Day: August 14, 2015

Serving up generosity

Jim Marshall celebrated the one year anniversary of Delaney Madison Grill at Inland Shores this week. He did more than toot his own horn, though. He opened the restaurant to treat people assisted by Hope Station Community Services led by Pastor Marcia Mattoso. Early this week he served dinner to three large groups of people who look to Hope Station for help because they are not eligible for government assistance. He prepared a select menu of choices. Hope Station serves people from its large facility in Salem, offering food, clothing, computer training and money management. Marshall is a generous supporter of Hope Station and by serving free dinner, he gives a bright spot to those who live too precariously near the poverty line. Dozens of businesses support Hope Station with their services, products and financial help. Each is worthy of recognition and heart felt thanks. Keizer is a generous community and Jim Marshall and his restaurant are but another example of people helping people.  ...

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2020 starts in 15 months

By LYNDON ZAITZ How exciting! The 2020 presidential campaign will begin in only 15 months. The day after the 2016 election there will be speculation about who will run for president four years from then. It happens after every national election. And we can start predicting not only who will run but who will win. That is an exercise in craziness, no? No crazier than what is unfolding today. Six months ago Hillary Clinton was all but coronated as the next president. Jeb Bush was the hands-on favorite to win the 2016 GOP presidential nomination. Now? Not so much. Jeb Bush’s poll numbers decline in proportion to Donald Trump’s rise. Unthinkable only six weeks ago, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont is polling ahead of Clinton for the first-in-the-nation primary in New Hampshire—which is seven months away. That’s an eternity in American politics. The leaders in polls this early don’t always go on to win the presidency, let alone their party’s nomination. Just ask President Gary Hart,  President Mike Duakakis or President Mitt Romney. It is pure entertainment for political aficionados to  hear pundits breathlessly talk about why this or that poll is so important and a portent of the future election. Fans of Donald Trump are already thinking of who his running mate should be. Trump leads in polls, just as Bush and Scott Walker did...

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Real journalism, fair and balanaced

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS “Conservatives Furious at Fox, Say Trump Wasn’t Treated Fairly,” read the Newsmax headline last week.Talk-radio show host Mark Levin told Breitbart News it was “outrageous” that moderator Megyn Kelly questioned Donald Trump about his coarse language—“fat pigs, dogs, slobs”—referring to women. Levin complained it was “a National Enquirer debate, not a Republican debate,” with too much “opposition research.” Political analyst Dick Morris detected a “disturbing” trend at Fox. The conservative blog Media Equalizer offered that many conservatives “thought they might have been watching MSNBC by mistake.” So this is what happens when Trump meets up with the “news” part of Fox News. Conservatives frequently complain about liberal media bias. Then they complain when conservative media practice journalism. The Trump-Kelly feud is like crack for cable TV news. CNN’s Jake Tapper started Monday’s “The Lead” by noting that conservatives wanted the media to cover such stories as Democratic politicians turning on President Barack Obama’s Iran deal, a trip made by Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps chief Qassem Soleimani to Russia in defiance of a U.N. Security Council ban or “black lives matter” activists shouting down Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. But after The Donald told CNN on Friday that he could see the blood coming out of Kelly’s eyes—and “wherever” —Tapper suggested he had no choice but to lead Monday’s show with Trump’s tirade. To keep the...

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U.S. needs guidelines for entering war

As things turned out, one could argue with fairness and accuracy that Barack Obama’s campaign promise to end U.S. warring in the Middle East was half-hearted. Many an American thinks he should have stood by his word while perhaps too many others want war now and, apparently, forever.  The debate over U.S. involvement in the Middle East is currently in debate in Washington, D.C. over negotiations with Iran to stop their making of the bomb. With implications for U.S. warring overseas, a dozen years ago author Micheal Lewis wrote Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game, the story of how Billy Beane of Oakland A’s fame used his wits to build a winning franchise. Beane questioned old assumptions, every sacred cow, and all that was familiar to create a successful team. In foreign policy, the ideas cited in Moneyball relate to America’s role in the world in a new way that’s deigned to maximize the returns on taxpayer dollars. It recognizes that the U.S. has some global responsibilities that no other nation can handle well.  Then, too, with overseas ventures, the U.S. must now better husband our ever-dwindling financial resources to continue as world cop. The best path for the U.S. is to promote our value at keeping the world from imploding not our values as the “better way” when they’re imposed on others who are less and less receptive nowadays. George H. W. Bush did not initiate a war with Saddam Hussein’s Iraq.  Rather,...

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