Day: February 9, 2018

Friendships forged success for Keizer’s First Citizen

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes One weekend, about 15 years ago, Keizer’s newest First Citizen, Joe Egli, wanted to go to Costco and buy a play structure for his kids, Madi and Noah. However, he didn’t have a way to get it back to his house after making the purchase. Fortunately, one of his neighbors, Mike Kurtz, was an acquaintance through the Rotary Club of Keizer and he owned a pick-up truck. “I went over and asked him if I could borrow it to go buy the set, but Mike offered to drive me and then spent...

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Beard twins too legit to quit

By DEREK WILEY Of the Keizertimes Alex and Bella Beard tried to quit swimming once. It didn’t last. As 7-year-olds, wanting to be like their older sister, the Beard twins went to Holiday Swim Club. At their first practice, Bella swam one length of the pool, got out and quit. Alex made it about halfway before she figured out what her sister had done and followed. Their swimming career was over. Until the next summer when their dad gave them an ultimatum to give it another shot or enroll in swimming lessons. “We knew how to swim,” Bella said....

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Clark to seek third term

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark announced she will seek a third term as the elected  leader of the city in an interview with the Keizertimes Tuesday, Feb. 6. Clark, who has served two terms as mayor and four as a city councilor prior to that, said the city is still in a transitional period and more work needs to be done. “We’ve done a lot of really good things but some were starting to show some wear around the edges. The funding that we had was not meeting the needs for some time...

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Trump avoids killing State of Union buzz

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS There is a pattern to State of the Union addresses: The president declares the state of the nation is glowing; the opposition party reacts with skepticism; and then the two sides fight over which side won the night. With President Donald Trump there is an additional factor: Will he say or tweet something so outrageous that he kills the good buzz? In other words, will Twitter Trump step on teleprompter Trump? That the president gave a strong performance last week is clear. A CBS News poll found that 75 percent of viewers approved of the speech—and while supporters were more likely to watch the annual report to the nation than others, that margin is comfortably above the 46 percent of the popular vote Trump won in 2016 and suggests that many non-Trump voters liked the speech. It helped that Trump’s joint address to Congress focused, not on Trump, but Americans and their future. Ken Khachigian, who served as chief speechwriter to President Ronald Reagan, gave Trump high marks. The 80-minute speech, he said, was effective. Trump “put to use the oldest rule of communication, a picture is worth a thousand words.” Khachigian’s favorite moment was when North Korean defector Ji Seong-ho waved his crutches—made for him by his father after a young Ji passed out from hunger while stealing coal from a train. “The speech...

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Trump wing of GOP is firmly in charge

By MICHAEL GERSON According to House Speaker Paul Ryan, the declassified Devin Nunes memo—alleging FBI misconduct in the Russia investigation—is “not an indictment of the FBI, of the Department of Justice.” According to President Trump, the memo shows how leaders at the FBI “politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats” and “totally vindicates ‘Trump’ in probe.” Both men are deluded or deceptive. Releasing the memo —while suppressing a dissenting assessment from other members of the House Intelligence Committee—was clearly intended to demonstrate that the FBI is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Democratic Party. The effort ended in a pathetic fizzle. Nunes’ brief, amateurish document failed to demonstrate that FBI surveillance was triggered solely or mainly by a Democratic-funded dossier. But for cherry-picking above and beyond the call of duty, Nunes deserves his own exhibit in the hackery hall of fame. This was a true innovation: an intelligence product created and released for the consumption of Fox News. Trump’s eager publication of the memo was expected. Yet his action crossed a line: from criticism of the FBI to executive action designed to undermine an ongoing investigation. Trump seems to be testing the waters for direct action against the FBI by testing the limits of what his Republican followers will stomach. So far, there are no limits. With the blessing of Republican leaders, the lickspittle wing of the...

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