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Day: January 15, 2016

Laundromat hearing gets washed back

Thomas Patrick Healy appears for a short hearing at the Marion County Courthouse Annex on Jan. 7. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
Thomas Patrick Healy appears for a short hearing at the Marion County Courthouse Annex on Jan. 7. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

Salem’s Thomas Patrick Healy was already in quite a bit of legal trouble.

Fleeing to Arizona and getting arrested down there didn’t help his cause.

Healy, 50, had a plea hearing before Judge Audrey Broyles in the Marion County Courthouse Annex on Jan. 7. The hearing didn’t last long, as it was pushed back to Friday, Jan. 22.

Healy was arrested in January 2014 after investigators with the Keizer Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office forced their way into his residence. Healy was arrested at the time and charged with 16 counts each of burglary, criminal mischief and possession of a burglary tool or theft device.

In November 2013, KPD officers responded to a theft report at Keizer Coin Op Laundry on River Road, where a change machine was reported to be extensively damaged and money was taken.

Working with investigators from other agencies such as the Salem Police Department, detectives were able to identify Healy and his Jeep from surveillance videos. When authorities entered Healy’s residence two years ago, they recovered evidence linking him to a number of other laundromat burglaries from 2013. A loaded handgun and additional ammunition were also found. The crime spree was believed to have taken place between May and November 2013 in various cities around Oregon.

Detective Chris Nelson said Healy got a break, but then couldn’t keep clean.

“He got a release agreement based on overcapacity at the jail,” Nelson said. “He failed to appear for his hearing (in spring 2014), fled to Arizona, then got arrested down there following a short pursuit. He was extradited back to Oregon.”

In Marion County, Healy is facing 20 charges related to the laundromats, with 13 counts of criminal mischief, five counts of burglary and one count each of aggravated theft and felon in possession of a firearm. He also faces nine counts in Lincoln County, three counts in Benton County, two counts in Yamhill County and one count in Clackamas County, for a total of 35 counts in five counties.

Failing to appear in court is not a new thing, as his past history is filled with such marks. Being in trouble with the law is far from a new thing as well for Healy. A look at Healy’s name in the system reveals more than two dozen records, starting with a 1987 infraction for defective equipment in Clackamas County.

Many of the records deal with suspended license or other driving issues, while a 1989 case dealt with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful possession of a firearm. He was first convicted for a theft charge in 1991, with another conviction for possession of a controlled substance in 1995.

Healy was convicted of burglary in 2002, with a criminal mischief and another burglary conviction the following year. A reckless driving conviction followed in 2007, with a conviction for possession of methamphetamine following in February 2008. That was the last case listed in the state court database until the 2013 laundromat charges.

Ebbs, Kibbey tops at Don York Invite

Celt Jon Phelps puts a McKay high School wrestler in a compromising position at a dual meet Thursday, Jan. 7. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)
Celt Jon Phelps puts a McKay high School wrestler in a compromising position at a dual meet Thursday, Jan. 7. (KEIZERTIMES/Eric A. Howald)

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

McNary High School senior Joey Kibbey and sophomore Brayden Ebbs won their divisions at the Don York Invitational Jan 8-9.

The Celtics finished third overall in the annual tournament held at Cleveland High School.

“We were third in that tournament because everyone contributed,” said Jason Ebbs, McNary head coach. “The exceptional parts were the five kids who didn’t place but were one match away from it.”

Kibbey, at 120 pounds, had one fall and three decisions in the run up to his finals match where he face Gary Thayer of Churchill High School. We won the finals match 9-7 for the tournament title.

“Keeping my mind in the game the whole time was a big part of it. I was also lucky to have my whole team behind me,” Kibbey said.

His only disappointment of the tournament was not getting to face first-seeded Gavin Stockwell of Sunset High School. Stockwell lost his third-round match just before Kibbey would have faced him.

The younger Ebbs, at 138 pounds, entered the tournament as the first seed and notched three pins to make his way to the semifinals where he faced Drew Urben of Putnam High School. Urben was the only wrestler to get a point on B. Ebbs in the entire tournament. B. Ebbs won that match in a 14-1 major decision and pinned Isaiah Haynes of Sandy High School for the title.

