Day: December 12, 2014

Her final act: Mayor is parade grand marshal

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Because of a sick young boy, Saturday’s Festival of Lights Holiday Parade has a grand marshal. Mayor Lore Christopher, who will preside over her final Keizer City Council meeting next week and attended her last ribbon cutting event last week, will finish off her 14 years as mayor in style as the parade’s grand marshal. The 24th annual parade rolls down River Road starting at Lockhaven Drive NE at 7 p.m. Saturday, ending at Plymouth Drive NE. The parade started in Salem in 1990 before moving to Keizer in 2011. Christopher noted Tuesday afternoon parade CEO Cheryl Mitchell had asked her a couple of weeks earlier about being grand marshal. Christopher said no, since she had family members coming from out of town and wanted to spend time with them. Mitchell contacted several other people, all of whom passed on the opportunity. It appeared Monday morning someone was finally lined up, but that person called Mitchell back and said they couldn’t do it. “So now we’re back to square one,” Mitchell said late Monday morning. “We’ve never had this happen before.” By Monday evening she was still scrambling to find someone. Following Monday’s council work session, Christopher learned the parade was still missing a grand marshal. She immediately asked for Mitchell’s contact information and made the connection. “My grandson got sick and couldn’t...

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Breathe in, say ahhh…

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes One of the main emphasis for Kaiser Permanente’s new Keizer Station medical office was simple: to make it not look like a medical office. The Kaiser Permanente facility in Keizer is scheduled to open next Monday, Dec. 15. Company officials hosted a well-attended open house at the facility – located at 5940 Ulali Drive NE – last Friday, Dec. 5. The Keizer Station facility is the company’s fourth medical office in the Salem area. The facility is also the second medical office to open in Keizer this year, joining the Silverton Health medical office that opened at 5685 Inland Shores Way North in February. Local artwork inspired by iris fields is on prominent display in the lobby, with more artwork and warm colors elsewhere as well, in particular in the imaging area. “This incorporates Kaiser Permanente’s Total Health Environment program, an idea that the experience you have in the facility can influence your healing process,” said Debbie Karman, Communications consultant for KP. “It’s been shown that scenes of nature can lower one’s blood pressure. It just feels a bit warmer.” Jefferson Mildenberger, who led the Keizertimes on a tour of the facility, said the basic idea is making a clinic look less clinical. “We really pay attention to how patients feel,” said Mildenberger, KP’s senior administrator for the Mid-Willamette Valley service area. “We...

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Aren’t we better than this?

Will anyone ever answer for the decisions made that allowed America to be identified as a nation that tortures its enemies? The Senate Intelligence Committee’s Study of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Detention and Interrogation Program released on Tuesday is a shock to the system. For decades America was unlike many other countries in the world—we were humane, we treated people well, even the enemy prisoners of World War II we held at camps here in the United States. News of torture and mistreatment of prisoners in the post-Sept. 11 era is not new, we’ve read reports of waterboarding and holding terrorist suspects at ‘black sites’ in countries such as Poland. What’s new is the extent of the enhanced interrogation technics used. While many Americans are horrified by the report, those who were in charge of our nation’s security and intelligence in the years after al Queda’s attacks on the United States stand resolute that what they authorized and carried out was the right thing then and the right thing now. The CIA says it had legal cover from the Bush Administration. It is difficult to accept at face value legal opinions written by political appointees to let the inhumane treatment of prisoners go forward. The Senate committee’s report—only the summary of the 6,000 page report was released publicly—details various techniques used to gain information that would save lives. Experts...

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Telling the truth doesn’t make one a racist

To the Editor: Kudos to Bill Quinn and Gene McIntyre for their remarks on the Ferguson, Mo.  protests in the Keizertimes in the Nov. 5 issue. They studied the facts and addressed them candidly and honestly. I suspect some will label them racist, when they simply stated the facts. Meanwhile, across the country, thousands haven’t bothered to study the evidence presented to the grand jury and have chosen to trample on the civil rights of countless innocent, law-abiding citizens trying to go about earning a living, having a life. Businesses have been destroyed. Innocent workers forced out of work before the holidays. Policemen—thousands of miles from Ferguson—sworn to protect us, are taunted, shoved and cursed in attempts to get a reaction to be captured on video. These policemen are human beings, parents, sons, daughters, trying to do their jobs. Hate is being perpetuated through protests. Hate for police, hate for government, hate for law and order and what is right for most citizens. It seems there are two basic groups involved. First, the lawless, the thugs. They are not interested in “the cause,” just the opportunity to commit mayhem under cover of the crowd. Look at videos in Portland. Protesters are wearing masks or covered faces. You would think honest, sincere, law-abiding protesters would want their faces to be seen. Then we have a much larger group. They have...

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