Day: June 30, 2017

McNary goes local for drama director

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes After four years of a two-hour commute to Parkrose High School in Northeast Portland, Tom Cavanaugh is looking forward to working just five minutes from his front door. But that’s not all that drew him to McNary High School. “I knew the reputation of McNary theatre,” Cavanaugh said. “I’ve known Dallas (Myers) for years and years and years. I knew a lot of what they had going on there. It was all really exciting. To have that many kids interested and participating in theatre is amazing.” Cavanaugh is replacing Myers, who stepped down...

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Expensive week in Salem

This has been an expensive couple weeks for you in the Oregon legislature. Despite record amounts of revenue, the majority party has focused on getting more money.  First from large corporations and having failed at that, turned to those who do not have the means to defend themselves: small businesses. The Oregon Constitution clearly states that any law that would raise revenue must be passed by a 3/5 majority of the legislature. This session, that would mean that at least one Republican in both the House and the Senate would have to vote with all of the Democrats to raise revenue. Instead of following the Constitution, the majority party moved forward with House Bill 2060, a bill to raise revenue from small businesses—and they chose to pass it without any Republican votes because they said it only “removed tax breaks” instead of raising revenue.  This was based on the opinion of one attorney in the Capitol. For small businesses with less than 10 employees—which, across the state, that size makes up over 80 percent of our businesses, and in Newberg it’s 91 percent—this is a huge deal. HB2060 combined with HB 2391, the health insurance premium tax on small business would make a total of $341 million raised in new small business taxes in the past two weeks. At some point, government must learn to live within its means,...

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Anyone can run for council

To the Editor: This is in response to Lyndon Zaitz’s editorial of June 23 (You can’t force people). I agree with most of his comments and opinions in regard to the issue of “inclusivity.” One of the themes in the editorial is you can’t legislate what people think or who they like. I totally agree with that. There are standards, however, that the city must follow. They are called the law. To my knowledge the city has followed the law in its charter, ordinances, and resolutions. Where I take issue with the editor is where he laments that while one fifth of the population of Keizer may be Hispanic only one Hispanic in 35 years has ever been elected to the City Council. He says that is “sad.” The reason only one Hispanic has ever been elected is because only one Hispanic has ever run for election. That is the “sad” element here. There may be various reasons why Hispanics do not seek election and that would be an interesting discussion. However, assuming a Hispanic meets the requirements of office like every other candidate must do, there would be no reason they could not be elected. Jerry McGee...

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The big lies about health care

By E.J. DIONNE JR. To succeed in gutting health coverage for millions of Americans, Senate Republican leaders need to get a series of lies accepted as truth. Journalists and other neutral arbiters must resist the temptation to report these lies as just a point of view. A lie is a lie. Lie One: Democrats and progressives are unwilling to work with Republicans and conservatives on this issue. “If we went and got the single greatest health care plan in the history of the world, we would not get one Democrat vote,” President Trump told an Iowa crowd recently. In fact, Democrats, including President Obama when he was in office, have said repeatedly they would like to work with Republicans to improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer’s office put out a list of such offers, including a June 15 letter from Schumer to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell calling for a cross-party meeting to “find a way to make health care more affordable and accessible.” But Democrats can never be complicit in a wholesale repeal of Obamacare that would take health coverage away from millions of Americans. This first lie is important because it rationalizes the Republican claim that the bill has to be draconian because it can’t pass without support from the party’s most right-wing legislators. “This is not the best possible bill,” said...

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