“I had a good few days where I was in my groove and it was just a big confidence boost,” said B. Ebbs.

Ricky Vincent (113 pounds), Jon Phelps (132 pounds), Carlos Vincent (152 pounds) and Kyle Bonn (220 pounds) all made it to the semifinals at the tournament before getting ousted.

“I think we’re finally coming together more as a team. We had a lot of different small groups forming before the break, but last week it felt like we were all moving in the same direction as one,” said Kibbey.

Prior to the York tourney, McNary traveled to meet McKay and West Salem high schools at McKay Thursday, Jan. 7. The Celts beat both teams by wide margins.

McNary won the McKay dual meet 49-21. Match winners were: R. Vincent by pin in 17 seconds; Kibbey by pin in 27 seconds; Nick Hernandez in a 10-2 major decision; Jon Phelps in a 14-1 major decision; B. Ebbs by pin in 2:52; C. Vincent in an 11-3 major decision; Wyatt Kesler in an 8-0 major decision; Bonn in 5-2 decision; and Keifer Smith by pin in 5:48.

The Celts beat the Titans 66-9. Match winners were Brooke Burrows in a 6-4 decision; R. Vincent by pin in 42 seconds; Hernandez by pin in 1:05; Phelps by pin in 1:35; B. Ebbs by pin in 2:30; C. Vincent in an 8-4 decision; Kesler by pin in 4:49; Jesse Gomez by pin in 3:46; Isaiah Putnam by pin in 2:48; Bonn by pin in 3:00; and Smith by pin in 33 seconds.

“They looked good coming out of the break and those two duals looked good, but our last four duals will be our real challenge this season,” J. Ebbs said. “The last four duals will be where the world can change. Each of them is going to come down to four or five key matches.”

Agenda for Keizer City Council meeting

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CITY OF KEIZER MISSION STATEMENT

KEEP CITY GOVERNMENT COSTS AND SERVICES TO A MINIMUM BY PROVIDING CITY SERVICES TO THE COMMUNITY IN A COORDINATED, EFFICIENT, AND LEAST COST FASHION

AGENDA

KEIZER CITY COUNCIL

REGULAR SESSION

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

7:00 p.m.

Robert L. Simon Council Chambers

Keizer, Oregon

1. CALL TO ORDER

2. ROLL CALL

3. FLAG SALUTE

4. SPECIAL ORDERS OF BUSINESS

a. PROCLAMATION – Keizer Heritage Year

b. PROCLAMATION – Great Kindness Challenge Week

5. COMMITTEE REPORTS

6. PUBLIC TESTIMONY

This time is provided for citizens to address the Council on any matters other than those on the agenda scheduled for public hearing.

7. PUBLIC HEARINGS

8. ADMINISTATIVE ACTION

a. RESOLUTION – Authorization of Interfund Loan to the Water Facility Fund from the Transportation Improvement Fund

b. ORDINANCE – Amending Keizer Development Code Regarding Section 2.313 (Accessory Structures and Uses); Amending Ordinance 98-389

c. ORDINANCE – Adopting the Keizer Marijuana Retailer Permit Process (Second Reading)

RESOLUTION – Relating to Marijuana Retailer Permit Application and Investigation Fee

d. RESOLUTION – Adopting 2016 Keizer Rapids Park Master Plan Amendment – Amending Resolution R2006-1729 and Resolution R2014-2517

ORDINANCE – Adopting an Amendment to the Parks and Recreation Master Plan Dated January 2008 (Keizer Rapids Park and Chalmers Jones Park) – Amending Ordinance No. 2008-570 and Ordinance No. 2014-712

9. CONSENT CALENDAR

a. Approval of January 4, 2016 Regular Session Minutes

b. Approval of January 11, 2016 Work Session Minutes

10.COUNCIL LIAISON REPORTS

11.OTHER BUSINESS

This time is provided to allow the Mayor, City Council members, or staff an opportunity to bring new or old matters before the Council that are not on tonight’s agenda.

12.WRITTEN COMMUNICATIONS

To inform the Council of significant written communications.

