Day: February 15, 2018

Trump should forgo military parade

By Gene H. McIntyre On July 14, 2017, President Donald Trump was in Paris on Bastille Day to join French President Emmanuel Macron on his reviewing podium to observe representations of that country’s military might.  We Americans learned that Trump was deeply impressed and wants a similar military parade here on July 4 of this year. Bastille Day honors the thousands of Parisians who struck back against a monumentally corrupt Louis XVI, his family and friends after years of having their fellow Parisians thrown into a cesspool of a place whose name was the Bastille where they typically were beaten and tortured for transgressions such as stealing a loaf of bread. French men and women were fed up with their treatment and turned to revolution, including the beheading of their king and members of his court. We’ve now got tens of thousands of Americans whose financial and general economic circumstances are so bad their living conditions have come to homelessness while thousands of others have mainly lost everything, including health care for themselves and their children, about whom a threat continues that every final safety net will be taken away and the last hope of avoiding destitution will be lost. Although discontent represents a common view among these and other Americans, a full-blown revolution here appears unlikely now, but not unthinkable. Regardless of numbers of Americans living wherever, President Trump wants a big military parade estimated to cost in the seven figures, delivered by U.S. armed forces in Washington,. This writer likes the idea of a parade but not one that glorifies...

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Their words still resonate

Millions of Americans will have a holiday on Monday, Feb. 19, known as President’s Day—to honor both Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. They and millions of their fellow American residents will use that day to sleep in, enjoy a hobby or go shopping. As with any holiday that honors a person, we hope that at least a bit of time is spent to think about Lincoln and Washington, specially, what they said. Lincoln was our most quotable president; what he said resonates to this day. Some of his nuggets: “Whatever you are, be a good one.” “Government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.” “Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?” Our first president, George Washington, had his own set of quotes that live on through the ages and are as relevant today as in the 18th century: “To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” “If the freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we may be led, like sheep to the slaughter.” “Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.” The world is a different place than it was 200 years ago. People are the same, as they have been through millenia. The lessons of our forebears ring true in...

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Yet another conversation

Here we go again. A community conversation, co-sponsored by the Keizer Chamber of Commerce and the city’s Community Development Department, will be Wednesday, Feb. 28 to discuss the future of River Road. We’ve been here before. The last time was the River Road Renaissance Advisory Committee in 2012, led by a high-priced consulting firm out of Portland. What came out of that endeavor was the creation of five districts along River Road. From that came a short-lived project of beautification, adding meandering sidewalks, bioswales and native plants. Unfortunately, the Renaissance Project was stopped short when the Urban Renewal District funds were used to pay off construction overruns of Keizer Civic Center and making up for shortfalls at Keizer Station. The 43-page report from the initial River Road Renaissance discussions haven’t been sitting on a shelf for six years. The report gets perused from time to time. It is one of two reports about Keizer that gather more dust than attention. The other is the Keizer Compass report, a community project that set out to design what the city should look like in the 2020s. Yet, here we are, getting ready for another discussion about River Road. If you are talking about something you can say you’re doing something. Not in our book. Talk is cheap, we’ve talked and talked before. Let’s implement. We urge the facilitators of the upcoming...

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