Month: July 2015

Iran nuclear deal

To the Editor: The Iran deal will make the world a more dangerous place, unless we write to our elected officials to modify it a follows: Make any lifting of sanctions be contingent upon unlimited access to possible nuclear weapons  sites; and perhaps make this preventing of nuclear weapons go on for  more than 10 years.  (Maybe there should even be a provision against Iran exporting weapons.) Alex Sokolow Santa Monica,...

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Americans polarized but ambivalent

By E.J. DIONNE JR. So accustomed are we to highlighting the polarized nature of our politics that we often forget how many Americans decline to be painted in bright reds or bright blues. Among us, there are pinks and turquoises and even purples. And these voters will matter a great deal to the elections in 2016 and beyond. To understand a rather strange moment during which Donald Trump exercises a hypnotic control over the media (I’m as guilty as the next person), it’s important to keep two seemingly contradictory ideas in our heads at the same time.      On the one hand, polarization is real. It’s not an invention of the elites. The sharp partisan divide affects a majority of the country, and it’s especially powerful among Americans most likely to vote and to be active in politics. On the other hand, a very large share of us (including some staunch Democrats and Republicans) hold nuanced views on many questions. There are a lot of “yes, but” and “both/and” voters out there. Since elections are won by a combination of mobilizing committed partisans and persuading the now relatively small number of moveable voters, forgetting either of these realities can be politically fatal. Taken together, three studies published last week brought home the subtleties of our collective attitudes. A Washington Post/ABC News poll found that 52 percent of Americans...

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Trump setting the wrong tone for 2016

The only known GOP hopeful to have come to Donald Trump’s defense is Senator Ted Cruz  (R-Texas).  However, even he apparently has had some second thoughts about The Donald after Trump’s critical comments several days ago regarding Senator John McCain (R-Arizona). At Iowa’s Family Leadership Summit.  Trump, as we know, was annoyed with McCain who put down as “crazies” the crowd that turned out to hear him speak in Phoenix.  Trump seized his chance to settle the score with McCain by attacking McCain’s war record. Moderator Frank Lutz tried to stop Trump, reminding him that McCain is considered a war hero.  Trump was obviously compelled to proceed wherein he rejected McCain’s widely recognized reputation, saying “He’s not a war hero.”  Without losing a beat, Trump continued, “He’s a war hero because he was captured? I like people who weren’t captured.” As was predicable from the moment Trump finished his tirade, there was a virtual storm of protest across the nation that was led by former Florida governor and presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, who condemned Trump’s comments assessment of McCain as “slanderous attacks.”   Not to be outdone and in need of attention like the other 15 GOP contestants, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, wanted Trump to apologize immediately and quit his bid for the White House.  Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal told Trump that he would need to spend six years in a POW camp before he had the right to say such things. Of course, Trump only steps up...

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RIVERfair promises fun activities for all

RIVERfair 2015 will offer a variety of activities and entertainment on Saturday, Aug. 8, at Keizer Rapids Park. The RIVERfair Pet Parade, sponsored by Copper Creek Mercantile, begins at 11 a.m. The parade will end at the Upper Course Stage where the Golden Bone Awards will be presented. The Mayor’s and President’s 1Award will be joined with best costume, funniest and best look-a-like. The Keizer Community Library and the Keizer Heritage Center co-sponsor one of RIVERfair’s newest and popular activities: the Junior Archaeology Dig. With tools provided kids can dig like professional archaeologists and search for dinosaur bones and other relics. Each child will receive a Junior Archaeologist Certificate. The activity will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. RIVERfair’s signature event: the pie eating contest is back. Last year there was a grudge match between the Keizer Police Department and the Keizer Fire District. Come and see which side comes out on top this year. Aside from the firefighters and police, there were will be four categories of the contest: boys 13 and under; girls 13 and under; men 14 and older and women 14 and older. Entrants in the younger divisions will eat mini-pies while the older contestants will have to tackle a full-sized pie. Winners will receive a blue ribbon. The Willamette Wanderers, a member of the American Volkssport Association, will present a 5K and 10K...

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