Month: July 2015

The responsibilities of liberty

A Box of Soap By DON VOWELL A wise editor once advised me not to respond to the inevitable criticisms.  Martin Doerfler’s able and concise response to the most recent backlash relieves me of that need. But since that original piece we’ve had another sickeningly stupid shooting.  A young man entered a church and shot nine worshipers dead.  So I ask, was it Dylann Roof’s inviolable right to own that murderously efficient weapon? The founding fathers, noting the need for a well-regulated militia, ended the Second Amendment with “the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed.”  As Doerfler notes, there are a host of restrictions, or infringements, on private ownership of weapons.  Of the staggering variety of weapons manufactured within U.S. borders only the tiniest fraction can legally be owned by private citizens. Would I welcome restrictions to the First Amendment—being tested and vetted before publicly expressing my opinions?  In fact nothing of mine has ever made it onto this page without being examined and edited by qualified professional journalists.  There are many restrictions on published works, most of which I am aware and glad of. I do not feel restricted. The main objection to the original piece was my failure to separate rights from privileges.  If we accept Thomas Jefferson as a Constitutional authority then the self-evident truth is that “all men are created equal,...

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Can we make education engaging?

Today’s high schools are relics of an age when the teacher was the possessor of knowledge and wisdom that was imparted to assemblies of students. Sitting in uncomfortable desks and not allowed to slouch, they were expected to say nothing unless a question was asked and an invitation to show the ability to answer was allowed by hands raised. Thereby, one eager learner was chosen among the throng to attempt an answer that the teacher, and only the teacher, would acknowledge as correct…or not. That scene could have been witnessed 100-, 50-, 25-years ago and it can still be witnessed most every day schools are in session.  That continues to be true, even though today’s high school age youth bring their respective knowledge, experience and know-how outside the classroom, sometimes superior to the teacher, that was not available to them before modern-day technology. The conditions of the typical high school too often place a damper on creativity and destroy inventiveness and unique ability that could have contributed to something worthwhile if it had not been repressed and destroyed in a high school. Some will lie and say they liked it, those are usually the prized athletes and students who played the game for A grades.  Personally, discussing high school with friends over the years of my life, I never met anyone who confessed to liking his years there. Inspiration to write about this subject came from an opinion piece in The Oregonian by OHSU’s President Joe Robertson,  Marylhurst’s...

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Plan your 4th for maximum boom

Civil War battles, a music festival and enough fireworks to make your head explode. Here is a round-up of where to see the best and brightest this July 4. July 3 through 5 The 25th annual appearance of the Northwest Civil War Council at Willamette Mission State Park. Approximately 1,000 reenactors are expected, who will demonstrate the living and fighting conditions of the early 1860’s. Battles daily at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Actor Steven Holgate reprises his role as Abraham Lincoln Saturday at 1 p.m. Admission $5 to $8 plus day use park fee. The city of Independence’s much-lauded fireworks display is now a full weekend of activities. Parades, a watermelon-eating contest, live music, movies in the park and, of course, fireworks displays each night at 10 p.m. For the full schedule, visit www.westerndays.net. St. Paul Rodeo: rodeo, wild west art show, carnival, parade, BBQ cook-off and Tack Room Saloon and more. Admission charged, 20209 Main Street, in St. Paul. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, July 3 Silverton Day: live music and fireworks display. 879 W. Main Street, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Salem-Keizer Volcanoes: patriotic tribute, fireworks and a game with the Tri-City Dust Devils. 6700 Field of Dreams Way. Tickets $7 to $30. Game begins at 6:35 p.m. Saturday, July 4 Rogue Farms Independence Day 10K: a 10K run through Rogue’s hop farms in Independence....

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Porter’s to become Full Monty’s in July

By CRAIG MURPHY Of the Keizertimes Porter’s Pub is changing hands – not to mention names and style – again. The longtime bar is expected to reopen late next month as Full Monty’s Bistro. There will be a public hearing on a liquor license application for the new business at the July 6 Keizer City Council meeting. The change is the latest in a line of them. Don Porter opened Porter’s Pub at 4820 River Road North in 1993 before passing away in May 2005. His daughter owned it next. After another owner took over, David Thomas bought the establishment in July 2012. Denny and Lisa Graue bought the bar last spring and reopened it in May 2014, changing it into a sports bar and renaming it The Pub. By February, the Graues were looking for a buyer. Lance Case, who will serve as district manager for the new owners, said the new owners closed the transaction on June 15 and closed The Pub last Friday, June 19. “Our hope is to be open late July,” Case told the Keizertimes on Monday. Case said the idea is for the Keizer location to be the first of a series of Full Monty’s restaurants, hence his district manager position. “This is our first in this area,” said Case, who noted all three men involved have extensive restaurant experience. “This will be...

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