Author: Lyndon Zaitz

A razor and an iron

By LYNDON ZAITZ I come from a customer service background, primarily in food and beverage. Restaurant companies are serious when it comes to not only the cleanliness of their shops but also a clean, presentable staff. Companies in the 1970s and 1980s had dress and grooming guidelines. If you wanted a job you wore the uniform or you cut your hair or you covered your tattoos. A number of high profile court cases put the scotch on such rules. And it shows these days. Far from a crotchedy ol’ man, I find myself railing (in my mind) against the standards so many businesses seem to have adopted these days when it comes to how they allow their employees to appear. Back in the 1960s parents and older people wanted to chase after and cut the ‘hippie’ hair of kids. Meh…hair styles come and go. I find I want to chase after employees with a razor. I think to myself: commit to a beard fully or drop the whole thing and shave. The employee with a quarter inch, spotty beard, is a not a paragon of fashion or hipness in my book. Not every person who can grow some hair on their face should have a beard; mostly it just looks unkempt and sends a message that they don’t much care about personal grooming. I also find myself wanting to...

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What would I do?

By LYNDON ZAITZ Most people would like to think of themselves as the type of person who come to the aid of the fellow man, even step into harm’s way, if necessary. On Friday, May 26, on a MAX train at the Hollywood Transit Center in Portland, three men—strangers to each other— fell victims to their own good intentions. The three men confronted a man who was verbally abusing two teenage girls, one of whom was wearing a hijab. Ricky John Best, 53, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai Meche, 23, were killed. Micah David-Cole Fletcher, 21, was injured. These men...

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Matching goods to needs

At a time of expected cuts in social service spending by governments on every level due to budgetary constraints, the public—in some cases—can find quicker and more efficient results by turning to each other. That is what the Community Resource Network is doing in Marion County. The network is part of the county’s Community Services Department. It is a web-based network that connects resources to unmet needs through information sharing. It is not a bureaucracy, it is people helping people. An example cited by Tamra Goettsch, director of the Community Services Department, is about a goat. A young girl...

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Nothing eclipses festival

Keizer’s biggest community event kicks off Thursday night at the Keizerfest tent at the Lions Club on Cherry Avenue. Total Eclipse of the Heart, the 2017 Keizer Iris Festival is officially held all month long in May, but the big events started last weekend and continue through Sunday, May 21. This year’s theme was chosen to mark the total solar eclipse that will be visible in Keizer on Aug. 21. The public is invited to many festival activities, and there is something for everyone. The kick-off party is Thursday in the Keizerfest tent starting at 5 p.m. Cost is...

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Why McNary Kloset matters

McNary Kloset was unveiled at McNary High School last week to much fanfare. The Kloset is open and serving students who are in need. The project came from the collective minds of Audrey Butler and Stephanie Wittman of the Keizer Network of Women (KNOW) a Keizer Chamber Foundation group along with counselor Kim Pittsley and assistant principal Rhonda Rhodes at McNary. Ms. Butler intended to donate some unused clothing to a consignment shop but she said something told her to call the school before proceeding. She asked the school if there was a need for clothing and found there...

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