Author: Admin

Make Keizer an inclusive community

To the Editor: This is a letter that was sent to Mayor Cathy Clark,who read it before the whole council: Dear Mayor Cathy Clark, Previously, we came before the City Council with a goal to make sure Keizer is a safe, welcoming, and inclusive city and for the Council to consider creating an Inclusivity Resolution for Keizer. We expressed concerns and you asked that we think of some actions that could be taken. Thank you for your considerations, listening so far, and for your support and suggestion in including us in these discussions and actions. At this time, we feel that having an Inclusivity Resolution is a foundational action we need to take in order to ensure our goal. We could help create a group or task force, so that we can work together with you and the city council to create a Resolution and future actions that embody inclusivity. The work group or task force would ideally include city council and community members. It would be a diverse membership that reflects Keizer’s population, and include representatives from community groups like Mano a Mano, NAACP, Causa; the LGBTQI+ community; education and religious leaders; and members from the Keizer Police and Fire District. We’d collaborate to form a resolution and ongoing future actions related to our goal. We feel that an Inclusivity Resolution is essential for Keizer for the following...

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Does it matter what Bernie Sanders thinks?

By MICHAEL GERSON It is apparently not enough for some of the liberal minded to help those on Medicare and Social Security; now people must be guaranteed eligibility for heaven as well. Or at least be protected from those who believe in the other place. At a contentious confirmation hearing last week for Russell Vought as deputy director of the Office of Management and Budget—generally not known as an institution with theological job requirements—Sen. Bernie Sanders took vigorous exception to an online post Vought had written claiming that Muslims (and, presumably, others) who “have rejected Jesus Christ” therefore “stand condemned.” Sanders found this “indefensible” and “hateful.” But at least when it comes to a belief in hell, Vought is hardly a rarity. Universalism is not universal. According to recent Pew polling, about 80 percent of evangelical Protestants believe in hell, along with 76 percent of Muslims and 63 percent of Catholics. Even 27 percent of those who identify as “nones”—the religiously unaffiliated—retain a belief in hell. And then there is that forlorn 1 percent who don’t believe in God at all but still believe in hell. Perhaps they are with Jean-Paul Sartre: “Hell is other people.” Not every religious tradition features eternal damnation. The Hebrew Scriptures have only the faintest hints about an afterlife of any kind. So it makes sense that Jews reject the existence of hell by...

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Russia inquiry a bit of history repeating

By DEBRA SAUNDERS If you watched the testimony of former FBI chief James Comey before the Senate Intelligence Committee, you heard Democratic senators refer to Russian attempts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election as a “hostile” act by a “hostile” government, an affront, their tone suggested, heretofore unknown in American politics. Yet two decades earlier, a Senate committee investigated Chinese attempts to interfere with the 1996 presidential election. In his opening statement, Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn., chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, warned of a plan “hatched by the Chinese government” designed to “pour illegal contributions” into U.S. election campaigns. A key beneficiary was President Bill Clinton. It was a big story that seems hauntingly familiar to the Russia probe. In 1997, The Washington Post’s Bob Woodward reported that a Justice Department “investigation has established that the plan was launched in 1995 as a relatively benign congressional lobbying activity, but became an effort whose goal was to illegally funnel money into political campaigns. Approved at the highest levels of the Beijing government, the plan was placed under the control of the Chinese Ministry of State Security, Beijing’s equivalent of the CIA. “Thus far, however, federal investigators have been unable to discover a direct link between money from Beijing and the Democratic National Committee or the Clinton re-election campaign.” The Thompson committee held 32 days of hearings, interviewed...

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Teen charged with stalking after breaking windows

A 17-year-old was charged with stalking a business after shattering windows at Keizer Sub Shop twice in May. About 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 31, Keizer police officers responded to the business at 4490 River Road North on the report of a gun being fired at the windows. The suspect then fled the scene. Officers arrived and determined that it was unlikely a gun was used, but another officer found the suspect nearby on Cherry Avenue Northeast. He was detained and taken to the scene where he was identified as the culprit. He had also previously victimized the business...

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Backlash builds against Griffin

By DEBRA SAUNDERS By mid-week last week, comedian Kathy Griffin had apologized for posing for a photo with what looked like the blood-soaked decapitated head of President Donald Trump. “I went too far,” she said in a contrite follow-up video. “I sincerely apologize.” But it was too late. Squatty Potty CEO Bobby Edwards announced that it was suspending an ad campaign featuring Griffin as the Utah-based bathroom-stool company saw the stunt as “deeply inappropriate” and “contrary to the core values our company stands for.” CNN also announced it was terminating Griffin’s appearance on its New Year’s show, after earlier criticizing the photos as “disgusting and offensive.” Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., still planned to appear with Griffin on a tour to promote his new book, Al Franken: Giant of the Senate. Franken called the photo shoot “a horrible mistake,” but said “she did the right thing asking for forgiveness.” The question is: What ever made Griffin and photographer Tyler Shields think that it was acceptable, or even funny, for Griffin to pose as an Islamic State terrorist would, holding what looked to be the hacked-off head of a U.S. president? It is clear that the photo—posted earlier on TMZ—was not a spontaneous gaffe. Griffin and Shields produced a video about the production in which Griffin joked, “We have to go to Mexico. Because we’re going to prison, federal prison.” Radio...

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