13.AGENDA INPUT

February 1, 2016

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session

February 16, 2016 (Tuesday)

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session

March 7, 2016

7:00 p.m. – City Council Regular Session

14.ADJOURNMENT

Upon request, auxiliary aids and/or special services will be provided. To request services, please contact us at (503)390-3700 or through Oregon Relay at 1-800-735-2900 at least two working days (48 hours) in advance.

Gym to fill empty Depot space

The doors of the former Office Depot in Schoolhouse Square were open this week as crews prepare the space for a new tenant. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)
The doors of the former Office Depot in Schoolhouse Square were open this week as crews prepare the space for a new tenant. (KEIZERTIMES/Craig Murphy)

By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes

A new gym is tabbed for Schoolhouse Square.

It’s location? Right next to an existing gym.

Last week, Gary Miller with Utah-based Cumming Construction Inc. submitted an application for a permit at 5045 River Road North, the former site of the Office Depot. The office supply store closed in 2009 and the building in the middle of Schoolhouse Square – which is under new ownership – has been vacant ever since.

When the Keizertimes visited the site on Jan. 8, the large poster telling the nearest Office Depot location in Salem was still on display, as well as a for rent sign.

By Monday morning, doors were open and cleaning could be seen taking place.

According to the permit filed with Marion County last week, B Fit Health Club is coming in. Tenant improvements to the building are listed as being worth $600,000.

Miller referred questions to Connie Koska, the San Diego, Calif.-based construction project manager with 24 Hour Fitness. Koska did not return messages from the Keizertimes seeking comment, but a worker at the vacant site on Monday said a gym is indeed coming in.

Darren Bloch, principal with Bellevue, Wash.-based Bloch Properties, noted his company closed on the purchase of Schoolhouse Square in December and has some prospective tenants for other spaces as well. One of the other spaces in Schoolhouse Square is the former Roth’s grocery store, which closed in the spring of 2012. Especially since the Haggen store closed last September, there has been intense speculation around town about whether a smaller grocer could take over the former Roth’s space.

“I do have some plans for the building,” Bloch said. “We have a number of things we’re working on.”

As for the gym coming, Bloch said it wasn’t his call about publicizing the news.

“I’m the landlord,” he said. “I really need to leave it up to the tenant to decide that. It’s not my place to decide if they want to tell. I will let them decide what they are willing to say. They can approach it however they want to do it.”

One of the more intriguing aspects of a new gym coming in is the fact Anytime Fitness has its own 24-hour gym right next door. Messages left by the Keizertimes for Eric Martin, owner and manager of that gym, were not returned.

UPDATE: After the Jan. 15 issue of the paper went to press, multiple gym members told the Keizertimes an announcement was posted on the Anytime Fitness bulletin board the gym would be closing at the end of January.

William (Bill) D. Rumpf

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Former Keizer resident Bill Rumpf passed away on Dec. 28, 2015 in Kirkland, Wash.

Bill married Dawn 51 years ago and together they had two sons, William (wife Kris) and Robert with twin grandsons Alec and Cale. Bill was a former president of Keizer Little League, and with the help of many volunteers was instrumental in the original construction of the Keizer Little League Fields.

Bill is survived by his mother, Patricia DuBois, two sisters Sue (Chuck) and Pam (Vance) and three brothers, Dan (Wendy), Dave (LaVonne), H.T. (Shelly), along with numerous nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and extended family.

Eva Mae Beede

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E. Beede

Eva Mae Beede, 91, of Keizer, Oregon passed away peacefully at her assisted care home December 17, 2015 in Oregon City, Oregon. She was born in Speermore, Oklahoma January 21, 1924 to parents Marshall and Martha “Mattie” Aylett. They moved from Oklahoma to Missouri eventually settling in Salem, Oregon with her siblings. She graduated from Salem High School in 1941.

Eva Mae dedicated her life to Jesus at the First Nazarene Church in Salem. It was there that she met her first husband, David G. Pfau. They were married in 1943 and soon moved to Oakland, California while David served in the U.S. Navy. After returning to Salem they raised their two children Linda and David G. Junior. Her husband, David Senior, along with his friend and pastor lost their lives in an airplane accident while checking the welfare of church members and surveying the damage of the 1964 flood.

In 1968 she married Rev. Millard Beede, who affectionately called her ‘Dolly.’ They enjoyed 30 wonderful years of marriage before his passing in 1998. Together they were very involved in prayer groups and non-denominational Christian “Camps Farthest Out (CFO)” Camps. Their blended family included a total of six children.

