Day: July 8, 2016

Put a market at transit center

There have been several attempts in the past to bring a farmers market to Keizer. The last iteration was at Chalmers Jones Park—behind the Keizer Civic Center. That space is very nice public square but it is behind the center. There is a better space to try a market again, one that would be highly visible and be accessible to thousands of vehicles: Salem-Keizer Transit’s center at Keizer Station. It’s improbable that weekend service for the region’s Cherriots buses will begin again anytime soon, leaving the transit center empty and unused. There is space enough to plat many booths selling produce, arts and crafts. There is room for the market plus parking for customers. There is parking in Keizer Station across the railroad tracks as well. Every retail business knows that one key to success is location. A market at the transit center would be visible from every roadway in that area. With the appropriate signage it would be difficult to ignore and its location there would almost guarantee that vendors would see the type of customer traffic they need. The center is owned and maintained by Salem-Keizer Transit. Any use other than for its intended purpose will call for intergovernmental talks and an agreement. There are farmers markets throughout the Northwest, many in public spaces such as closed off streets or public squares. The transit district would have...

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Church thanks community

To the Editor: Truth Tabernacle Church and Truth Tabernacle Christian Academy would like to express our gratitude to the communities of Salem & Keizer for their donations to our 18th Annual 30 Kilometer Bike-A-Thon that was held on June 4th. It was a tremendous success and we thank you for your support. Jessica M. Anderson...

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Support for Bud Pierce

To the Editor: As a native Oregonian, I have become disappointed with my state government. There was a time when our state government listened to the people of Oregon. But in the last 20 plus years those elected (and appointed) have been controlled by big money and special interest groups. The mind-set seems to be if the state needs money let’s tax the people even if we have to hide the tax. No matter what your political leaning is, you need to take a look at how our state government is being run. You will agree it is time for a change… new ideas… new vision. There is only one person running for governor that is willing to make the changes that benefit the people of the state of Oregon. Bud Pierce is that person. He is smart, understanding and not beholden to any special interest groups. He is not a career politician, and is willing to listen to the people of Oregon with an open door policy. Bud Pierce is willing to debate Kate Brown, who seems to be hiding from the people of Oregon. Kate Brown has turned down debating with Dr. Bud Pierce, stating she is too busy. Dr. Pierce is still taking care of his oncology practice, as well as going to speak to groups and listening to people’s concerns. Kate Brown seems to not...

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Confronting both nostalgia and amnesia

By E.J. DIONNE JR. The haunting U2 lyric, “I still haven’t found what I’m looking for,” captures what many Americans seem to feel about politics in 2016. And a lot of us are looking backward. Donald Trump’s pledge to make our country great again captures the longing of some of his supporters for a time when our country was less diverse—and when a less open global market created the circumstances for a large, well-paid working class. Trump doesn’t talk about it, but incomes also rose because of a robust union movement. The era of labor power feeds nostalgia on the left for the glory days that ran from the 1940s through the 1960s when living wages underwrote strong families and upward mobility. The postwar era “was an extraordinarily good time to be a worker,” says the historian Jefferson Cowie. “For the very first time in U.S. history, business, the government, and workers all accepted unions and collective bargaining as legitimate pillars of American working life.” “As a result,” he writes in The Great Exception: The New Deal and the Limits of American Politics, one of the year’s most important political books, “more income, more equality, more optimism, more leisure, more consumer goods, more travel, more entertainment, more expansive homes, and more education were all available … to regular people than at any other time in world history.” But as...

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Public officials should set standard

Sometimes, a two-word descriptive phrase can communicate equal to a 100 word paragraph. Consider the phrase “political hack.”  It can be used in a number of contexts but in this column it references a political office holder who may be best described as having displayed ethically-deficient behavior. Case in point comes from a newspaper story out of Salem reporting that State Rep. Jodi Hack (R-Salem) very likely overstepped ethical boundaries for legislators.  The matter’s origin is a Portland police officer, Laurent Bonczijk, who’s said that Hack confronted him about traffic tickets issued to her 22-year-old son. We learn that Hack’s son, Reece Hack, was involved in a crash on I-5 in Portland immediately south of the Marquam Bridge.  He was cited at that place for careless driving, driving without a license and failure to carry proof of insurance and registration.  Further, Reese Hack already had his license suspended for not paying fines from previous violations. The officer was stopped on his way to the Multnomah County Courthouse when Hack and her son confronted him. The officer reports that the conversation did not go well, saying that Hack was “extremely rude” and that she was trying to impress upon him the importance of her office-holding status and that he “better be dismissing tickets” because she is a state legislator and “how dare you ticket my son.” According to the officer there was more from Hack who referenced the officer as “a jerk right out of the gate,” accusing Bonczijk of profiling...

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