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Day: December 11, 2015

Silver Bells for holiday parade

The McNary High School Marching Band performs in the 2014 Festival of Lights Holiday Parade. The band will be in this year's parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)
The McNary High School Marching Band performs in the 2014 Festival of Lights Holiday Parade. The band will be in this year’s parade, which starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12. (KEIZERTIMES file/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

The weather outside might have been frightful this week, but on Saturday night there’s something delightful.

It’s the second Saturday of December, which means it’s time for the Festival of Lights Holiday Parade in Keizer.

This is a milestone year for the parade, which is pretty strongly hinted at with this year’s theme: Silver Bells.

Indeed, this is the 25th anniversary of the annual night parade, which started in Salem and moved to Keizer in 2011.

Per usual, the parade starts at the corner of River Road and Lockhaven Drive at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 and heads south along River Road. The parade disbands at Glynbrook Street, with some entries heading to the Skyline Ford lot further south for the After Glow party.

Bud Pierce, a longtime medical cancer doctor in Salem and an early entrant in the 2016 race for Oregon governor, is serving as the parade’s grand marshal, which has caused angst among some.

Pierce expressed surprise at being named grand marshal.

“It’s a great honor,” Pierce told the Keizertimes last week. “It’s a once in a lifetime honor. It’s a surprise. I’m happy to have the chance to do it. I don’t know why I got the honor. I was very surprised to get the call. They asked if I wanted to do it, I said that would be great. You try to work hard and be a good citizen. This was completely unexpected.”

The day’s events aren’t just limited to the parade. A Glow-On party, a new addition last year, returns this year at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of Columbia Bank at 4260 River Road, where River Road and Manbrin Street meet.

Also at 3 p.m., runners can start signing up for the Glow Run, a 5K race that starts at the bank at 6 p.m. and goes until 7. Because of those events, vehicles will only be allowed to cross River Road at Chemawa Road. Manbrin and Dearborn Avenue, which were periodically opened to vehicle traffic in the past, will be closed to vehicles this year.

“We focused on doing the runs a bit differently this year,” parade CEO Cheryl Mitchell said. “We wanted to have more of a glow effect, so we changed the glow logo and the run name. All of the pre-parade activities will be at the bank. Those in the run will have special seating in the bank parking lot to watch the parade.”

Everyone who signs up for the run will get a flashing Santa hat and a clip-on safety light.

Two other new additions from last year are being carried over this year. The $500 cash prize for the Grand Sweepstakes award winner – which went to May Trucking a year ago – is back, as is the After Glow Celebration in the Skyline Ford parking lot at 3555 River Road N.

With the parade starting at 7 p.m., the After Glow Celebration should get going around 8:30. Keeping with the glowing theme, Mitchell is encouraging parade goers to dress in glow-in-the-dark attire. In case you need any, a vendor will be on hand selling such items.

There were some complaints after last year’s parade from those at the end of the route, saying the parade ended early. Mitchell said that wasn’t the case, but steps have been taken anyway to clarify the issue. New signs are up this year and were expected to be in place by Dec. 10.

Parade organizers estimate that around 80,000 people fill River Road each year to catch a glimpse of the parade.

River Road is expected to start reopening for traffic around 9 p.m. as the parade continues southbound through the city.

Police are asking for sidewalks along River Road to be kept clear of chairs until the parade starts so that disabled citizens can travel on the sidewalks.

For more information on the parade, visit www.folholidayparade.org or see the Keizertimes’ holiday guide.

Demographics

Population: 37,303

Households: 13,703

Age
7.1% are under 5 years old
22.7% are under 19 years old
38.2% are 30 to 54 years old
6.6% are 70 years old and over

Race
Caucasian: 79.9%
Hispanic: 15.8%
Other: 4.3%

Education (Population 25 years and over)
High school graduate or higher: 84%
Bachelor’s Degree or higher: 27%

Employment
Private sector: 70.6%
Government sector: 23.9%
Self-employed: 5.4%

Median household income: $51,751

Population Growth

2014: 37,303
2013: 36,960
2012: 36,871
2011: 36,719
2010: 36,478
2006: 34,880
2005: 34,735
2004: 34,340
2003: 34,010
2002: 32,714
2001: 31,835
2000: 31,035
1999: 30,260
1998: 29,235
1997: 28,340
1996: 27,692
1995: 26,320

