Author: Admin

Rollover attributed to ‘mutual road rage’

A rollover crash on Keizer Station Boulevard involving a 17-year-old Keizer Police Department (KPD) cadet and a 29-year-old man is being attributed to road rage after an investigation by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO). About 6:50 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 14, Keizer police and the Keizer Fire District were dispatched to a crash involving two vehicles near the intersection of Lockhaven Drive Northeast and Keizer Station Boulevard Northeast. One of the vehicles flipped and came to a rest on its top on the roadway while the other involved vehicle left the scene immediately after the crash occurred. Responding officers...

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A representative for all?

To the Editor: Seriously?  Our state representative, Bill Post, is back on the air and this time on the crazy station—opening act for the likes of Hair Club model Sean Hannity and Alex Jones. I get it; I understand the allure of minor celebrity—been there, done that (for 25 years), but legislators are supposed to be serious people who represent the whole of the district, not just the easily fooled fringes. If Mr. Post wants a career in fake news, fine, it’s a free country and I don’t have to listen to him.  But I hear he’s also filed for reelection and that is troubling.  I suggest he either rein in his ego and look for a grown up job or abandon the reelection bid.  There are serious people out there in both parties who would be happy to vie for the Post post. Martin Doerfler...

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Ask legislators to help opioid crisis

To the Editor: According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, the leading cause of accidental death in 2015 was drug overdose. The life toll from the drug epidemic has been consistently growing over the past couple of years with opiate addiction and overdose being one of the lead causes.  Each year, more people use drugs for the first time and wind up addicted. Right now, the highest number of opiate overdoses are in the Northeast. The problem originally started with heroin as the main contributor however newer drugs have begun to escalate the problem. Fentanyl has begun to be mixed into heroin with devastating consequences. This combination is so potent there have been fatal overdoses of non-users who merely got the substance on their skin.  Now more than ever, those in our country who are struggling with substance abuse need help getting into a heroin addiction rehab. According to the Center for Disease Control or CDC, drug overdose deaths have increased more than 2.5 times compared to what they were in 1999. In fact, according to a study by experts at 10 universities, the problem can get much worse. At this point, the best-case scenario would be overdose deaths peaking in 2020 before going down and that would require government support.  Please write your local officials and senators to begin taking action to combat the opiate epidemic and steer us away from...

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Crossing the Columbia River

To the Editor: Presently, there isn’t enough money available to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge in the manner currently envisioned. But there still might be a way to build the badly needed replacement by constructing a new crossing in stages. Phase one:  Build a northbound span.  Include an emergency access lane. Phase two:  Open the new northbound span and convert the existing steel bridge to southbound only traffic. This change will immediately cut the traffic flow over the old bridge by one half which will greatly extend the life of the bridge. Provide for emergency access. Phase three:  Construct a new southbound span when future funding becomes available.  Include an emergency access lane. Phase four:  In time, dismantle and remove the existing and worn steel bridge.  Or adapt it to accommodate light rail to create an experimental light rail link between Portland and Vancouver. By building the new crossing in stages it may be easier to align existing and new roadways and lanes which will minimize the need for right-of-way purchases. Designers and planners will argue that there is no project engineering economy by having to mobilize for construction more than once and in an ideal situation this would be correct. But realistically, there may be no alternative to constructing the project in phases. There simply isn’t enough money available to build a complete replacement all in one step....

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