Day: December 26, 2014

End of year tax write off

To the Editor: Parents of McNary High School students are preparing for the senior graduation party. We hope to make the 2015 event just as successful as those in the past, a success made possible by hard-working volunteers and generous support from community members like you. The evening will be filled with entertainment, games, prizes, food, fun activities, and a gift for every student. Rented buses will transport students to and from the event. We need the community’s help to make this a memorable celebration for our graduating seniors. Some ways to support the Celtic Celebration are to donate cash, prizes, gift cards or gift certificates. Please mail your donations to: McNary Graduation Party-Celtic Celebration, P.O. Box 21114, Keizer, OR  97307-1114 For your records, our tax identification number is 93-0849190. We would be happy to pick up any donated items, if that would be more convenient for you. Your support of McNary High School students is greatly appreciated. Trina Turner...

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Warming relations with Cuba is good

Interest was aroused in the debate over normalizing relations with Cuba when House Speaker John Boehner said, “Relations with the Castro regime should not be revisited, let alone normalized, until the Cuban people enjoy freedom—and not one second sooner.”  Then, too, incoming Senate majority leader, Senator Mitch McConnell agreed with Boehner as did GOP Senators Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who view the change as an opportunity for the Castro brothers to perpetuate themselves in power.  Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has also chimed in by calling it a “very, very bad deal for a free and democratic Cuba.” These guys have apparently forgotten about what’s happened in Egypt, Iran and Libya, among many others, when the old regimes were overthrown and a new order of things was attempted to replace the old.  What has happened anywhere U.S. military power and the CIA have been directly or indirectly involved with overthrows is that what replaces them are organizations like ISIS that, in the vacuum that follows, terror and turmoil reign. That’s what’s predicted for Cuba should the old regime be forced out and a power vacuum created.  What’s highly unlikely to happen soon thereafter is a law-based new government with a constitution that provides freedom and democracy for its citizens.  The Castro brothers are old and should be allowed to die in office where, afterwards, hopefully, the Cuban people will slowly but deliberately move to practice self-rule through laws based on democratic principles. The case of Cuba is that it has been run...

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