Day: December 4, 2015

Heroin: an issue that needs light

By CRAIG MURPHY As we enter into the holiday season, we have been running a Chasing Dark series of stories here in the Keizertimes about drugs. Pretty crappy timing, no? Actually, no. Brandon Crist was just 22 years old when he overdosed on heroin in late September. His death was a key factor in doing this series. We had been discussing doing some story about drugs, using an excellent piece from August in Seattle Weekly by Casey Jaywork titled “The Spike: What Lies Behind the New Heroin Epidemic?” as a starting point. That story can be found here: http://www.seattleweekly.com/home/960150-129/the-spike-what-lies-behind-the We were told there might be someone locally willing to talk about what it’s like to be a heroin addict. But that didn’t go anywhere until Brandon’s tragic death. We were told people in the heroin community were shaken up by Brandon’s death and would now be willing to talk. That led to the first story in the series, about heroin addict Spencer and how his family is dealing with his addiction. Counting this week’s story about resources and suggestions, the series has now spanned 10 stories. More could be on the horizon. A new tab will be added to our website with full versions of all the stories, plus any additional stories in the series will be added there in the future. I want to extend a huge thank...

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Water will be Oregon’s #1 issue soon

It is that wonderful time of year when we stop and give thanks for all that we are blessed with as individuals, families, a state and a nation.  I am so thankful for my family, my friends and the wonderful people of Keizer, St. Paul and Newberg who make up House District 25.  I am honored to serve you. This past month the Oregon Legislature held one of it’s quarterly “Legislative Days” where we have committee hearings on topics that may or may not see the light of day in the short 2016 session.  There is a lot of talk, both in the Capitol and in news media about possible ballot measures next year or the chance that the Legislature might address the issues behind these ballot measures.  There is the talk of raising the minimum wage, a corporate sales tax and a “cap and trade” on carbon fuel.  As a conservative, I am opposed to all of these issues and though I’d love to go into detail on the how and why, I don’t have the room here but to say: we need to find ways to help every day citizens have better lives without the government intruding.  I believe we can address all of these issues in creative yet intelligent ways.  I will talk about these issues as we draw nearer to the 2016 session. One topic...

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