Day: July 29, 2016

There are no small parts

By LYNDON ZAITZ In my mind, all the world’s my stage; I perform on it every day. But sometimes I have a need to appear on an actual theatrical stage. Keizer Homegrown Theatre’s (KHT) annual Shakespeare in the Park fits the bill. Earlier this month, I performed in my fifth consecutive production on the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre stage at Keizer Rapids Park. This year the show was Twelfth Night, or What You Will and the experience was no less exciting and rewarding than any of the previous four shows. Linda Baker, founder of Keizer Homegrown Theatre, and director of this year’s show has a great nose for talent and, year after year, is able to put together a cast of committed people who give up their time for weeks to tread the boards. She recruits former students from her drama teacher days at McNary High School; she recruits from other theatre companies. You know you are under good direction when the right people are cast in the right roles. Actors clamor to return to act with Shakespeare in the Park. And why not? For those of us who didn’t pay as close attention as we should have when studying Shakespeare in high school attain a new level of reverence and understanding of the greatest English language playwright. The  way the Bard’s plays are edited and staged make it accessible...

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Korean War: 63 years later

To the Editor: July 27, 2016 marks the 63rd anniversary of the ceasefire of the Korean War (the “Forgotten War” that is technically still going on). To date, no peace treaty has been signed. A ceasefire went into effect at 10 p.m. July 27, 1953, which required all troops to begin dismantling and vacating their combat positions the following day. Peace talks had been in progress for many months before agreeing on the ceasefire.  A truce happened and an armistice was agreed to but still, no official peace treaty.  There were in excess of 37,000 Americans killed in combat during the 37 months from June, 1950 to July, 1953.  Equate this to the population of Keizer. Bob Wickman...

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Reply to Don Vowell

To the Editor: I might agree with a few statements from Don Vowell’s column (Stuck between two extremes, July 22) but not in whole. I don’t agree that Hillary Clinton is extreme. She offers up mostly middle of the road stands on issues and in some cases very progressive stances. That is not a bad thing. It takes the ability to understand our changing society and what it takes to get things done. Clinton offers experience and the tough attitude to get things accomplished. And to blame Obama for the removal of troops (from Iraq) is inaccurate. He was working on agreements made under the Bush administration. I, for one, feel very well represented by Hillary Clinton. I may not agree with everything, but tell me anyone that you would agree with 100 percent. Unlike the Democratic candidate, the other side offers up nothing but racism, bigotry and downright hatred for those unlike themselves. Building a wall between the US and Mexico, deporting all Muslims, taking away the rights of women to decide their own health concerns, taking away rights of the LGBT community and the list goes on. While you and others may see nothing but doom and gloom for our country, I see a chance for us to continue a path of success that Obama has created and Clinton will build upon. You can’t and will not...

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Mayor is correct

To the Editor: Mayor Cathy Clark recently brought up the subject of taxes and asked questions about what the city can currently afford and what the future demands may be for additional tax revenue. A mayor and city governments must ask these questions to be responsible and effective with their leadership. Especially with a growing community with limited resources and a tight tax base. Since when is raising questions and items for discussion bad government? I have learned from 25 years in state law enforcement, state management and private business ownership that the best decisions come from active discussions and debate. The more determined and varied views the better. The final decision in this case will be debated and decided by the voters. Perfect. Mayor Clark can’t sit on her hands and let the city grow, let infrastructure and service become overwhelmed until it all begins to fail. These issues have to be addressed in the present to prepare for the future. She is exactly right to be raising issues for the future of Keizer including taxes and revenue—that is part of the equation which drives everything else a city government can or cannot do. John P. Rizzo...

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Astoria Column is a summer must-see

Thoughts about my home town were inspired a few days ago by way of a short article in The Oregonian about one of Astoria’s landmarks.  The Astoria Column’s official dedication occurred 90 years ago on July 22, 1926. The column was built at the instigation of the president of the Great Northern Railway, Ralph Budd, who held a high opinion of America’s west coast pioneers and heartily felt they deserved a monument equal to their intrepid efforts to spread the U.S. to the Pacific Ocean. Interestingly, Astoria Column is 125 feet high and exactly equal in height to Emperor Trajan’s column in Rome after which its design was duplicated. Rome’s version continues standing though it is well over 2,000 years old: It commemorates Trajan’s two military campaigns in Dacia—modern day Romania. Trajan’s column is covered with figures carved in low relief on 19 drums of Italian marble that provide a narrative of 155 key scenes from the Roman campaign in Dacia.  Astoria Column presents a painted pictorial frieze on the exterior in mural form that spirals along for 525 feet from bottom to top, displaying significant events in the early history of Oregon with representations, among others, of Native American tribes that lived in the area, the exploration of the Columbia River by Captain Robert Gray, Lewis and Clark’s expedition, the founding of Fort Astoria in 1811, and the ship Tonquin’s journey from New York to Astoria. Electus D. Litchfield and Attilio Pusteria painted the exterior mural on the...

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