Day: June 16, 2017

$4 monthly police fee advances

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The Keizer City Council unanimously approved moving forward with a $4-per-month fee to create dedicated funding for new police officers at a special session Monday, June 12. The vote does not enact the fee – an ordinance will come back to the council for final approval at a future meeting – but there didn’t appear to be many roadblocks standing in its way during the meeting. Public testimony offered by about a dozen residents resembled a lovefest for Keizer cops with only a limited amount of concern voiced for any aspect of...

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Dolores Ione (Haeger) Young

March 25, 1935 – June 5, 2017 Dolores Ione (Haeger) Young of Keizer passed away of natural causes on June 5, 2017. Young was born March 25, 1935 to Henry and Inez Haeger in Olympia, WA. Her early years were spent in Olympia and Tonasket, WA; she graduated from high school in Arcata, CA, where she had been a cheerleader and honor student. She also attended Santa Rosa Junior College. She was a contestant in regional preliminaries for the Miss America pageant. Dolores married Gary Young on Feb. 26, 1955. They moved to Keizer in 1964 and had three...

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There was no staggering increase in coal jobs

To the Editor: It seems timely and fitting to address “alternative facts” and “fake news”  for which the Trump administration has become infamous.  This example has to do with jobs in mining coal and was delivered the other day by Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency Administrator, Scott Pruitt, on This Week With George Stephanopoulos. Pruitt announced that the Trump administration has presided over “a staggering increase in coal-industry employment.” “Over 50,000 jobs increase since the first of 2017, coal jobs, mining jobs created in this country,” with “almost 7,000 mining and coal jobs created during the month of May.” Facts from the U.S. Department of Labor statistics report that the coal industry added 400 jobs, not 7,000, in May, 2017, and has added just 1,700 since last October, 2016.  The mining and coal industry employs currently a total of 51,000 people and there were not merely 1,000 people employed therein before the Trump election. It would seem ill-advised to plan America’s future energy policy around the goal of maximizing jobs in an industry that’s reputed to offer fewer jobs than the Arby’s franchise.  Then, too, the solar industry employs twice as many Americans as the coal industry.  Meanwhile, if one wants to live in a fantasy where greenhouse gas emissions do not trap heat in Earth’s atmosphere, one may as well pretend a scenario with imaginary jobs. Gene H. McIntyre...

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Make Keizer an inclusive community

To the Editor: This is a letter that was sent to Mayor Cathy Clark,who read it before the whole council: Dear Mayor Cathy Clark, Previously, we came before the City Council with a goal to make sure Keizer is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive city and for the Council to consider creating an Inclusivity Resolution for Keizer. We expressed concerns and you asked that we think of some actions that could be taken. Thank you for your considerations, listening so far, and for your support and suggestion in including us in these discussions and actions. At this time, we feel that having an Inclusivity Resolution is a foundational action we need to take in order to ensure our goal. We could help create a group or task force, so that we can work together with you and the city council to create a Resolution and future actions that embody inclusivity. The work group or task force would ideally include city council and community members. It would be a diverse membership that reflects Keizer’s population, and include representatives from community groups like Mano a Mano, NAACP, Causa; the LGBTQI+ community; education and religious leaders; and members from the Keizer Police and Fire District. We’d collaborate to form a resolution and ongoing future actions related to our goal. We feel that an Inclusivity Resolution is essential for Keizer for the following...

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