Entertainment & Recreational Links

City Council

Mayor – Term Expires Jan. 2017
Cathy Clark
503-932-1731
email:[email protected]

City Councilor, Position #1 – Term Expires Jan. 2017
Dennis Koho
503-871-1220
email: [email protected]

City Councilor, Position #2 – Term Expires Jan. 2017
Kim Freeman
503-510-3432
email: [email protected]

City Councilor, Position #3 – Term Expires Jan. 2017
Marlene Parsons
503-510-1706
email: [email protected]

City Councilor, Position #4 – Term Expires Jan. 2019
Roland Herrera
503-779-9512
email: [email protected]

City Councilor, Position #5 – Term Expires Jan. 2019
Amy Ryan
ph: 503-999-6972
email: [email protected]

City Councilor, Position #6 – Term Expires Jan. 2019
Brandon Smith
971-218-7102
email: [email protected]

Keizer Club Directory

Local clubs meet on the following days each month in the Keizer area, unless rescheduled due to holidays or special activities.


AA – Alcoholics Anonymous

8:00 am, Sundays at the Senior Center, 930 Plymouth Dr.. NE.
7:30 pm, Thursdays at John Knox Church, 452 Cummings Lane N.
8:30 am Saturdays, 8am and 9:30am, Sundays at in the meeting room at Keizer Senior Center, 930 Plymouth Dr. NE, Keizer..
7:00 pm, Every second Saturday of every month, at Faith Lutheran Church, River Rd / Cummings (child care provided).

ACTS – The Alcohol Chemical Treatment Series
Support group, meets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Truth Tabernacle, 3795 Pleasantview Drive, Keizer. Call 393-1352 for information.

AL-ANON
Wednesdays at Salem Mennonite Church, 1045 Candlewood Dr. N.E.

American Legion – Keizer Post 17
Meets 3rd Tuesdays, 11 am -1 pm, at Town and Country Lanes. 503.569-3182.

AV – Alcoholics Victorious
Meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, First Church of the Nazarene, 1550 Market St. NE. Child care for under 5. For information, call Eileen 362-4355.

BibleLight Home Fellowship
Family friendly worship and thru-the-Bible study every Friday at 6:15pm for the Salem/Keizer area. Contact Pastor Chad Rudolph for directions: [email protected], https://www.facebook.com/chad.rudolph.58 or 509-850-9311 (text or voice).

Boy Scout Troop 105
We meet every Thursday 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Edwards Catholic Church, 5303 River Rd. N. Boy Scouts are for boys in grades 6-12 and ages 11-18. Come see what Scouting is all about! For more information please contact
Kelly at 503 585-1189 or [email protected]

Boy Scout Troop 121
Meets 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at Keizer Lions Hall, 4100 Cherry Ave. N.E. Jill Robles, 503-390-4353.

CANCER- Mid-Valley Cancer Care Community
Mid-Valley Cancer Care Community is a non-profit organization that offers classes, workshops, support groups, and complimentary therapies such as Massage Therapy, Yoga, and Qigong to people and their family living with Cancer. All services and programs are available regardless of ability to pay. 880 Winter Street, Salem. 503-391-4417

CHILD CARE- Salem Home Child Care Assoc.
This provider support group Meetings start at 7:00 P.M. on the second Monday of every month at the South Salem AFS building, 1185 22nd Street SE Salem, OR 97302. All child care providers are welcome. For more info, call Jackie Young, 463-8106.

CIVIL WAR – Daughters of the Union Veterans
Meets at Denny’s 10 a.m., every third Sat., Hawthorne & Ryan off Mission. For info, call 393-6450.

COMM. BIBLE STUDY
An interdenominational bible study for women. Thurs, 9:15-11:15am at Dayspring Fellowship. Children’s Program: 6 wks. – 5th Grade. Home schoolers welcome. Call Denise at 503-856-1786 or go to www.communitybiblestudy.org for more info.

CUB SCOUTS – PACK 41
Pack 41, Meet fourth Thursday atGubser Elementary School at 6:30pm. All Visitors Welcome.

