Day: October 28, 2016

Brown unenthusiastic choice

By Gene McIntyre Oregon’s not unusual in terms of embracing one major U.S. political party and then the other. Take the last eighty years, late 1930s to the present day, and the reader will find that there have been eight Democrats and eight Republicans occupying the chief’s office in our capitol. It’s not like some elections for governor have not been close.  And, now, if GOP candidate “Bud” Pierce, a generally moderate Republican, hadn’t stumbled badly in debate in Portland when he discussed domestic violence and sexual assault, showing lack of understanding of two societal issues and then not taking responsibility for what he said, the current race might have been much tighter.  Meanwhile, as usual, with little chance to win, there are other candidates for Oregon governor through Libertarian James Foster, Independent Cliff Thomason and Constitution’s Aaron Donald Auer on the ballot. Regarding office tenure, former Governor John Kitzhaber proved to me, as expressed through concerns in earlier columns, that serving more than two terms can result in an office-holder who concludes he owns the people rather than that the people own him.  For Kitzhaber it meant resigning in disgrace at the start of term-four under charges, yet unresolved, of influence peddling.  He also jettisoned the public’s trust by surrendering his authority and responsibility to a fiancée. Meanwhile, in 2016, I borrow from The Daily Astorian when I report their “reluctant” endorsement of Kate Brown.  Journalists there, editorializing about the election, view this...

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Read between the lines on Measure 97

By DON VOWELL You can’t vote maybe.  You can vote yes or no.  If your life is guided by political campaign ads you must believe that a yes vote for Measure 97 dooms us to higher taxes, loss of jobs, and crippling burdens for some Oregon-based businesses.  A no vote means a continuance of failing schools, shortage of health care, and less funding for senior services.  Who would vote for either of those outcomes? As members of a responsible voting citizenry we are to make informed votes on issues.  So I read the voter’s pamphlet.  There were many of what seemed to be reasonable arguments in favor of this measure and more of what seemed to be reasonable arguments against this measure.  The two things I took away from this are that the reasonable choice is to be for and against this measure, and that the effects of money being equated to free speech are being felt. There are some questions not asked and not answered in the voter’s pamphlet.  The first question is why must we vote on this?  The Oregon State Legislature was elected to make a budget and justify it.  They have a remarkable breadth of resources, experts in every field, to guide them in shaping the form of revenue versus expense.  As a retired guy in Keizer I don’t have any confidence that I can...

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It’s time to vote

From the Capitol By Rep. Bill Post It’s so good to be a Keizerite!  As I write this, I’ve just found out what you have no doubt already discovered, that we have a Winco/Waremart grocery store coming to Keizer!  I couldn’t be more excited. This town has proved over and over that it can support more than one grocery store and I know this new one will be welcomed with open arms.  I am certain that this will also help the existing Safeway store in many ways as competition makes business grow and offer more choices. Also, as I write this, we are two weeks away from the 2016 General Election.  As always, I urge you to make sure to vote.  I am not going to ask you to vote for me or anyone else in particular as this forum is really to inform you of the things I encounter as your state representative, not to convince you to vote for me.  I just want you to vote!  From the top of the ticket in this very strange and contentious presidential race to the furthest down the ballot you go, all of these positions and ballot measures are so very important –  and you have a vote, a vote that means an awful lot. Most of us know a veteran of some sort from some branch, some of them...

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Trump is not a Republican aberration

By E.J. DIONNE JR. WASHINGTON — The lies and distortions that Donald Trump’s campaign messengers deploy to rationalize their candidate’s outrageousness are more typical of the last couple of decades of our politics than we’d like to admit. Especially revealing and infuriating are the efforts to use Al Gore as a human shield against the public indignation Trump aroused by refusing to say whether he would accept the verdict of a democratic election. To compare what Gore did in the aftermath of the contested 2000 election with what Trump is doing now is like analogizing a fire marshal investigating the causes of a blaze to an arsonist. But first, the larger lesson. As Trump has plummeted in the polls, more conventional Republicans who thought they could get away with supporting him have tried to pretend that Trump and his message were foisted on them from some distant planet. On Thursday in Florida, President Obama called the GOP’s bluff. “Trump didn’t come out of nowhere,” he declared. “For years, Republican politicians and far-right media outlets had just been pumping out all kinds of toxic, crazy stuff. … Donald Trump didn’t start all this. Like he usually does, he just slapped his name on it, took credit for it, and promoted the heck out of it.” Obama cataloged the craziness he had in mind: the “birther thing,” climate change as “a...

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Lady Celts end volleyball season at Sunset

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Three of the top 12 teams in the state, West Salem, South Salem and Sprague, came out of the Greater Valley Conference. But when asked if Sunset was the best his girls have faced, McNary head coach Bruce Myers needed only a couple seconds to answer—“I’d say yes, that’s the best team we’ve played.” The Lady Apollos ended McNary’s season on Wednesday, Oct. 26, defeating the Lady Celts 3-1 in the first round of the OSAA state playoffs. “I was extremely pleased. We played extremely hard, just a couple little things didn’t go our way,” Myers said. “You have to credit Sunset. They’re an awfully good volleyball team.” The Lady Apollos, led by college-bound seniors Emily DeMots and Rachel Santos as well as sophomore Sophie Summers, who played on the U.S.A. Youth National Team during the summer, went 17-7 during the regular season and finished second in the loaded Metro League, which was won by No.1-ranked Jesuit. “They’re so tall,” Myers said of Sunset. “They have at least two Division-I volleyball players and four other small college players. They have an extremely good setter and they can attack the net from sideline to sideline and not only that their libero is extremely good.” The Lady Appollos took the first set 25-19. “They jumped out on us real quick but we stayed even with...

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