Day: April 28, 2017

Costs for our traveling president

To the Editor: No one alive today can verify or deny that French King Louis XVI’s wife, Marie Antoinette, said “Let them eat cake.” This alleged comment of hers was inspired by the belief that she and her royal family cared not at all what happened to starving Parisians. In the U.S. these days, we know for a fact that millions among us do not have enough to eat and are without safe shelter.  The problem is further compounded and distress-causing by the huge number of American children going hungry and homeless. Meanwhile, our “royal” family lives as though they care not at all what happens...

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Harder for school board position

To the Editor: I have known Dr. Kathleen Harder and her family for many years. She’s down-to-earth, easy to talk to, and genuinely concerned with those around her. Her compassion is matched only by her willingness to work hard.  That makes her a great doctor, and it will also make her a very effective member of the Salem-Keizer School Board. Kathleen is a dedicated mom who, alongside her husband Rob, has raised a bright and talented young man who graduated from the Salem-Keizer public school system and is headed off to college. She is passionate about our public school...

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Moving bills is a lesson in politics

From the Capitol By Bill Post This has been a crazy week here in the Oregon legislature. Two thousand-seven hundred eighty four bills have been introduced so far this session, and April 18 was one of the biggest deadlines. To remain viable, all bills (besides those in the Rules and Ways and Means committees) had to have a work session and be moved out to the House (or Senate) Floor. Most of my bills didn’t make it out of committee and are thus “dead.” I do have a few still kicking in Ways and Means, which I am excited...

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Gilbert Martinez

November 4, 1960 – April 21, 2017 Gilbert Martinez passed away on April 21 in Temecula, Calif. Martinez was born in Orange County, Calif. but spent most of his childhood in Keizer. He graduated from McNary High School in 1979. He moved back to California where he loved riding his Harley Davidson Fatboy in the sunshine and lived life in the moment. He was passionate for his family and dog named Harley. He succumbed from pancreatic cancer and will be missed by many special friends and family. Martinez is survived by four brothers, two sisters and his...

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Claire J. Reed, 1930 – 2017

Known for her cheerful disposition and positive attitude, Claire was often looked up to for her guidance, support, and love for friends in need experiencing difficulties in life. Her firm belief in a personal God, and a curiosity which took her to new experiences throughout the world, well showed that she lived the life she had to the fullest, in spite of many disappointments and setbacks. Born in 1930 during the Depression, of Russian immigrant parents, Timothy and Stenia Ejov, she spent her early years in Englewood, N.J. She proved herself an outstanding student, and subsequently graduated magna cum...

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