Day: November 26, 2014

New art coming to River Rd.

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes More public art is coming to Keizer. At their Oct. 28 meeting, members of the new Keizer Arts Commission meeting approved the placement of two sculptures. One of them, depicting a tuxedo-clad man with a staff and top hat, will be placed on a slab at Copper Creek Mercantile (4415 River Road North) by Bentley’s Coffee. The second sculpture, a kneeling fireman, will be placed at Abby’s Pizza (3451 River Road North). No timeline was specified for the placement. The motion for the two placement, passed on a 5-0 vote with two absent, came after commissioners reviewed six submissions by the same artist who previously did the Rejoice at Keizer Plaza. The Keizer Chamber of Commerce Foundation had previously approved the funding for displaying two sculptures, according to Arts Commission vice chair Rick Day. Mayor Lore Christopher, chair of the commission, noted a previous sculpture at Keizer Veterinary Clinic – one of the six submissions – was found to be too provocative. “Everyone thought it looked like a dead baby,” she said. “We got that comment more than once. It was placed on the doorstep. It literally looked like someone had dropped off a baby.” Christopher noted the placement involves a $500 stipend to the artist for the first year, followed by $200 a year after that. “This is the guy who did...

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Thank a politician today

By E.J. DIONNE JR. It’s a mistake to be nostalgic for some golden age in politics when everyone was nice to each other. Such a time never existed. Still, this is a particularly rotten moment to be an elected official, and especially a member of Congress, a body whose ratings are even lower than those of journalists. If you run for office these days, all your mistakes (and some you never made) are broadcast widely in some horrible TV spot. So this Thanksgiving, let’s all express gratitude to our fellow Americans who dare to run for the House and Senate. By way of offering mine, I want to thank a few good people we’re losing to retirement or electoral defeat. Progressives will miss Reps. George Miller and Henry Waxman, both California Democrats. I wrote about Miller when he announced his retirement at the beginning of the year, singling him out as a fearless liberal who’d fight the Republicans at every step, but also work with them happily if something useful could get done. Waxman is one of the smartest members of Congress, and you never wanted to be at the wrong end of a Henry Waxman hearing. My colleague Harold Meyerson listed just some of the things Waxman bills accomplished: They made our air cleaner and our drinking water safer, put nutritional labeling on food, got medical care to...

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The Big But

By MICHAEL GERSON Following President Obama’s ambitious executive order on immigration — not unprecedented in subject matter but unprecedented in scope and ambition—we are left to pick through the wreckage of law and precedent. Obama’s action was a substitute for legislation—imposed precisely because legislation he favored did not pass. So what issues might have been raised during the legislative debate Obama pre-empted? There is the matter of arbitrariness. Obama’s defense of his action is sweeping and unqualified. We are not a nation that “accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parents’ arms.” Unless, of course, they arrived less than five years ago. A moral rule is apparently bounded by a bureaucratic line. And an appeal intended to put Republicans on the defensive also puts Hillary Clinton on the spot. One possible news conference question: “Madam Secretary, if an American president has the unilateral power to remove people from the shadows, why not people who arrived during the Obama years?” There is also the matter of implementation. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) processes about 4 million cases of all kinds each year. Now as many as 4 million applications — involving documentation of the arbitrary five-year limit — will be added over an indeterminate period of time. USCIS — which is currently overwhelmed — has six months to prepare for the onslaught. Opportunities for fraud and...

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Walker headed to St. Martin’s

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Before the varsity baseball season got underway last spring, Head Coach Larry Keeker heard the same thing about Mickey Walker from two different assistants during an intrasquad scrimmage. “They said Mickey knows he belongs, and he knows he belongs on the mound. When he walks out there and plays, that’s how he plays,” said Keeker. At the time, Keeker wasn’t exactly certain where Walker would fit in the line-up, but Walker made his presence known every time out. He finished the season 6-0 with three shutouts, one one-hitter, a pair of two-hitters and a win against every team in the league. He was named to the all-league first team and tapped as Central Valley Conference pitcher of the year before being honored as a second team all-state pick. “That’s a great journey and a great accomplishment, and it’s a result of Mickey’s dedication, hard work and passion for the game of baseball,” Keeker said. Those same three traits are what led to Walker signing to play with St. Martin’s University in front of a McNary High School library packed with friends, relations, and several former coaches Tuesday, Nov. 18. “(The Saints) have some good talent coming up in the program, and it’s a smaller school which fits what I’ve gotten used to,” said Walker, who attends school in Silverton and plays for...

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