Month: March 2017

How Trump can get his groove back

By MICHAEL GERSON The central promise of the Trump administration—the repeal and replacement of Obamacare—has failed. The central premise of the Trump administration—that Donald Trump is a brilliant negotiator—has been discredited. In the process of losing a legislative battle, Trump has lost the theory of his presidency. The lessons, however, run deeper. Like other politicians before him, Trump ran for office arguing, in essence: Just give my party control of the elected branches of the federal government and massive change will quickly follow. Many Americans believed in this promise of winner-take-all government. The American system of government—with its constipated Senate rules and its complicated House coalitions—is designed to frustrate such plans. But the closeness of recent national elections has encouraged partisan dreams of political dominance. Republicans had control of the House, Senate and presidency in the 108th Congress. Democrats had the same in the 111th Congress. Now Republicans have it all in the 115th Congress. Total control is intoxicating. The winners feel like they have a mandate, even a mission. But the losers know, if they maintain partisan discipline and prevent achievements of the other side, they have a realistic chance of winning it all back. This leads to a cycle of hubris and obstructionism. How can this cycle be broken? There is only one way. Someone must do genuine outreach, involving the credible promise of compromise, from a...

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I choose more cops over parks

By ROBERT CONAHEY I am writing in response to the recent article in the Keizertimes about a proposal to add five officers to the Keizer Police Department. I exceptionally and greatly support this proposal; it is greatly needed and overdue. I only wish that there could be more officers added. I enjoy the system of parks that the city of Keizer has and they are very nice but I think that it is more important to have additional police protection. The recent burglary covered in the March 24 issue of the Keizertimes illustrates this point. More police means more coverage and more coverage means less crime. Suspects are more likely to be caught and locked up. By having more officers on the streets the word will go out through the criminal network that Keizer is not open for business. Criminals will not be welcome here and they should just move on and go somewhere else to commit their crimes. I have been a victim of crime and reported it to the police. If there had been more officers and more resources available to the department and the officers then maybe the case could have been resolved instead of going cold and me having to pay out of my own pocket for a private investigator and lawyer with my limited resources. It is important to have a safe community and...

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Claggett becomes AVID demo school

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes After 18 months of coaching and a day full of evaluations, Patrick Briggs, AVID State Director for Texas, didn’t make Claggett Creek Middle School wait any longer. “I congratulate you for being named an AVID Demonstration School,” he said on Wednesday, March 15 to applause from CCMS faculty and staff. Claggett Creek is just the third AVID Demo middle school in Oregon, following Parkrose in Portland and Stephens in Salem, which received the distinction just the day before. AVID validates schools for one-, two- and three-year terms. CCMS received three and will be...

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Underage driver crashes into MPFS truck

An unlicensed 14-year-old girl driving a friend’s vehicle crashed into a Marion-Polk Food Share truck in the Safeway parking lot Monday, March 13. Deputy Chief Jeff Kuhns was returning to the police station about 12:40 p.m. when he observed a 1994 Mercury traveling east on Lockhaven Drive North and turning south on River Road North too quickly. The vehicle’s speed caused it to drift into oncoming lanes of traffic. Kuhns began following the vehicle with three occupants inside and the driver had trouble maintaining a single lane, nearly crashing into another driver when changing lanes. By the time the...

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Matching grants jettisoned for skate park repairs

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The immediate future of Keizer’s Carlson Skate Park was on the line at a meeting of the Keizer Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee Tuesday, March 14. The board was faced with a decision of suspending a matching grant program to cover much-needed repairs at the park or a looming closure of Carlson if it continues to deteriorate. After a lengthy discussion, board members decided to suspend the matching grant program in favor of repairs at Carlson. Reaching a resolution meant moving forward under the assumption that the parks department would receive no...

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