Day: January 2, 2015

School thanks support for drive

To the Editor: The France School of Dance would like to thank the community and students for donating over 900 pounds of food and more than $400 in donations. Our performance/food dreive was held in December at North Salem High School.  All the proceeds will benefit the Keizer Community Food Bank. Our next performance and food drive will be in May. Linda France Martin...

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Protests

To the Editor: I am very much in favor of a protest provided it is non-violent.  Protest is just a way of showing displeasure with certain actions by government, industry and individuals. I certainly don’t support mobs that create damage to persons or property.  Unfortunately, protests are sometimes conducted by people who ignore facts or have personal prejudice. Many times these prejudices are flamed by racial radicals like Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson. Whenever there are cameras and national news worthy situations, there you will find this type of people whipping up frenzy by mostly frustrated people but sometimes just hoodlums. I believe the blood of police officers who are killed by deranged people because of recent tragedies is on the hands of racial radicals. Not all protests are about race. Sometimes protests are about injustice like the actions of the fat cats bankers and Wall Street people who gain untold wealth by committing fraud. It appears the wealthy get away unpunished while police have to attempt to arrest someone who is selling cigarettes on a city street. Bill Quinn...

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A hearty food bank salute

To the Editor: On behalf of the Keizer Community Food Bank, I would like to thank the many volunteers from our cooperative churches, (Keizer Clearlake UMC, Keizer Christian, St. Edward Catholic, John Knox Presbyterian and Faith Lutheran) that supply the hands and feet of our food ministry. Also to the many donors that help keep our pantry shelves viable and checking account worthy:  Uptown Music, Tony’s Comics, Lew, France School of Dance, Lakepoint Community Church,  Calvary Baptist Church, Keizer Elks, Keizer Lady Elks, Don Pancho’s, Marion Polk Food Share and the many individual sustainers that regularly enhance our pocket book. Special donations thank you to Albertson’s for 80-plus turkey dinners over Thanksgiving and New Years. Because of the generosity of this community, KCFB was able to serve 2,385 families in 2014. Curt McCormack...

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Permanent Armageddon

By E.J. DIONNE JR. Meg Greenfield, the late Washington Post editorial page editor, counseled against writing in “High C” all the time. By this she meant that an editorialist or columnist who expressed equally noisy levels of indignation about everything would lack credibility when something truly outrageous came along that merited a well-crafted high-pitched scream. We now seem to be living in the Age of High C, a period when every fight is Armageddon, every foe is a monster, and every issue is either the key to national survival or the doorway to ruin. This habit seems especially pronounced in the way President Obama’s adversaries treat him. It’s odd that so many continue to see Obama as a radical and a socialist even as the Dow hits record levels and the wealthy continue to do very nicely. If he is a socialist, he is surely the most incompetent practitioner in the history of Marxism. The reaction to Obama is part of a larger difficulty that involves pretending we are philosophically far more divided than we are. In all of the well-off democracies, even people who actually call themselves socialists no longer claim to have an alternative to the market as the primary creator and distributor of goods and services. The boundaries on the left end of what’s permissible in the public debate have been pushed well toward the center....

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Building the American dream from within

Black-white race relations may improve by way of succeeding generations of Americans but there appears little hope that’ll soon happen dramatically.  The election of Barack Obama gave those who think positively about the prospect for improvements some measure of encouragement. However, events in Washington, D.C. and wider, exampled by the presence of resolute naysayers from the Southern states who deny the president any support, have helped to slide race relations backwards. Meanwhile, there are conditions of life among blacks in America that could be vastly improved by their own efforts, should they organize around such relevant community objectives.  Reference here is to the fact that blacks earn less money than whites, graduate from college in fewer cases and make up our prison population in disproportionately higher numbers.  They are unemployed at rates over 11 percent, which is twice the national average, and more than twice that of the white population. It’s recognized that more and more blacks have been able to earn college degrees and improve their prospects but far too many blacks get left behind to lead lives of desperate depravity.  One of the central problems is that in too many black neighborhoods those folks living there are upward-bound deprived and lead economically bankrupt existences. Mainly, their prospects may be most accurately described as slim and none. Now, then, how could things change for them?  How about getting together in collective efforts and pulling together for the sake of every family and individual...

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