CUB SCOUTS – PACK 105
We meet every Thursday, 7:00-8:15 pm at St. Edwards Catholic Church, 5303 River Rd. N. Cub Scouts are for boys in grades 1-5. Come join the FUN!! For more information please contact Kelly at 503 585-1189 or [email protected]

DAR – Daughters of the American Revolution
ANNA MARIA PITTMAN CHAPTER of Keizer
meets on the 3rd Wednesday of the month, September through May, at the John Knox Presbyterian Church. We actively seek women who are interested in joining our group. If you are interested in joining DAR, and think you can trace your lineage directly back to an ancestor who was involved in supporting the American Revolution, we would be happy to help you with the research and the application process. If you would like more information, please call Corale Goesch, Regent, at 503-393-3971, or Ruby Pantalone, Registrar, at 503-393-8334.

CHEMEKETA CHAPTER meets 2nd Saturday of each month at Scottish Rite Masonic Center at 4090 Commercial St. SE in Salem. Social at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m. Lunch available ($7). Contact 503-585-4518. ANNA MARIA PITTMAN CHAPTER meets the Third Wednesday of each month, September thru May at the John Knox Presbyterian Church, 452 Cummings Lane, N Keizer. Social at 9:30 am, Meeting at 10:00 am. Contact 503-399-2027.

 

ELKS
Keizer Elks Lodge No. 2472 holds lodge meetings at 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at 4250 Cherry Ave.

ELKS II
Ladies of Keizer Elks meet at 7 p.m., first Tuesday, at 4250 Cherry Ave. NE.

EXCHANGE CLUB
The Exchange Club of North Salem/Keizer meets at 4 p.m. . each Wednesday at the North Neighborhood Resource Center, 945 Columbia St NE. Call 503-856-7081.

FISHING – Salem Area Senior Fishing Buddies
Meets at 9 a.m. on the second Wednesday at SAS Center, 930 Plymouth Drive N.E.

GARDEN – Wilark Park Garden Club
Meets at 7 p.m., the fourth Tuesday of each month at Keizer Civic Center, Willamette Room, 930 Chemawa Road N., Keizer. Guests are welcome. For info call Bev – 503-390-3307 or Milli 503-390-4128.

GRANDPARENTS, Single Parents and Step-parents
Modern Grandparents meets at 10 a.m. the second Saturday, Dayspring Fellowship. Call 390-2237 for information.

GRANGE – Keizer Grange
Meets at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday, Grange Hall, 441 Chemawa Road N. Potluck open to the public; program at 7:30.

GREYSHEET – Meeting for Overeaters
11 a.m. to noon Saturdays, Salem Hospital Center for Outpatient Medicine, 665 Winter St. SE, Room C. For Information: 503-393-4608 (days), 503-873-2814 (eves). No cost.

HISTORY — The Willamette Valley Genealogical Society
Meets from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., second Saturday, at the Oregon State Library. Call George Cropsey, 503-364-9439, for more information..

KEIZER ART ASSOCIATION
Open Studio, any medium 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesdays. Fee $3 for non-members, free for members. Second floor of Keizer Heritage Center, 980 Chemawa Road N.E. Call 503-390-3010.

KEIZER KOMMUNICATORS
Keizer Kommunicators, a new Keizer Toastmasters Club, meets 7 to 8 p.m. at Keizer Civic Center on Wednesdays. For more information contact Christine Stimson at 503-559-9944 or email [email protected]

KEIZER RC ASSOCIATION
Meets at our flyingfield at 5:00 PM every third Monday in the months of June, July and August. Our annual club picnic will be there as well on Saturday, September 20. The flying field is located almost 1 mile north of Chemawa/Hazelgreen Rd. on the west side of Portland Rd. (just behind the old farm house). Members, guests and all interested parties are invited and encouraged to attend any and all functions. Meetings are held every month throughout the year. To confirm dates, locations and times, and for further information on other events and membership, call
(503) 463-0540.

KEIZER TENNIS ASSOCIATION
Meets the first Monday of each month at the McNary High School library at 6:30 p.m. The KTA’s mission is to provide tennis programming for children and adults and raise money for building and maintaining public tennis courts. Call 503-585-4819 for more information or log ontowww.keizertennisassociation.org.

KNITTING — Millstream Knitting Guild
Meets the 2nd Saturday every month, 10am–12pm, at Mission Mill Museum, 1313 Mill St. SE, Salem. All ages and skill levels welcome.

KOREA — Iron Triangle Chapter KWVA
Meets at 11:30 a.m., fourth Wednesday, at Canton Garden, 3225 Market St., Salem. Call Harold at 503-393-7599.

