Month: June 2017

A razor and an iron

By LYNDON ZAITZ I come from a customer service background, primarily in food and beverage. Restaurant companies are serious when it comes to not only the cleanliness of their shops but also a clean, presentable staff. Companies in the 1970s and 1980s had dress and grooming guidelines. If you wanted a job you wore the uniform or you cut your hair or you covered your tattoos. A number of high profile court cases put the scotch on such rules. And it shows these days. Far from a crotchedy ol’ man, I find myself railing (in my mind) against the standards so many businesses seem to have adopted these days when it comes to how they allow their employees to appear. Back in the 1960s parents and older people wanted to chase after and cut the ‘hippie’ hair of kids. Meh…hair styles come and go. I find I want to chase after employees with a razor. I think to myself: commit to a beard fully or drop the whole thing and shave. The employee with a quarter inch, spotty beard, is a not a paragon of fashion or hipness in my book. Not every person who can grow some hair on their face should have a beard; mostly it just looks unkempt and sends a message that they don’t much care about personal grooming. I also find myself wanting to...

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Teen charged with stalking after breaking windows

A 17-year-old was charged with stalking a business after shattering windows at Keizer Sub Shop twice in May. About 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, Keizer police officers responded to the business at 4490 River Road North on the report of a gun being fired at the windows. The suspect then fled the scene. Officers arrived and determined that it was unlikely a gun was used, but another officer found the suspect nearby on Cherry Avenue Northeast. He was detained and taken to the scene where he was identified as the culprit. He had also previously victimized the business...

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Backlash builds against Griffin

By DEBRA SAUNDERS By mid-week last week, comedian Kathy Griffin had apologized for posing for a photo with what looked like the blood-soaked decapitated head of President Donald Trump. “I went too far,” she said in a contrite follow-up video. “I sincerely apologize.” But it was too late. Squatty Potty CEO Bobby Edwards announced that it was suspending an ad campaign featuring Griffin as the Utah-based bathroom-stool company saw the stunt as “deeply inappropriate” and “contrary to the core values our company stands for.” CNN also announced it was terminating Griffin’s appearance on its New Year’s show, after earlier criticizing the photos as “disgusting and offensive.” Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., still planned to appear with Griffin on a tour to promote his new book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate. Franken called the photo shoot “a horrible mistake,” but said “she did the right thing asking for forgiveness.” The question is: What ever made Griffin and photographer Tyler Shields think that it was acceptable, or even funny, for Griffin to pose as an Islamic State terrorist would, holding what looked to be the hacked-off head of a U.S. president? It is clear that the photo—posted earlier on TMZ—was not a spontaneous gaffe. Griffin and Shields produced a video about the production in which Griffin joked, “We have to go to Mexico. Because we’re going to prison, federal prison.” Radio...

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Exit from Paris climate accord is wrong

Give or take a year or two, the Industrial Revolution began in earnest in Great Britain during the last decade of the 18th century. So, a mere 227 years ago on planet Earth, a relatively small-sized but somewhat unique, rocky world circling a comparatively small star at 4.5 billion years of age, the human species started to add significantly to naturally-occurring air, water and soil contaminants, rendering them often-dangerous to the health, even survival, of many living creatures. Then, in the waning years of the last century (mainly the 1980s), humankind began to notice that human activity was causing so much pollution in every way that it was calculated as inevitable that, should the waste and wantonness continue, there’d be no certainty the planet would, before long, due to climate change and a multitude of other threatening conditions, allow its “smartest” species to survive, homo sapiens dating back by fossil-finds some 200,000 years. Down close to the present time, there have been fits and starts among the nations of the world to try to bring to a halt, or even, if possible, to reverse, the serious threat to the air, water and soil for plants and animals on the planet. This concern resulted in the Paris climate agreement, co-signed and adopted by 195 nations on December 12, 2015, to mitigate and control greenhouse gasses, scheduled to officially get underway in 2020. Now, President Trump has announced that the U.S. will withdraw from the agreement, joining Nicaragua and Syria, originally unable to sign. However, the nuts and bolts of...

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Retro video games in new exhibit

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes The only video game console David Sherman has ever sold was his original Nintendo Entertainment System. It ended up being such a traumatic experience that he can still remember the precise day: Halloween 1991. “I sold it to a guy who ran a flea market table for $55 with all my games at the time … so stupid, but I was only 10 years old and did it without my Mom knowing,” said Sherman. He planned to used the proceeds to purchase a Sega Genesis without realizing he would have to come...

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