Parade mural still on despite recent site controversy

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Think that it might be a risk to put up a city-approved mural on the wall of a business that recently stirred up nationwide controversy with an anti-gay marriage message on its readerboard? Former Keizer mayor Lore Christopher, chair of the Keizer Public Arts Commission which met July 28, has some words she would like to share on the issue. “That’s a business that’s been in business for 47 years, it’s an iconic Keizer business regardless of what was recently put up on that sign. The decision to put that mural on that location on that wall was made six months ago. It had nothing to do with talking  about Don Lebold’s (owner of Town & Country Lanes, the bowling alley picked as site for Keizer’s next mural) political views. Before  we selected that wall, we certainly did not say we would like to know your political views and how they might reflect on the city. I think it is an absolute moot point. It had a long wall with great visibility that lent itself to a public mural. I have no reservations moving forward and I can’t imagine that anyone … I, mean, that is so wildly remote that somebody would put together that seven individuals sitting together on a volunteer advisory board and the city of Keizer and any of...

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