LEGION – American Legion Post 17
Meets on the third Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., at Porter’s Pub at 4820 River Road N. Call 503-390-0723 for information.

LIBRARY – Keizer Community Library
Keizer Community Library is open from 1 to 4 pm Tuesday through Friday and 10 am to 4 pm Saturday with preschool storytime at 9:30 am on Saturday. Keizer Heritage Center, 980 Chemawa Rd NE.

LIONS CLUB- The Keizer Lions Club
Meets at 7 p.m. the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at the Lions Hall, 4100 Cherry Ave. NE.For information, call (503) 390-1103 or (503) 393-3540.

MENTAL ILLNESS
Support group, meets at 7 p.m. Tuesdays at 2620 Greenway Drive NE, Salem, at the NAMI-Oregon Cottage. Call 1-800-343-6264 for information.

MOM AND TOTS BOWLING CLUB
Meets Monday’s between 11 am – 3 pm at Town and Country lanes. 3500 River Rd. Keizer 502-390-2221. www.tandcbowl.net

MOMS – The MOMS Club of North Salem/Keizer
We are an organization that is set up to provide support and activities for at-home mothers. We meet at 10:00 a.m. on the first Friday of every month. For information on meeting location and club activities call 503-315-1551, or e-mail [email protected]

NARFE – National Active & Retired Federal Employees
Chapter 136, meets the third Monday of each month at 11:30 a.m. Contact Carol Manka at 503-371-6352 for meeting location and speaker. All federal employees, retirees and their guests are encouraged to attend.

NICOTINE ANONYMOUS
Nicotine Anonymous, a 12-step program of recovery for anyone who has a desire to stop using nicotine, 6:00 to 7:00 PM on Mondays, at First Congregational Church, 700 Marion St NE, Salem, OR. Call 503-507-7949 for more information.

ROTARY – Keizer Rotary Club
Meets each Thursday, noon at Keizer Civic center (Iris Room). Rotarians and guests are welcome to attend.

Salem-Keizer Antiques Group
Meets every first and third Monday of the month at 6pm. Call 503-510-9137 for meeting place and topical information.

Salem-Keizer Newcomers Club
Luncheon meeting 11:30 a.m. first Thursday of each month and Get Acquainted coffee 10 a.m. third Thursday of each month, call for locations. Dues are $20 per year. For Salem Keizer residents of three years or less. Dedicated to helping women make friends and become acquainted with Salem and Keizers activities and events. Call 503-540-7815 or 503-390-1388.

Salem Women’s Military League
Salem Women’s Military League will meet the the second Tuesday of September, December, March, April and May at Old Europe Inn in Salem. Annual dues $15. Call 503-585-7489 or 503-623-1008. Open to any woman who is related to a commissioned or warrant office in the military.

SENIORS – Center 50+
Meet at 1 p.m. on the second Tuesday at the SAS Center, 2615 Portland Rd NE. The public is invited. Call 390-7441 for information.

SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
Mid-Valley Chapter: Descendants of Revolutionary War soldiers meet the 3rd Saturday each month (except July and August), 11:30 a.m., Sizzler Restaurant, 1151 Lancaster Dr NE. Salem, Contact: 503-363-5888.

SONS OF NORWAY – (Thor Lodge 42)
Meet on the 2nd Saturday every month, 7pm at Masonic Temple, Brush College Rd, West Salem. For more info call 503-930-3302.

SOROPTIMISTS
Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization for business and professional women. The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that is what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best. The Soroptimist club of Keizer is working to identify and address the needs of women and girls in our community. We are currently looking for dynamic new members who want to be involved and use their time and talents in the service of other women in need. For more info on Soroptimist’s programs and membership, contact Marty Thomson, 503-365-8435.

STROKES – Stroke Survivors and Caregivers Group of Salem-Keizer
Meets at 1p.m., second Friday of the month, at Salem Hospital Rehabilitation Center, 2561 Center St, N.E. For more info Call 503-390-3372 or 503-838-6868.

Table Tennis 1 – SALEM TABLE TENNIS CLUB
Meets at the Center 50+, 2615 Portland R. Tuesdays & Thursdays from 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturdays from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. For more info, call Bob at 503-589-4878 or go to our website.

