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What if a band-aid cost $345?

By DON VOWELL Donald Trump doesn’t even care that I can’t afford a massive dose of Viagra.  I don’t really know that but it looks like the most reliable way to get his attention is to publicly insult him.  He invariably takes the bait and nothing is more public than this newspaper. One symptom of pulmonary fibrosis is pulmonary hypertension.  Fibrosis constricts your arteries and makes your heart work harder to pump blood through your lungs. You don’t want that for your lungs or your heart. The currently favored drug to open the arteries in your lungs, or any body part that might work better with increased blood flow, is Viagra.  My pulmonologist actually said a “massive dose of Viagra,” and then prescribed it. We live in a world today where no one has the sense to be embarrassed about anything so I figured it was alright if I showed up at the local pharmacy to pick up a massive dose of Viagra, despite some anxiety about advertised possible side effects.  I wore my portable oxygen generator so they could easily understand my legitimate G-rated need for this drug. At a dosage of three a day, my month’s supply was priced at $1,639.  I was just as unwilling as my insurance company to pay for the Viagra benefits as touted in television ads.  I tearfully explained that I was...

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Is US condemned to repeat history?

By GENE H. McINTYRE Americans not now interested in Russia may want to reconsider that indifference. After all, while Russia may no longer export internationally, it hasn’t stopped trying to involve itself in the internal affairs of other countries, namely, for one salient example, the U.S.A. An essay, titled What Ever Happened to the Russian Revolution, by American writer Ian Frazier, that appeared in the October issue of Smithsonian, brings much light to those in search of understanding Russia, a nation most often nowadays depicted here as an arch enemy.  One notice that heralds our attention is that the Russian Revolution marks its centennial this year. Before that landmark year, 1917, Russia experienced for a hundred years, great disorder mixed with a whole lot of political violence. Its considerable contributions to literature previously became a backdrop to revolution unlike the world had ever seen.  Frazier commented in his article that “today, a hundred years afterward, we still don’t know what to make of that huge event” while the Russian people themselves, he says, “aren’t too sure about its significance.” Of course, the Russian Revolution took time to complete and, while underway in momentous happenings, for a long time prior to actualization, required most of a year to bring to the Bolshevik foundation of a new order.  There had been drastic failures in trying to deal with the people who worked the land, the shortcomings of an inept autocracy to address an exploding industrial society, the...

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Rotary to plant 76 trees at park

The Rotary Club of Keizer will join Rotary International to make a difference in the environmental sustainability by planting enough trees to create an arboretum at Keizer Rapids Park. Each club is expected to plant a tree for each of its members before Earth Day, April 22, 2018. Members of the Keizer club, along with volunteers from local organizations,  will plant 76 trees on Saturday, Nov. 4. The type of trees planted will be suggested by the city of Keizer. Planting will begin at 9 a.m. and should be completed by noon. Pre-dug holes will be prepared by local...

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Corporate Coffee at CASA this Thursday

Corporate Coffee of Oregon will hold a morning meeting on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at CASA’s office at 3530 River Rd. N. in Keizer.   The topic is They Are Our Kids! led by Shaney Starr, executive director of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Marion County. The event is co-sponsored by Compass Rose Consulting, Doty Pruett Wilson CPAs and US Bank.   RSVP by Friday, Oct. 13 to...

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Consultant: Proactive social media plan yields best results for biz

By ERIC A. HOWALD Of the Keizertimes Jeremy Turner’s message to local businesses using social media at the Keizer Chamber Luncheon Tuesday, Oct. 10, was relatively simple even though it can seem like a Herculean task: have a plan. “Social media is done reactively and it needs to be proactive. It doesn’t mean you have to be online three hours a day, you have to know when your audience is online,” Turner said. Turner is a social media consultant and owner of J Turner Solutions. Fortunately, he added, many of the social media platforms provide the tools to target...

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