Month: December 2016

What Donald Trump should read

By MICHAEL GERSON Whatever his other considerable achievements, our president-elect is not known for his broad reading in American history. But Donald Trump is about to enter that history. And in the spirit of new beginnings, he might view this as an opportunity to accumulate some inspiration, both for his inaugural address and his manner of governing. If you were to recommend three American texts for our president-elect to read and ponder before taking the oath of office, what would they be? There are, of course, so many possibilities that any proposed list is almost entirely subjective. In a casual survey of friends, I got strong options by Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan. But since I get to choose, here are my selections: First, Martin Luther King’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Written in 1963 from solitary confinement, it was a response to local white clergymen who had condemned protests and accused King of being an outside agitator. For King, no one is an outsider when it comes to confronting injustice because “injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” King based a vision of human dignity on moral law, which takes precedence over unjust human laws. And King urges—actually demands—that white America see events from a different perspective. “When you have seen vicious mobs lynch your mothers and fathers at will … when you have seen...

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We should be taking care of us first

Listening to any apostle of the refugees flooding our country, one learns that they want every American to invite these folks into their homes as guests for however long it takes for them to get settled here and find a job. The refugees, they argue, should be first in line to take any available jobs no matter the consequences to U.S. citizens or those who arrived by lawful immigration procedures.  There’s a whole lot more, too, that we’re expected to give so that these folks feel welcome and warm here. Now, these folks are refugees for a reason; in the example of Aleppo, came apart and their government turned on them because their menfolk were shooting at an entrenched dictator, trying to overthrow the government. Why they did not make an effort to stop the madness of attacking a madman before it began is explained usually by “enshallah” (God’s will) then waiting for us to save them. These days they want a safe haven and the best place for that is Canada, Western Europe or the U.S.  Point in fact is they really do not want to be anywhere but home in that part of the Middle East, Pakistan or from wherever they have fled.  It can be predicted that they most likely will not seek to integrate with we heathens here, will not work at learning our language, will not adopt our customs or live by our sectarian laws. The war-torn among them will most often keep their...

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5 years for Keizer man after following teens

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A Keizer man will serve five years in prison after pleading guilty to 10 counts of encouraging sex abuse stemming from an arrest in May. Trevor Phillip Highsmith, of Keizer, was arrested after a Claggett Creek Middle School student noticed him following her and taking photos or video with his cell phone. The student made note of the man’s vehicle, license plate and a large sticker on the top of the windshield and reported those details to school staff. Staff, in turn, reported the incident to the Keizer Police Department (KPD). Sgt. Trevor Wenning and School Resource Officer David Zavala began looking into the case. About 24 hours later, Zavala patrolled the area and saw a male in a vehicle matching the description near the intersection of Alder Drive N.E. and Pleasant View Drive N.E. Zavala followed the vehicle and saw it be parked in front of a residence on the 3700 block of Pleasant View Drive. The driver exited the car and went into the residence. Once back-up arrived, Zavala approached the house and made contact with the driver, later identified as Highsmith. Highsmith gave consent to search his phone and it revealed dozens of images of child abuse in addition to photos of females that appeared to be walking to and from school that had been created in the weeks...

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Kuch leads MHS swim team

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes What does a swimmer do when she’s never lost an individual dual race in two high school seasons and already broken multiple district records before her junior year? What is she competing against? What’s next? Ask Marissa Kuch. “I kind of just race against McNary’s records,” said Kuch who owns the school records in the 100, 200 and 500 freestyle. “I really race to get McNary’s name more out there because we’re not really well known for swimming.” Kuch, who also has the Greater Valley Conference record in the 100 and 200 free...

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