Month: May 2017

Are we there yet?

Movement is slow on numerous new businesses in Keizer By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes A number of sites throughout Keizer are being eyed by businesses small and large, not the least of which is a second grocery store. While news on some of the projects is minimal at this point, the Keizertimes receives regular requests for updates on where the projects stand. Here are some of the highlights of what is known about the current situations at each location. In October 2016, Winco announced it would open a smaller-scale store, Waremart by Winco, at the location formerly occupied...

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Matching goods to needs

At a time of expected cuts in social service spending by governments on every level due to budgetary constraints, the public—in some cases—can find quicker and more efficient results by turning to each other. That is what the Community Resource Network is doing in Marion County. The network is part of the county’s Community Services Department. It is a web-based network that connects resources to unmet needs through information sharing. It is not a bureaucracy, it is people helping people. An example cited by Tamra Goettsch, director of the Community Services Department, is about a goat. A young girl...

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Nothing eclipses festival

Keizer’s biggest community event kicks off Thursday night at the Keizerfest tent at the Lions Club on Cherry Avenue. Total Eclipse of the Heart, the 2017 Keizer Iris Festival is officially held all month long in May, but the big events started last weekend and continue through Sunday, May 21. This year’s theme was chosen to mark the total solar eclipse that will be visible in Keizer on Aug. 21. The public is invited to many festival activities, and there is something for everyone. The kick-off party is Thursday in the Keizerfest tent starting at 5 p.m. Cost is...

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No respect

To the Editor: It appears the Keizer City Council has no respect for the judgement of the voters in Keizer. Judging by the results of the special meeting on imposing a fee for city parks, the council will—in all likelihood—impose a $4 per month per household on our water bills. In spite of the city’s own survey which showed our citizens ranked parks well below public safety, the council will probably go ahead with a fee without a vote of the people. The fact is the parks now receive $336,000 a year for maintenance and that will go to $1 million per year with the fee. You can bet a fee for public safety will be on the agenda shortly. The only way to stop the process is for tax payers to let the city council know they are acting badly. Let’s take care of public safety first and let us vote on fees. Bill Quinn...

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Which story are we sticking to?

By DEBRA SAUNDERS President Donald Trump did himself no favor last week when he went on NBC News and essentially refuted the reason his team had given the press for why he fired FBI Director James Comey. Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt, “I was going to fire Comey” regardless of what the Department of Justice recommended, which conflicted with the White House’s sketchy version of events. White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters that the decision to can Comey came from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. “It was all him,” Spicer told reporters. “No one from the White House. That was a DOJ decision.” Wrong. Then, Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters Trump asked Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions for their recommendation “based on the conversation they had. He asked them to put that recommendation in writing. But they came to him on his own.” Wrong. That day Vice President Mike Pence also framed Trump’s decision to fire Comey as the result of Rosenstein’s and Sessions’ input. Not true. The White House does not look good. David Axelrod, former guru to President Barack Obama, summed up the problem when he told The New York Times, “The most hazardous duty in Washington these days is that of a Trump surrogate. … You wind up looking like a liar or a fool.” Anonymous staffers began leaking stories...

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