Day: November 3, 2017

Is our democracy under threat?

By GENE H. McINTYRE Ideally, if democracy in practice is the mainstay of a functioning government, the power must come from and remain with the people.  Elections are held and citizens are able to vote for the candidate they feel will best represent their wants and needs.  The central principle behind a democracy is that of representation. It was the foundation for the U.S. Constitution as that was the character of the nation they intended after a revolution that  freed the people from venal and corrupt British monarchical rule, conditions the founding fathers did not want to re-establish in their new country. Freedom is a large part of democracy. Freedom of thought, worship, speech and action (assuming action is peaceful and within the limits of established law) are the backbone around which our government is built. Freedoms in the American context have been those by which individuals can grow and develop and pursue their personal dreams and goals.  A democracy seeks to foster growth in the arts, sciences, literature, invention and innovations of all kinds, believing that when people are free to work as they see fit they will have the opportunity to contribute to their community and the society-at-large. Some of us, including this opinion writer, are inclined to see serious threats to our 200-plus year effort at establishing and sustaining a democracy.  We see that the central and state governments are being pushed and shoved around by the special interests that receive their marching orders from...

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Eva J. Blake

Dec. 13, 1921 – Oct. 4, 2017 Eva J. Blake passed away on Oct. 4, 2017. Blake was born in Pond Creek, Okla., on Dec. 13, 1921. She married Homer E. Blake in Long Beach, Calif., in 1947. They moved to Keizer in 1975. The couple had five children, three boys and two girls, named Dan, Sherri, Jeanie, Lon and Dean. She was a longtime bookkeeper for St. Edward Catholic Church and enjoyed knitting in her spare time. Interment was at Claggett Creek...

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