Month: September 2017

Willie Jane Jakob

June 28, 1942 – June 27, 2017 Willie Jane Jakob was born June 28, 1942 to Medford Newton “Tex” and Ida Mae Wilson in Salfridge Field, Mich. She graduated from Saint Monica’s High School in Santa Monica, California. On June 2, 1962 she married Helmut “John” Jakob. They moved to Oregon in 1963 and settled in Keizer in 1964. She had two daughters Mary Louise and Christine Marie and several foster children including her daughters Phyllis “Lori” and Donna. She attended Chemeketa Community College getting certified and becoming a self-employed licensed massage therapist. Willie Jane and her family became early members of St. Edward’s Catholic Church where she continued as a parishioner until her death on June 27, 2017. Funeral mass and rosary were held July 5, 2017 at St. Edward Parish. Internment at Claggett Cemetery. Jakob is survived by her four daughters Mary Page (Tim), Christine McClellen, Phyllis “Lori” Merchant and Donna Blakley (Jerry). She has 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Additionally, she is survived by her sister-in-law, Marie Wilson. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and brother, Thomas Luke...

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Chemawa plants are weeds

To The Editor: I totally agree with Lorna Moore’s letter to the editor (Chemawa Rd. plants) on the plants along Chemawa Road N.  I agree with all the descriptive adjectives she used in the article which appeared in the September 1 issue.   I call these plants weeds. Terri E. Pace...

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Striving to bring great entertainment

To the Editor: In August the Solar Eclipse Weekend become one of the greatest events that took place in Keizer. World class violinist David Klinkenberg played at the Keizer Rotary Amphitheatre on Sunday and again on the morning of the eclipse. I am trying hard to bring top bands and performers to the amphitheater within our budget. I hope you will join us Saturday, Sept. 9, at the amphitheater for another great event:  the band JFK will perform. Clint Holland...

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Waremart in Keizer

To the Editor: Not sure what landscaping/art Winco should be responsible for (Landscaping code revamp meets skepticism at council, Sept. 1). I am sure of the benefit that they will provide to the community in savings to the annual grocery budget of Keizer residents, should they decide to support the addition of Winco (Waremart) to the Keizer community.  Perhaps, instead of airing the dirty laundry of the city council’s development code and recognizing Winco’s extensive remodel of the previous Albertsons’ location in a positive light, we could report the positive impact that Waremart’s substantial remodel will provide. I am a loyal supporter of Winco as an extremely positive cost alternative to the grocery shopping experience.  Many communities offer incentives for companies to expand into their communities. It appears that Keizer is fearful that they may leave small amounts of money on the table that they might have squeezed out of future tax paying entities. Ted Steinke...

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Immigration policy working

By DEBRA SAUNDERS Arguably the most successful element of Donald Trump’s presidency involves a campaign promise that hasn’t been enacted or funded by Congress. The mere threat of a wall —a “big, beautiful” wall—along the Mexican border has transformed the immigration equation, as fewer undocumented immigrants cross the border into the United States. The number of illegal border crossings was down 47 percent in July compared with the same period last year, and the number is down 22 percent for the 2017 fiscal year, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Meanwhile, the number of total orders for voluntary departures or removal of undocumented immigrants between Feb. 1 and July 31 is up 31 percent. In other words, the policy is working even if no bill has made it to the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office desk favored by many presidents. At last week’s White House press briefing, reporters questioned press secretary Sarah Sanders about the wisdom of Trump threatening to shut down the federal government if Congress does not fund his plans for the wall. After all, Trump promised Mexico would pay for it. Reporters also frequently ask whether building a wall is a smart use of taxpayer dollars given that illegal immigration crossings are down. Ditto for Trump’s plan to hire 10,000 new Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers as well as 5,000 Border Patrol agents. Those...

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