Table Tennis 2 – WILLAMETTE TABLE TENNIS CLUB
Plays each Tuesday and Thursday from 7-10pm, Saturdays 1-4pm. Located at the old Knapp Printing building at 2121 Front Street NE. For more info call Ben at 503-588-2130 or go tohttp://www.wtabletennis.org/

TOASTMASTERS –High Noon
Every Monday from 12:05 to 12:55pm in the meeting room (Fishbowl) off the cafeteria in the Department of Revenue Building in Salem, 955 Center St. NE, on the ground floor.

TOASTMASTERS –Statehouse
Do you want to improve your public speaking skills? We meet every Tuesday from 12:05 to 1:00 in the Executive Building, Conference Rm. A, 155 Cottage St. NE. Check us out for free with no obligation to join. See our website at http://statehouse.freetoasthost.org for more information.

TRE KRONOR LODGE – Swedish-American organization
welcomes all those interested in Nordic culture. We meet the second Sunday of each month (except June-August) at 2 PM in the Recreation Room of the Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community Center, 7693 Wheatland Road North, Keizer, Oregon. Contact Barry Ostrom by phone at 503-838-2980; e-mail:[email protected], log in at http://www.vasaorder.net/?Lodge=713, or write Tre Kronor Lodge No. 713, P.O. Box 2833, Salem, OR 97308

TOPS –Take Off Pounds Sensibly
Meets every Thursday morning. Weigh-in begins at 9:15am, meeting from 10 to 11 am. Meet downstairs at the Eagles on cherry Ave. For more info call 503-390-8978.

VETERANS — Veterans of Underage Military Service
Meets the first Tuesday at 8 p.m. at the American Legion Building.

WRESTLERS — Celtic Mat Club
Practices on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:15 pm at McNary High gym. Tournaments on Saturdays in Salem area. Open to kindergarten through 8th graders. For more info, Call 503-561-1085 or go to www.celticwrestling.org

YOGA
Balance and strengthen body, mind and spirit. FIRST CLASS IS FREE. Level 1 Yoga, good for beginners to the experienced. Wednesdays, 4:00–5:00 PM at Classic Tap Dance Studio, 392 Chemawa Rd. N, Keizer. Call 503-393-8098 for more info.

Celts beat No. 3 Washington team

Celtic Adam Harvey lays in a shot during a game with Tualatin High School Tuesday, Dec. 8. The Keizer boys won 56-45. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Celtic Adam Harvey lays in a shot during a game with Tualatin High School Tuesday, Dec. 8. The Keizer boys won 56-45. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The McNary High School varsity basketball team started off its season in a big way: toppling the third-ranked team in Washington at the annual Fitz Tournament in Spokane.

The Celtics beat Lewis & Clark High School, in its own house, 63-58 Friday, Dec. 4. It was the first of two wins the Keizer boys would enjoy at the tournament.

“They were good and big and physical, but we played fast and hard,” said Ryan Kirch, McNary head coach. “We missed some shots early, but we were consistent defensively and that allowed us to work our way back into the game.”

McNary took the final lead in the last four minutes of the game and then got to the free throw line to clinch the victory.

Celt Harry Cavell led the offense with 25 points and added 15 rebounds.

“It was really a matter of breaking the ice and figuring out our go-to plays and theirs,” said Trent Van Cleave, a McNary senior. “We struggled on defense in the first half, but we were able to make adjustments.”

Celt Adam Harvey said there wasn’t one thing in particular that led to the outcome.

“It was keeping our composure, staying consistent and playing as a team, really,” Harvey said.

Cavell led the team with 20 points in a 71-62 win over University High School Saturday, Dec. 5.

Kirch said the University team was slightly less skilled than Lewis & Clark, but would still be a playoff contender in the Greater Valley Conference.

“You could tell that we were tired after winning the night before. We hit a drought in the second quarter, but we made some adjustments defensively at halftime and came out in the third quarter with intensity. That allowed us to get some deflections and play our game,” Kirch said.

After two games, Harvey said the team is still struggling to achieve high-energy starts, something of a carryover from last season.

“We don’t have the energy at the start of either game, but it comes quickly after the in-game plays like charges and dunks, or even three-pointers,” he said.

Kirch credited Mathew Ismay for stellar play throughout the weekend.

“He played smart defense, took a few charges and did a great job on the boards. Cade Goff also made huge contributions in the second half of the second game,” Kirch said.

The Celts faced Tualatin High School Tuesday, Dec. 8, at home and travel to meet West Albany High School in the first GVC contest of the season Friday, Dec. 11.

