Day: October 21, 2016

Never Hillary

To the Editor: On Jan. 13, 2013, Hillary Clinton said, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Here are four reasons why Hillary Clinton shouldn’t be elected president: Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Doherty, Tyrone Woods. Hillary lied after those four Americans died. Renee Dick...

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A vicious debate indeed

To the Editor: For once a semi-positive letter about Hillary Clinton. I am sick of the witch hunt on Hillary Clinton. The Republicans have created scandals when there has been none. They make up false accusations and have a presidential candidate that says he is going to jail her when no criminal charges have never been found. Compare that to Donald Trump who has actually bragged about unwanted sexual acts against several women. This is more likely to bring criminal charges. He is a sexist, racist, bigoted creep. He is disliked by latinos, blacks, Muslims, women and anyone with half a brain. Poll numbers prove this, his own comments he makes publicly and by his actions. Thank you E.J. Dionne Jr. for your article. (A vicious presidential debate, Keizertimes, Oct. 14). Kristine Adams...

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Not all rosy at new Starbucks

To the Editor: It appears those of us who like to meet friends and settle in for a cozy chat are out of luck at the new Starbucks. There is not nearly enough parking close to the door, and the alternative is parking that involves a hike—not a pleasant prospect in our nasty weather. Inside it is quite loud, making it difficult to hear the friend sitting across the table. Some kind of sound-dampening materials are needed. I’m sure the brisk drive-thru business more than makes this business model quite profitable and all of the things cited above make me think that’s all they cared about with this design, including the lack of parking. Gone are the days of being able to walk just steps between your car and the front door and stepping inside a buzzing (but not loud) coffee shop to meet friends. Sue Miholer...

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Descending into ideological psychosis

By MICHAEL GERSON    Given even the lowest expectations, Donald Trump still has the capacity to surprise. In recent days, Trump has sneered at the looks of a woman who accuses him of sexual assault, denigrated the appearance of Hillary Clinton, proposed to drug test his opponent, used his campaign to promote what appears to be a Russian covert operation, asserted that Clinton has held secret meetings with international bankers “to plot the destruction of U.S. sovereignty,” attacked Saturday Night Live, promised to jail his opponent and contended that “the whole election is being rigged.” Which means that Trump is sickeningly cruel, boorish, bonkers, subversive, conspiratorial, obsessive, authoritarian and reckless with the reputation of American democracy. This is quite a closing argument for a presidential candidate. I imagine it did not emerge from focus groups. So what does all of this mean? (1) It means that the Republican nominee for president is frighteningly unstable under pressure. He is easily baited, highly sensitive to slights, prone to using faulty information from off the internet, hyperbolic and vengeful. Now imagine those characteristics during a confrontation with China in the South China Sea. (2) It is an indication of the quality of his closest, non-family advisers. Stephen Bannon and Rudy Giuliani are not attempting to keep Trump in check. They are feeding his manias. Trump is completely unmoored from restraining influences, and...

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A Win for Keizer

Waremart by WinCo to open by mid-2017 By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Earlier this week, one piece of news on the Keizertimes Facebook page was viewed by more than 67,000 people (30,000 more people than actually live in Keizer), it was liked by 592 people and shared nearly 650 times. Want to guess what it was? WinCo, at least a smaller-scale version of it named Waremart, is coming to Keizer. The employee-owned company announced Monday, Oct. 17, that it had purchased the old Albertsons/Haggen building at 5450 River Road N. “Our research has shown for years that...

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