Month: June 2017

You can’t force people

The goal of identifying Keizer as a welcoming, safe and inclusive city is one that can be embraced by all citizens. The plea from a small group of Keizer residents that went before the city council was for a Inclusivity resolution. Mayor Cathy Clark rightly asked the group to come back to the council with a plan of action the city could consider. The group (it doesn’t have a workable name yet) reported that other cities around Oregon are working on their own inclusivity resolutions. The group is asking the city to spend precious resources to establish an official body that would work on language to put Keizer on the correct side of the issue. Even the simplest of city task forces or committees requires a meeting space, an official recorder and printed reports and meeting mintues. Keizer and other local governments operate under federal non-discrimination guidelines. Many federal mandates are written to assure rights of individuals and organizations are maintained and protected. What the inclusivity group is seeking is to legislate beliefs and behavior. You can not force people to do what you want them to without the threat of consequences. Unfortunately, public messages meant to influence the actions of the public often falls deaf on the ears of those who are the message’s target audience. Plus, you cannot pass an ordinance calling for the average citizen to...

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Fees

To the Editor: This is in regard to the city council imposing a free for additional money for police and parks in Keizer. After watching Police Chief  John Teague’s presentation at the special city council meeting, I am inclined to encourage the council to go ahead now with the fee for five police officers at $4 per month per city utility billing. I am also in favor of indexing the fee if approved by future budget committees. As for the fee for parks, I would not have any problem with a fee of $2 per month and allowing that to be indexed by future budget committees. I would strongly oppose at fee of $4 per month for parks at this time. Bill Quinn...

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Why some people are unwelcome 

To the Editor: In the letter sent by “Concerned friends” to the Keizer mayor, most readers will notice a gaping hole in the “friends” argument for making Keizer a “welcoming and inclusive city.” “Inclusive” is a current buzzword used to obscure the fact that some people are defying the basic right of our nation to control immigration. Should such people be welcomed and made to feel included? A nation that doesn’t have respected and enforced immigration controls, quite simply, cannot endure. The U.S. has clear borders, and a federal immigration system. Every person entering the U.S. is supposed to be inspected by federal agents before being admitted.  The agents will check that the person is either a returning citizen, or has a valid visa or other official proof of identity giving that person the right to enter.  Anyone who sneaks in uninspected, or overstays a visa, is by law defined as an illegal alien. Sadly, many Americans have died overdosing on drugs smuggled into the U.S. across our southern border by vicious illegal alien gang members now entrenched in Oregon. Our country has suffered deadly terrorist attacks made easy by poor immigration controls.  Excessive immigration has increased U.S. population beyond environmental carrying capacity, threatening natural resources.  Our new president is dedicated to restoring integrity in immigration management. Oregon and Keizer should cooperate in these efforts, not try to stop them....

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Time for a good buddy tale

By DEBRA SAUNDERS Americans needed a good buddy movie after a deranged gunman targeted Republicans practicing for a bipartisan ballgame to raise money for charities last week. The attack left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., in critical condition and sent others to the hospital, including Capitol Hill police officers Crystal Griner and David Bailey, who fought off the shooter even after he wounded them. So while Griner and Bailey recovered, Reps. Joe Barton, R-Texas, and Michael Doyle, D-Pa.—managers of the rival Republican and Democratic teams—showed Americans a side of Congress voters rarely see on the news: partisans who disagree but are still friends. Neither Doyle nor Barton used the violence to make a political point. Barton told PBS NewsHour, “We have an R or D by our name, but our title is United States Representative.” Thursday, President Donald Trump wondered if Scalise “in his own way may have brought some unity to our long-divided country.” Can something good happen from something so wrong? Doyle suggested a path toward civility. “When people see their leaders being uncivil toward one another, then you see the public being uncivil toward one another and toward their leaders.” He wasn’t blaming anyone for the lone-wolf shooter’s rampage. He was acknowledging how Americans look at Congress—and what members can do to restore their image. A recent Gallup poll found that 20 percent of Americans...

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New tactics needed in Afghan war

By GENE H. McINTYRE After 15 years of trying the same strategies and tactics to defeat the Taliban, would it not seem high time that something new is tried? Reference is made to our ongoing, apparently interminable military-on-the-ground presence in Afghanistan where draining the U.S. treasury and losing many young American lives goes on year-in and year-out to what’s now recognized as a protracted stalemate with neither side in the win column. This condition of futility goes for Iraq, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen, too. We went into Afghanistan for what was argued a good reason after 9/11, when the origin of that dastardly attack was determined to be al-Queda training camps located there.  The U.S. intent also was to exterminate the Taliban.  What began as an effort to exact revenge for killing thousands of Americans in New York City and Washington, D.C., and prevent a repeat, has turned into a war without victory for us and no end to resurgent activity by a deeply dedicated, and extremist-entrenched terrorist movement . Now, American media report that there’s serious thought being given to increasing the number of U.S. military trying to end the Taliban, U.S. military numbers having waxed and waned to a present several thousand (8,400) with several thousand more under consideration.  Yet, the average taxpayer and the peace-loving American, with a heavy heart and moral conscience, wonders what, for heaven’s sake, is to be gained with the same performance repeated...

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