Eva Mae was a sweet spirit that loved Jesus more than anything. She always had a smile on her face to accessorize her fashionable outfits! She would make a meal at the drop of a hat for anyone who stopped by her house for a visit. She was loved by anyone and everyone who met her.

She was preceded in death by husbands David G. Pfau Sr. and Rev. Millard Beede; brother Gerald Aylett and sister Bernita (Aylett) Hill; Stepsons John Beede and David Beede.

Eva Mae is survived by her sister Ruth (Aylett) Webber, children Linda (Pfau) Warmoth, David G. Pfau Jr, Mark Beede, and Sharon (Beede) Pittman along with 15 grandchildren and 38 great-grandchildren.

A public memorial service will be held on January 21, 2016 at 1 p.m. at Salem Evangelical Church.

Donations may be made in her memory to the Union Gospel Mission.

Obama promised hope, but…

By MICHAEL GERSON   

Now let us praise laundry lists. Every year at State of the Union time, the president and his staff say the speech will not include them. But the laundry won’t keep track of itself. The union is varied and expansive, and so are the responsibilities of its chief executive. Enumerating accomplishments and objectives amounts to lists, which Obama had in plenty Tuesday night.

The interesting thing is why this particular laundry was chosen. By what principle does the president want personalized medical treatments, paid leave, pre-K for all, the cure for cancer, a transition away from dirty energy, and the Trans-Pacific Partnership?

Obama advanced no ideological claim of what government should do; no technocratic vision of how its performance might be improved. The lists exist because Obama, who sees the “next frontier,” chose them. His person unites his agenda—not quite in the leadership league, he admits, of Lincoln or Roosevelt, but he has obviously thought hard and long about the comparison.

This was the way Obama was introduced to the country eight years ago. His victory in the Iowa caucuses had little to do with an ideological vision or policy agenda (which was, in fact, the utterly predictable liberalism of a backbench senator). That giddy night, he claimed that a “divided” and “disillusioned” country found “a common purpose.” His 38 percent in the caucus proved “we are one people.” We would “move beyond the bitterness and pettiness and anger that’s consumed Washington.” “This was the place,” Obama said, “where America remembered what it means to hope.” Elsewhere he would say: “I have become a symbol of the possibility of America returning to our best traditions.”

Obama would bring balance to the Force. Prospectively, with eight years ahead, this was inspiring. Retrospectively, with seven years behind, the same claim comes across as self-centered and a little sad—a world-historic figure picking through the refuse of the years for this shiny accomplishment and that. His solutions to 21st-century problems look suspiciously like 20th-century liberalism. And where has Obama actually left his party and American liberalism?

Obama is the first Democrat since Franklin Roosevelt to win back-to-back electoral majorities. But members of his party who venture beyond the 18 acres of the White House will find political ruin. Since taking office, Democrats have lost 13 Senate seats, 69 House seats, 11 governorships, 30 state legislatures and more than 900 state legislative seats. In border states that not long ago produced national Democratic leaders—such as Arkansas and Tennessee—the Democratic collapse is especially pronounced. Few presidents have done better for themselves and worse for their parties.

And perhaps most disturbingly for America’s liberal party, trust in government to do the right thing is near historical lows. According to a Pew Research Center average, just 19 percent of Americans trust government to do the right thing all or most of the time. The whole of the Democratic agenda, the whole of Hillary Clinton’s agenda—from gun control to immigration reform to reducing greenhouse gases—requires some modicum of trust in the capacity of government to act in the public interest. What is liberalism without public trust in government? A college class.

Declining trust in government is part of a larger decline in the trust of institutions generally. But it is fair to say that the launch of Obamacare, the Veterans Affairs hospital scandal and the IRS political targeting scandal did little to halt the slide. Obama was either complicit in the trend, or helpless against it.

The same could be said of political polarization—which Obama eventually decided he could not fight, and joined with enthusiasm. Or the rise of an angry, anti-establishment populism. More than 10 years of belief that America is on the “wrong track” has hardened into outrage and cynicism, and left some Americans vulnerable to ideologues and demagogues. These will be remembered as the characteristics of the Obama era —not hope, but anger and cynicism. It was a time when many Americans learned to rage.

