Who wants to be a pirate? Ask HBO Max

Stede Bonnet (Rhys Darby, center) and others in Our Flag Means Death. We have a tendency to heavily romanticize the Golden Age of Piracy, and this is not a new phenomenon by any means.  For proof of this, look no further than Stede Bonnet, the gentleman pirate and contemporary of[Read More…]

Disappointed by editorial

To the Editor: Constituents of the greater Salem-Keizer area drew attention to the dog whistle that is “The Reawaken American Tour,” during the March 21st Keizer City Council Meeting. Hannah Shooting Bear drew the most direct connection between the rhetoric and ideology of the tour, with its roots in our[Read More…]

Rally can’t be stopped

The Reawaken America Tour, scheduled to be held at Volcanoes Stadium in early April has caused an uproar in some quarters of Keizer. An hour of this week’s city council meeting was taken up by citizens addressing either their support or opposition to the gathering. Scheduled to come to Keizer[Read More…]

The Adam Project doesn’t make a lot of sense

Ryan Reynolds, Mark Ruffalo and Walker Scobell in The Adam Project. More is not always better, especially when it comes to movies. Bruce the Jaws shark looks fake? Show him to the audience less. Your protagonist is going through some heartbreak? Show that on their face—don’t have them say “Hey,[Read More…]


Mayor Cathy Clark has been delivering her annual State of the City speech before various Keizer groups this month, culminating with an address before the Keizer Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, March 15.  The theme of her address was that though Keizer has faced challenges over the past year, the[Read More…]

The Batman is a fantastic watch

Robert Pattinson dons the cape in The Batman. When the Comics Code Authority was established in the 1950s to appease those who thought the funny books were corrupting the minds of children with questionable themes, inherently dark characters like Batman entered an era of lighthearted camp. It was not until[Read More…]

What happens in Ukraine should matter to all of us

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is the largest military action in Europe since World War II. Though Kyiv is almost 6,000 miles from Oregon, what is happening there is a concern for what may come next. Pundits try to understand what Vladimir Putin’s goal is. He is concerned about NATO encroaching[Read More…]

Hold the line just a bit longer

Mask mandates in Oregon are expected to be lifted by March 31, if not sooner. That is welcome news to everyone, especially students and their parents, who have been vocal about those requirements. Oregonians have a month yet to adhere to the mandates that have done so much to keep[Read More…]

Marry Me lacks rom-com originality

Most boy-meets-girl rom-coms follow the same basic structure: two people meet, slowly fall in love, have a misunderstanding that forces them apart, and then get back together at the end just in time for the credits. It’s a tried-and-true formula that has been shown to work over and over again,[Read More…]