Opinion

Who we are

We admit it. The Keizertimes has an agenda. It is called a people agenda. We cover the news—good and bad—happening within the seven square miles that is the city of Keizer. Most of our news revolves around people—leaders, both government and civic, students, athletes, business owners and average people, just[Read More…]

Thank you, Keizer!

To the Editor: On behalf of Keizer Community Food Bank, I want to thank the Keizer businesses and community donors for their financial support throughout 2018. Go-to friends have been Uptown Music, Tony’s Kingdom of Comics, France School of Dance, Art Impressions, Dollar Tree, Franz Bakery Keizer Elks, men and[Read More…]

Intrusive health methods more likely

By MICHAEL GERSON Another massive study has discovered no causal connection between the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine and autism. This time, the study’s cohort consisted of every child born in Denmark from 1999 through December 2010 — more than 650,000 children. The conclusion? “The study strongly supports that MMR[Read More…]

Money changes everything in politics

The Oregon Legislature is in session in Salem and we’ve learned that, due to members who practice sexual harassment, Oregon’s taxpayers must satisfy the grievances of those so harassed by $1.3 million. Not to be outdone, apparently, we now learn further that those days when then-Governor Tom McCall hailed Oregon’s ability[Read More…]

UGB: What do the farmers say?

The desire to expand Keizer’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) has captured the imagination of civic leaders and developers alike. Setting aside questions of the cost of infrastructure needed to turn land north of Keizer into residential neighborhoods or industrial/office parks, who is speaking for Marion County’s rich agricultural land?  Some of[Read More…]

Tap brakes on legislative agenda

History has taught that one party rule rarely works out well for the governed. Books are filled with stories about societies that have suffered under rule by one party or ideology. However, that flies in the face of the adage, “To the victor go the spoils.” The Democrats control Oregon’s governorship[Read More…]

No grand case against Trump shown

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS  At one point during his hours of testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Reform Wednesday, President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney and “fixer” Michael Cohen was asked what “breaking point” prompted him to split with Trump. “There were several factors,” Cohen responded. “Helsinki”—a reference[Read More…]

The ‘isms’ that define U.S. history

Americans enjoy debates. The first debate of consequence was whether the thirteen colonies, after the Revolutionary War, should come together as a whole or remain divided into 13 separate nations. The “ism” under debate was federalism, defined as a system based on democratic rules and institutions in which the power to govern[Read More…]

Four weeks in, major bills getting play

File As the fourth week of session comes to a close, cap and trade and rent control have proven to be the most controversial issues as of yet. The cap and trade bill (LC 894) was originally 98 pages and has now been turned into HB 2020, being 55 pages[Read More…]