The president and the future nominee of his party now have one advantage. Somehow these trends have produced another cult of personality, on the other political side —untethered to ideas, offering only himself as the solution to our problems, turning bitterness and pettiness into a previously undiscovered political art. This might be the strangest turn: a Republican Party that copies and amplifies the worst tendencies of our time.

(Washington Post Writers Group)

KPAC, SKEF work for student art

To the Editor:

Regarding the article regarding the All Student Art Show (Questions arise over student art show at KPAC meeting, Jan. 8 Keizertimes) I want to clear up any perceptions that the Salem Keizer Education Foundation (SKEF) or Krina Lee were in any way part of the concern.  SKEF and Krina have been nothing but gracious, patient and flexible in working with Keizer Public Arts Commission (KPAC), our citizen volunteer committee, and the City of Keizer.

Our Community Gallery is only a few months old and KPAC is having growing pains determining processes and procedures that accommodate each unique situation and art show.  We want to be a great community partner with SKEF and serve all of our kids by providing an exceptional location for their annual art show.  That said, we do not have all of the processes in place to accommodate this in a seamless fashion.

We feel we have accomplished this now and that the All Student Art Show will move forward and become a great success.  As the chair of KPAC, I want to personally apologize for the frustration, fits and starts that getting to this point has caused any of our public educators, SKEF staff and students.

Please forgive our inexperience and growing pains while we endeavor to serve the people of Keizer and local artists by providing an exceptional public art gallery for their use.

In a related note, there is a fabulous show by the Mid-Valley Quilters Guild up now at the Keizer Civic Center. Please stop by and see the extraordinary artistic work.

Lore Christopher
Keizer

Who encourages Harney militiamen?

Kate Brown became governor by Oregon’s law of succession. She wants to be governor in her own right by the election this year. However, she has not impressed this voter by her apparent reluctance to do anything that’s not in her electable interest.  Case in point here has been the standoff in Harney County by a bunch of criminally-minded invaders from other states.

The dispute is mainly about the use of federal lands by out-of-state ranchers out for private gain.  Any Oregonian or any American living in or visiting Burns or Harney County is not necessarily living on federal land and therefore should be looked after for their safety by Gov. Brown.  After all, Brown’s in charge of the Oregon State Police and the Oregon National Guard.

Meanwhile, letter writers to newspapers all over the state are writing to say they are fed up with what’s going on in Harney County.  Here are but a few examples from the Oregonian of what they are writing:

“This collection of traveling gun nuts is just looking for a reason to go into their ‘government-is-after-us’ paranoid psychosis that fuels their insanity.”

“Ammon Bundy and his self-styled militia cohorts are misinformed, misguided and mistaken. Their occupation of the Malheur (r)efuge has nothing to do with the Constitution.”

“I’m writing to express my frustration and anger over the ongoing armed robbery and theft of public lands by the Bundy gang of terrorists and traitors.”

“You cry patriotism as an excuse to shield your true intentions which are to turn over our public land jewels to mining, logging, fracking and grazing interests. You have attacked the United States in an act of war and should be dealt with as such, by government entities.”

Negative reactions to this takeover can be found all over the media and yet no action from the capitol by Gov. Brown. It ia all very disappointing and leads me to believe Kate Brown is just another partisan who will take no action—no matter how serious the matter—to avoid controversy in her attempt to be elected.

So how did we get to a place where a bunch of goons takes over southeast Oregon?  Taking over a refuge and leaving the nearby citizens nervous should not be happening to the Malhuer Refuge or any of the other 51 refuges around the country, although the Bundy tribe got away with the same thing on a related matter in Nevada.

Clues abound as to how we got to where lawbreakers believe all they have to do is occupy whatever federal “ground” they want.  Kim Davis, of Kentucky county clerk fame, refused to recognize same sex marriages and wouldn’t issue the licenses for it.  Canadian-born Ted Cruz identified her jailing as “judicial tyranny” while Mike Huckabee encouraged her with all his political strength.  Donald Trump says, if elected, he will not permit Muslims into the country due to their religious preference.  Marco Rubio stands by his motto, “God’s rules always win and take precedence over man’s.” Rick Santorum signed a pledge “not to respect an unjust law that directly conflicts with higher law.”

