now.  Their salaries alone exceed millions of dollars, as each member of Congress receives at least $174,000 in direct pay alone; the president’s salary is $400,000 with the White House overflowing with aides, while the justices each receive $213,000 and all their legal beagle helpers. Why?  Well, for openers, congressional ratings are so low there’s no space between where they lie in lack-of-public-approval and daylight. More Americans than at any other time think their representative or senator ought to find legitimate work. The Republicans are forecast to gain as many as 12 seats in the House, strengthening their hold on the majority.  Gerrymandering rules!  Meanwhile, they have shown a total lack of willingness to work with President Obama while the Senate, whose Democrat majority is threatened, can get little done due to partisan fighting and, when it does vote in favor of anything, it soon dies in the House. Obama has used his executive power but can do nearly nothing about overripe domestic issues....

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Year-old section of McLeod being fixed

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Work done a year ago has to be redone already. Roadwork will be happening soon on McLeod Lane, just south of the stop sign at Stone Hedge Drive. Last summer new pavement was laid. Earlier this month, a large chunk of pavement buckled. “We don’t see that very often at all, especially on new roads,” said Bill Lawyer, Public Works director for Keizer, noting the pavement failure was likely caused by a combination of factors. “The contractor, Roy Houck Construction, and the city are coordinating to cover the cost of the repairs. The city is paying for the saw cut and traffic control and the contractor is covering the rest of the costs.” In the spring, a patch of River Road by Shari’s had to be replaced due to repeated bus stops. Lawyer said things are different in this case. “The problem on McLeod was not necessarily because of the bus, but that helped it happen sooner,” he said. “We are not exactly sure what caused the problem.” It’s also not known exactly when the work will be done. “I am not exactly sure of the schedule for these repairs but hopefully they will be completed by the end of next week,” Lawyer said prior to Monday’s Keizer City Council meeting. “The city will have a saw cutting contractor do the cutting before...

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