While Kirch and the players were happy with the outcomes of the first games, they knew their was still room to grow.

“We have to do a better job of getting to the rim. We set ourselves up for outside shots a little too often when we had other options,” Kirch said.

Van Cleave said it was nice to pick up where the last season left off, but the team was just getting started.

“This year we’re out to prove something to those people who are still doubting us. We’re the real deal and we want to go far in the playoffs,” he said.

Security over privacy

We have all been horrified by scenes of carnage in places not much different than Keizer. Mass shootings have occured in such varied cities as San Bernardino, Newton, Colorado Springs and  Aurora.

It doesn’t matter if the killings are a result of mental health, political or religious issues. The killings have occured in places local residents later say, “I never thought it could happen here.” That’s the problem: it could and it did happen there. Though we live in our quiet little corner of Oregon here in Keizer, is it possible to say we could not suffer a similar tragedy?

We should not say, “It can’t happen here.” It can because we can never know what goes on in the hearts and minds of others. After each of the recent mass killings across the nation reports come out that someone suspected something but said nothing; or, someone felt someone was acting strangely and different than ususal. In a society where privacy is paramount we are loathe to invade another’s privacy.

After 9/11 the nation was told if you see something, say somethng. A neighbor of San Bernardino shooters Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik didn’t report suspicious activity at their house because he didn’t want to appear to be racially profiling or racist.

Could a report to police by the neighbor have stopped the massacre? That’s unknown. All bets are off when terrorism hits the American heartland. Safety and security trumps privacy. It can be argued that at least one other person knew of any of the multiple shootings around the country.

Syed Farook’s mother lived in the house with the couple and their six-month-old child. Investigators are currently trying to uncover what Rafia Farook knew—the couple had stockpiled weapons and were building pipe bombs in the house. For cultural or familial reasons we can see why Mother Farook did not report anything, but political correctness stopped the neighbor from filing a report. The adage ‘better safe than sorry’ is as powerful today as ever.

The question of whether such a tragedy could happen in Keizer is as important as the question about prepardness by our law enforcement agencies, schools and gathering places such as shopping centers and churches.

It is not prudent for law enforcement to tip its hand and share its response plans in case of a mass shooting. The public should be confident, though,  that all our local and state law enforcement agencies do have a plan in place. We want to be confident, also, that the school district has plans on how to respond to an active shooter in or near any school.

We certainly do not advocate creating Fortress Keizer, but as we’ve seen, these things can happen anwhere, anytime.  We’ve seen that this can happen anywhere, anytime.

People that harbor the darkest of impluses can lurk anywhere, even the nicest and quaintest of communities. We shouldn’t look over our shoulders in fear, nor expect the worst in others, but it is important for the public and law agencies to understand that a well-intentioned word can prevent a tragedy too hard to imagine.

  —LAZ

Trust him?

It is hard to ignore Donald Trump. It is foolhardy to think that in the end cooler heads will prevail and his presidential candidacy will collapse under the weight of his positions and pronouncements.

While Republican establishment candidates try to gain traction for their campaigns, the Trump juggernaut continues to grow. The people who attend his rallies and speeches like what they hear—he speaks to their fears and frustrations, even though he offers few specifics other than saying “trust me”  and “it’ll be great.”

His call for a temporary halt in the acceptance of Muslim refugees into the United States “until we know what the hell is going on” fired up outrage from politicos and pundits, but his supporters continue their cheers.

Less than half of all eligible voters cast ballots anymore in national elections. The people who do vote are very motivated. If our democratic system results in the election of Donald Trump and his policies, that is a result Americans will have to accept.

We deserve more than “trust me.”

  —LAZ

Parade marshal too politicized

To the Editor:

Thirteen years ago Dr. Bud Pierce saved my life, so I certainly  bear him no ill will—nor grudges  due to his party affiliation, which he and I used to converse about during my course of treatment with him.

He and (wife) Selma have certainly done a lot for the citizens of Salem/ Keizer; however, to name an actively campaigning politician as grand marshal of our hometown Christmas parade is simply wrong in so many ways.

How about our chief of police or fire captain or medics or the caregivers for our elderly? Or the teachers we entrust our kids too every day? All are heros each and every day.

Maybe the citizens should be the ones to chose who they want to be grand marshal of their hometown parade.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to one and all.

Carol Doerfler
Keizer