Day: March 3, 2017

No Uber, Lyft; fix transit first

To the Editor: I am writing to voice my objections to Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett’s proposal to bring Uber and Lyft into this city without first trying to improve upon the current public transportation. It is no actual secret that a good chunk of people who live in this city, rely on a currently inadequate transportation system because the council is unable or unwilling to take actual steps to try and improve up on the system as it stands. Mayor Bennett has worked, it would seem, extremely hard to bring in ride share servers more than he has tried...

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Urban play stations

The city is surveying utility payers about their level of interest in and support of Keizer’s 19 parks. Respondents are asked if they would support an addition of up to $8 per month to upgrade and maintain them. Neighborhood and regional parks are a key offering of a city’s quality of life. People like parks and they help maintain property values. Parks, both big and small, are the recreation hubs in our neighborhoods. The lack of entertainment and recreation options in Keizer have always ranked high on the livability surveys. Kids, especially teens, are notoriously hard to keep busy...

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As Trump unmuzzles the economy, a rosy scenario will become reality

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Virtually the whole world is beating up on the Trump administration for daring to predict that low marginal tax rates, regulatory rollbacks and the repeal of Obamacare will generate 3 to 3.5 percent economic growth in the years ahead. In a CNBC interview last week, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin held the line on this forecast. He also argued the need for dynamic budget scoring to capture the effects of faster growth. Good for him. But what’s so interesting about all the economic growth naysaying today is that former President Obama’s first budget forecast roughly eight years...

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The American ideal will not be disrupted

By MICHAEL GERSON Two sets of remarks, a day apart, by two men more accustomed to being behind the scenes.    Stephen Bannon, appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), made the case for “economic nationalism” and called President Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership “one of the most pivotal moments in modern American history.” The passage of the Civil Rights Act and the defeat of the Soviet Union finally have some company. As the ideologist in Trump’s inner circle, Bannon is a practitioner of Newt Gingrich’s mystic arts. Take some partially valid insight at the crossroads of...

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Everyone likes to win

By LYNDON ZAITZ Everyone likes to win—an award, a ribbon, a title, a contest. The recent Academy Awards made me think about the awards and honors I have won. It was my first award that was like winning an Oscar. I had won a contest or two before my big win on May 19, 1976.  In second grade at Keizer Elementary School I won a coupon for a free 19¢ burger at Bob’s Burgers for having my poster design chosen as the winner. I can’t even remember what the topic was—don’t care; I won. By 1976 I had traded...

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