Month: February 2016

Privacy vs. security

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is ordering Apple to break into the cell phone of the San Bernandino shooters to get what could be vital information. The information that is now locked away inside that iPhone could reveal important data that would help authorities get a clearer understanding of the movements and contacts of Syed Rizwan Farook and his wife Tashfeen Malik. The couple killed 14 people and injured 22 others in December. Apple CEO Tim Cook has said that hacking into that phone would set a dangerous precedent involving issues of privacy rights. The situation has drawn battle lines between those who say that citizens privacy rights are paramount against those who say that hacking one cell phone in the battle against terror is not the first step on a slippery slope of widespread and random hacking of phones of American citizens. If pressed, most people would say that the number one job of the U.S. government is to protect Americans.  For a government that has gathered billions of phone messages after Sept. 11 as well as surveil communications from around the globe, hacking into the phone of a terrorist would seem to be child’s play. In a world in danger from lone wolf terrorists and terrorist organizations, any weapon that allows us to get in front of any terrorist threat—foreign or domestic—should be used. There should be...

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Short session plus one party control

From the Capitol By BILL POST If you have been following this “short” legislative session in the news over the past few weeks, you may have seen conflicting reports on what has transpired. I can tell you one thing, the pace of this session is incredible and even longtime legislators, lobbyists and staff in the building have said so. I am honored to represent you in the legislature, but I have grave reservations about what is happening here. In 2010, the people of Oregon voted to approve the legislature’s suggestion to have “short sessions.” Both in the ballot explanation as well as in the resolution that formed the ballot measure, it is clear that the purpose of the short session was to deal with emergencies in the budget and any other fixes needed to previously passed legislation. As you can see, that’s not what has been happening here, as we are voting on very complicated and controversial bills. In spite of all that, I want to tell you how proud I am of Keizer. I can’t tell you how many Keizer residents have come down here to the Capitol multiple times, to share their thoughts and opinions on these important topics. Business owners have come down to explain how the proposed minimum wage increase will impact their businesses, farmers have testified about seed regulations and how minimum wage will...

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Trump and the Megyn Kelly effect

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS During a recent CNN town hall Donald Trump offered up that he probably works too hard and if he had worked “a little bit less,” he “probably wouldn’t have had two marriages that didn’t work out.” Moderator Anderson Cooper then thanked Trump for participating in the event, and the last town hall before South Carolina Republicans hit voting booths was over. There were no follow-up questions about the role of Trump’s—so public it was front-page news—affair with second wife, Marla Maples, in the breakup of his first marriage. I understand CNN’s rationale for staging one-on-one interviews in lieu of a debate to give the public a peek at the more personal side of each GOP hopeful. As a journalist, I appreciate the delicate balancing act of trying to ask probing questions without being so confrontational that you become part of the story. But Cooper shouldn’t have let Trump turn his airtime into an infomercial. I sympathize with the plight of any journalist who interviews the reality TV star. Trump tells so many whoppers that the relentless moderator would have to challenge practically everything he says. On Sunday, I watched CNN’s Jake Tapper and Fox News’ Chris Wallace ask Trump about something he said at the CNN town hall: “I like the mandate,” Trump had said, even though he wants to repeal Obamacare. That Sunday, Trump...

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Which candidate can allay our fears?

Is there anything to worry about today in the United States?  There just may be a few reasons to feel some fear. President Obama is a silver-tongued orator but has let us down in so many ways from what we thought he would do.  Sure, he’s put some Americans back to work as there are more now tossing burgers, baking pizzas, and growing/selling marijuana. But what about the drugs that keep flowing in from Mexico; the family wage jobs that have gone overseas; companies that have taken them there and pay no U.S. taxes; threats from North Korea that could become real any day; the promise of the Affordable Care Act that serves a few Americans but has become too expensive for the families it was intended to help. Among so many letdowns, Wall Street and investment firms all over the land can any day now return us to the Great Recession from which we’ve never fully recovered while not one of the perpetrators has gone to jail. We could put more of our citizens to work in living-wage jobs. For example, in public infrastructure projects, if we didn’t continue to fight winless battles in the Middle East while our national debt continues into the stratosphere.  Too often our military members come back in coffins or so destroyed mentally and physically that they can only sit and wish they hadn’t gone to “free” Iraqis, Syrians and others who want...

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Lady Celt wins girls regional wrestling title

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Brooke Burrows, a 106-pound McNary High School freshman, won the girls regional wrestling tournament Saturday, Feb. 6. The win sets Burrows up to compete in the state tournament later this month. For those given to thinking it must have been a shallow pool, nothing could be further from the truth. “There were 17 girls in my bracket, it was so big they had to split it up,” Burrows said. Burrows beat both the first and second seeds in her weight class to take the regional title. After getting a bye in the first round of the tournament, Burrows defeated Harley Miner of Grants Pass High School by pin in the second round. From there, she beat Zenaida Bresser of Henley High School in a 7-3 decision and Gracie Olson in a tight 2-1 decision in the championship match. “I kept my mind in it, thought about what I’d been learning in practice and tried to wrestle my match,” Burrows said. Since the beginning of the wrestling season, Burrows has been matching up with male wrestlers from other schools and in the practice room. She’s claimed her share of victories, and more than a few moral ones as she flummoxed opponents who were unable to keep her on the mat or in their grip. “When I’m with the girls it’s different because I’m...

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