Day: February 6, 2015

The public good vs. individual freedom

By MICHAEL GERSON  The measles outbreak at California’s Disneyland—which has spread like pixie dust—along with several other smaller flare-ups, has health officials warning of worse to come. Preventable infectious disease is making its return to the developed world—this time by invitation. The scientific consensus on measles is effectively unanimous: (1) It is not trivial. Children with measles can get seriously ill, and there is chance of complications such as middle ear infections, pneumonia and encephalitis. (2) Measles is highly transmissible—one of the easiest viruses to get or give. (3) The measles vaccine is highly effective—one of the most successful against any virus or microbe. I’ll turn “(4)” over to Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: “The ‘evidence’ that measles vaccination is associated with serious adverse events such as autism and other afflictions, “ Fauci told me, “has been completely discredited by a number of independent scientific bodies.” Yet, a significant minority of parents—often well-educated parents— are opting out of vaccination. Many states (including California) make it relatively easy to refuse vaccination for “philosophic” reasons. This does not, I suspect, mean that people are reading Immanuel Kant or John Stuart Mill; it means they are consuming dodgy sources on the Internet. Resistance to vaccination on the left often reflects an obsession with purity. Vaccines are placed in the same mental category as GMOs,...

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After Mitt: A GOP message of sound growth

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW In his announcement that he will not be running for president in 2016, he stated, “I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee.” This was unusual political humility. But let me highlight this specific phrase: “one who has not yet taken their message across the country.” If there’s anything the GOP needs —besides a winner—it’s a confident, incentive-based, pro-growth message. The party didn’t have one last year, but it won the midterms thanks to President Obama’s ineptness. That won’t be enough in 2016. The fourth-quarter GDP report, just out, illustrates the importance of a growth message. GDP came in at a disappointing 2.6 percent, way below expectations. For the year, only 2.5 percent growth. All is not lost. The job numbers are better and there’s welcome relief from crumbling energy prices and a strong dollar. Consumer confidence has improved. Our resilient free-market economy is trying to plow ahead. If the economy were unshackled of rising taxes and regulations, and if there was a new long-run commitment to souand money and free trade, we could unleash a new American prosperity. Negativism would turn...

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Pit bull kills small dog in McNary Estates

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes An aggressive pit bull got away last Saturday, Jan. 31 after attacking a small dog and three humans in the McNary Estates area. The small dog had to be put down the next day. Steven Strean said he was just returning to his home on McNary Estates Drive in the early afternoon when he spotted neighbor Cheryl Harper jumping up and and down, waving her arms and asking for assistance since neighbor Marcie Lim and her small Maltese dog were being attacked by a black pit bull with white markings on the nose and chest. “I drove down there and jumped out,” Strean said on Monday. “The dog had just, for a third time, yanked the (small) dog out of the lady’s arms. It just grabbed the dog and proceeded to go back in between two houses to finish the job.” Strean said he and Alex Estrada approached the pit bull from opposite directions in an attempt to grab it and save the maltese. “I was desperate to find something big to hit him with,” Strean said. “I broke some bamboo poles over his head, but it didn’t phase him. He moved around the yard with the other dog in his mouth.” Strean said the little dog somehow got away. “I called 9-1-1 and we were trying to hold the dog in the...

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An awarding night in Keizer [with VIDEO]

View more photos in our Facebook gallery at https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152598094071976.1073741876.97073111975&type=3 By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Former city councilors scored a sweep at the 2014 Keizer Chamber First Citizen Award Banquet last Saturday, Jan. 31 at Keizer Quality Suites. Former Keizer Mayor and councilor Lore Christopher was named First Citizen; former Keizer City Councilor Joe Egli picked up Merchant of the Year honors; former Salem City Councilor Dan Clem earned the President’s Award and former Keizer City Councilor Chuck Lee as well as wife Krina got the Service to Education Award. Clem was the first to receive his award, after being chosen by Keizer Chamber of Commerce president Audrey Butler. Clem joined the Keizer chamber last June and is in charge of the Government Affairs Committee. He recently retired from the Salem City Council. “I’m shocked,” said Clem, who took some good-natured ribbing from event emcee Nathan Bauer and others for not being dressed up. “Keizer is such a wonderful place because of the people. I’m deeply humbled and honored.” Ron Hittner, the 2013 Service to Education recipient, introduced the Lees. “Chuck’s decisions always came down to what’s best for the kids,” Hittner said. Chuck, the former president of Blanchet Catholic School and current member of the Salem-Keizer School Board, is currently president of the Mountain West Career and Technical Institute. Krina is executive director of the Salem Keizer Education Foundation....

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