Author: Lyndon Zaitz

Budgetary frustrations

Keizer’s government is getting ready for budget committee meetings that will commence next month. The budget committee, comprised of all seven city councilors and seven citizens, will discuss and debate the budget as presented by the city manager and the finance director. After a series of public meetings the committee will vote on the budget recommendations they will forward to the city council for final approval in June. Every year in recent times, the city’s budget has resulted in frustration all around from committee members to councilors to residents. By its very nature a budget will disappoint people—pet projects...

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All share burden to get college-bound students scholarship info

This time of year high school seniors are rushing to fill out and submit applications for college scholarships. Each June McNary High School releases the names of all the students who have received scholarships. It is overwhelming to see the number of scholarships that are awarded each year. Some students are recipients of more than one scholarship, and good for them, they worked to maintain the grades needed to get a scholarship, plus they or someone they know were aware of where to look for scholarship money. There is always more money on the table to ask for. Some...

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Why this newspaper is in your mailbox

Once each year—in March—we here at the Keizertimes decide to mail an issue to every house in the city. We do it so residents who make this city their home can see there is a source for the news and information that is important to them. What you see in this March 10 issue is a bit bigger than a regular weekly edition of the Keizertimes, but the content is the same and that is why it is important to show those who don’t read the Keizertimes on a regular basis. With the nation and the political discourse wracked...

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A day of lemons

On Saturday, May 20, Keizer and Salem, for the fourth time, turn its attention to hundreds of elementary and middle school students who will become little businesspeople for the day. Lemonade Day, born in Houston, is a project that helps kids understand about how to create and run a business. Hundreds of lemonade stands will be stationed throughout the two cities. The kids, either individually or with a team, will have created a lemonade recipe, designed and sited a stand and attracted small investors who will give money to these budding entrepreneurs. Lemonade Day is not a frivolous day...

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Full speed ahead on bond

Salem-Keizer School District’s Long Range Facilities Planning Task Force held its final meeting last month and some decisions have to be made. The school board will have to decide if it will pursue a bond that pays for all the projects identified. That could be up to $550 million and it would not include any new schools. Under the task force’s work, Keizer families can be confident that the city will remain a one-high school town. But issues of crowding desparately need to be addressed at McNary High School and other district schools. McNary and other schools use portable...

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