Author: Lyndon Zaitz

No crystal balls, no wishes

At the end of each year media outlets use news space to predict what will happen in the following 12 months or run a list of wished-for headlines in the coming year. In this space we don’t utilize crystal balls or predictions—they are nice parlor games—we prefer to look forward by relying on trends and the words of those who can affect the future. We will focus on what is happening rather than write about hoped for events. While we don’t do predictions we are confident in our desire to hear words that can help all live better lives—that...

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The promise

Few things hold such promise as the dawning of a new year. When the calendar turns to January 1, we shake off the old year and look to the new with a sense of optimism; all that we want to achieve in the next 12 months is as doable as any of the best laid plans. Schools, governments and business generally have their own new year without benefit of the calendar. The school year begins anew each September; governments operate on a fiscal year that start in July or October; and businesses can choose to begin their year whenver...

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Preparing students for work

It has been a few years since we first visited the Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) on Portland Road in north Salem. Initially, there was residential construction and welding classes only in the massive building. Now, hundreds of students from Salem-Keizer high schools are taking classes in manufacturing, engineering, cosmetology, auto body repair and painting, and—most stunning—drone technology, robotics and video and game design animation. These are classes that prepare our students for tomorrow’s jobs. Salem’s CTEC is the first public-private partnership of its kind. Dozens of tours each month show off the center to educators from around...

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Keep the net neutral

The Federal Communications Commission is on track to end neutrality on the world wide web in December. The public needs to rise up, contact their Congressional representatives and demand that net neutrality be maintained. Net neutrality may be a term that technical folks understand; the term itself is not Average Joe friendly. What is it? Why does it matter? Net neutrality is the principle that internet service providers must treat all data on the the same, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication For instance, under...

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For my holiday tradition I’ll say Christmas

By LYNDON ZAITZ We’re in that traditional transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas and other December holidays. On the fourth Thursday of November, many of us gather around a dinner table and solemnly say what  we are personally thankful for: good health, a job, a family, the new Taylor Swift CD and so forth. Then, on the day after, Black Friday and onward through Dec. 24, the focus is on what we want, not what we have. Wish lists are written and rewritten. Our Christmas would be great if only someone would give us the newest widget or the shiniest...

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