Day: December 26, 2014

What will new year bring?

What amazing or tragic events  will 2015 bring to the world? Two thousand fourteen has been a year of challenges for people throughout the world—Syrians, Ukrainians, Russians, west Africans, the middle class in America and victims of violence anywhere in the world. At year’s end we were distracted by a tinpot dictator’s rant about a Seth Rogen movie and opened Sony Pictures internal communications via a cyberattack. Will that be considered one of the major stories of 2014? It certainly doesn’t top revelations of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the use of torture by the Untied States in the years following the Sept. 11 attacks. Ebola swept three countries in west Africa. One person who had traveled from that area died in a Dallas hospital while others were hospitalized but survived. There was fear that the incurable Ebola virus disease affect millons of Americans—it didn’t. On the economic side the American stock market is reaching record heights, corporate profits are up, unemployment is down and gas is nearing $2.50 a gallon for the first time in years. That scenario is contrasted with the plunging ruble that is sending Russia’s economy into recession. But not all is bad news. Most positve news came from individuals doing good deeds. On a larger scale, man landed a space probe on a comet zooming 40,000 miles per hour through the cosmos and...

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Chemawa project done right

The project to improve Chemawa Road from River Road westward to Keizer Rapids Park was to have been completed in 2012. All good things come in their own time—the project is now completed. Both sides of the road now feature wide, safe sidewalks, bioswales filled with native plants and trees. The best addition of all is the traffic light at the entrance to McNary High School. That entrance has been a bottleneck every school day morning for years. Now traffic will be able to flow more efficiently, not to mention safer. Though the city of Keizer contributed a small percentage of the overall cost, the project was ODOT’s. It was more complex than one might think, especially with the relocating of utility lines and poles. A project such as this cannot be completed in haste. Kudos to ODOT for a fine job. The rebuilt Chemawa Road came at a good time. The addition of new housing on Keizer’s west side has increased traffic on Chemawa. That traffic would have been untenable without the street improvements. Regardless of the delays of the project, it is completed and west Keizer’s drivers and pedestrians are better for it.  ...

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