Author: Lyndon Zaitz

There is no single solution

After a mass shooting there are the inevitable calls for stricter gun control laws or the banning of assault weapons. Some say that such demands are made for political gain. Still others say that the immediate aftermath of a mass shooting is no time to talk politics, but to mourn,[Read More…]

Egregious budget deal

“A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money. “ That’s a quote attributed to long-ago U.S. Senator Everett Dirksen (which he probably never said). The quote—real or not—was about the federal budget in the 1960s. Back then a budget deficit of $5 billion would[Read More…]


As Americans take to the road this summer they will drive through large cities and small towns. Just about every burg they visit will have one thing in common: identifying banners lining the main street. We have called for banners along River Road for years and now we renew that[Read More…]

We went to the moon

Human beings once trod the moon. The first time man stepped foot on the lunar surface was 50 years tomorrow (July 20, 1969). Apollo 11, a marvel of mankind’s scientific reach, was followed by six successful moon landings. Man last walked on the moon in 1972. Our gaze turned elsewhere[Read More…]

Accessing private information

Personal privacy is a triggering issue for most Americans. They don’t want the government, business or people they don’t know to go rooting around their lives. The privacy issue takes on a different face when it comes to a loved one, especially when technology, such as cellphones and computers, is[Read More…]

One party rule

How one responds to the Republican state senators hightailing it out of the capital to deny a quorum during the debate and vote for the cap and trade bill likely depends on one’s ideological bent. The right cheered on the maneuver; the left disparaged the move. To deny ruling Democrats[Read More…]

School’s out! Or is it?

Some of the best learning is done when we don’t think we’re learning. Kids think that all education must cease for the summer—June through August is for fun and frolicking. Experienced parents know the truth. When a human is in their teenage years, every day is a time for learning[Read More…]

Pull the plug

The last of the meetings for stakeholders regarding the Keizer Revitalization Plan along Keizer’s main thoroughfare was held this week. The plan will provide a vision for revitalization of one of Keizer’s major commercial areas: River Road and Cherry Avenue. The plan, which will incorporate recommendations to the city council[Read More…]

Too many visitors?

There have been reports that some of the world’s important historical and tourist spots are being overwhelmed by visitors. The globe’s burgeoning middle class has discovered its wings and has joined First World tourists to cram such draws as Machu Picchu in Peru and Venice, Italy.  Machu Picchu, the ancient[Read More…]

A leader from start to finish

Another tree in the forest of Keizer leaders has fallen—Dennis Koho passed away this week. The former mayor and city councilor was still active until the day he died; he was preparing for a small role in a theatrical production this summer. Like most good leaders, Koho had many fans[Read More…]