Nevada’s Cliven Bundy refused to pay grazing fees for his use of federal land. He received the support of Cruz, Trump, Huckabee, Rand Paul and Ben Carson.  It’s been reported that Rand Paul met with Bundy earlier this year for nearly an hour, even after Bundy was discredited for his racist remarks. Now, when the son of Cliven, Ammon Bundy, a man who says he’s under God’s instructions, took over the federal compound at the wildlife preserve a couple of weeks ago, only John Kasich, among the aspiring GOP contestants for U.S. president, protested it; the others were silent where silence condones and,  further, hints that as president each would surrender all that we want protected and preserved to mining, logging, fracking, grazing and, possibly, hunting preserves for the wealthy, upscale retreats for the rich, and golf courses.

Whatever the case, Gov. Brown finally sent out an electronic message from her office a week after the occupation got underway, calling the action “unlawful” and demanding the group “decamp immediately.”  A no-budge pledge was the Bundy group’s reply with nothing more from Salem as consequence.  Am I surprised by Brown’s lack of attention? No.  She’s also been ‘at sea’ over Syrian refuges to Oregon among which, most certainly, include ISIS terrorists.

I’m remind of a proverb from a 1930s:  A democratic government that allows anti-government forces to rule, soon has no democracy at all.

(Gene H. McIntyre’s column appears weekly in the Keizertimes.)

New rules for 2016 presidential races

It is 2016 and we’re doomed to a full nine months of presidential election campaigning.  There will be no avoiding the hip-deep toxic sludge of campaign ads but I wonder if we might at least set one or two basic ground rules.  The first and most basic rule ought to be that you can’t say stuff that’s not true.  There should be some consequence if you do.

Donald Trump claimed in an interview that he saw, (from Manhattan), thousands and thousands of Muslims in Jersey City, N.J. celebrating the fall of the World Trade Center towers on 9/11.  That never happened and the televised coverage he claims to have seen doesn’t exist. When confronted with those facts he simply doubled down and said yes, it did.  So he is either a liar or has invented a memory.  Why is he still viewed as a serious candidate?  Why was he ever?  More than any other candidate he has been factually incorrect and more than any other candidate his fabrications have been just shrugged off.   

As a reaction to the Black Lives Matter movement a War on Cops campaign has surfaced.  Two thousand-fifteen was the second safest year in history for police fatalities by gunshot, and one of the safest years overall for fewest police giving up their lives in the line of duty.  Gov. Chris Christie’s analysis of this welcome news was blaming Obama for “police officers being hunted.” In actuality, traffic accidents claimed more law enforcement lives than armed miscreants. Mike Huckabee said this War on Cops was responsible for “a surge in crime.” Ted Cruz has a little more Congressional heft and was able to convene a Senate Judiciary hearing titled “War on Police.” He blamed Obama for “creating a culture where the men and women of law enforcement feel under siege.”   

Even though facts support a complete opposite reality this overheated rhetoric somehow wins converts. In a September Rasmussen poll 58 percent of Americans believed there is a war on police in the United States today.  If we don’t insist on candidate’s sticking with the facts then it is our added responsibility as voters to dig through the muck to find the truth.    

Another rule we could use is that if you dislike something one candidate is accused of then you ought to dislike all candidates accused of the same.  We often hear people say they could not support a liar like Hillary Clinton.  How then could you support a liar like Donald Trump? Much is made of Clinton’s use of private email servers for government business. Nothing is mentioned of the thousands of emails never recovered from the Bush administration’s use of private emails during the Alberto Gonzales troubles.  Lastly, it’s hard to see that Donald Trump has a healthier attitude toward women than Bill Clinton. The difference being that Bill Clinton is not running for president.

With no facts to support it, I keep thinking there is a broad section of the electorate between the left wing and right wing extremes. We must count on this majority to prevent the election of a candidate indebted to either of these extremes.  The real worry is that a moderate candidate would be incapable of saying something outrageous enough to be heard in Campaign 2016.   Truth is usually dressed plainly and has no need to shout.     

(Don Vowell gets on his soapbox regularly in the Keizertimes.)