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Help know make holidays brighter

It’s all hands on deck for the Keizer Network of Women (KNOW) Giving Basket program Dec. 5 and 6.

The program is expected to impact about 250 children and their families this year. The KNOW members are sorting through the requests and figuring out who gets what gifts. For a family with multiple children, care is taken to make sure each child gets an equal number of gifts. In addition to gifts, boxes of fresh food are also put together for the families.

Sorting and boxing of food is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5. A big gift wrapping party takes place at 6 p.m.on Thursday, Dec. 6, with the goal being to have the process completed that evening. Participants in the wrapping party should bring along scissors, tape and gift wrap.

Delivery will begin on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 9 a.m. Enchanted Child Care & Preschool Gymnasium, 530 Dietz Avenue (behind Arby’s), is serving as the headquarters for sorting, wrapping and delivery.

Questioning our leaders

Some people identify as liberal, some as conservative. The definition of those labels have drasticaly shifted over the past 40 years. What was conservative in the early 1980s is now considered inexcusably moderate. Some Democrats want their party to move further left; some Republicans want to see their party  move further right. That has created what we all see across the nation today: two sides with little compromise, entrenched in their points of view.

Politics in America today is not completely broken regardless of what some pundits, news anchors and columnists would have us believe. The reality is there is work being completed by government bodies at every level, from Congress down to the smallest city council.

Congress passes legislation every week but that pales in comparison to the sexier news of constant embattlement between the two parties. In Keizer, population 39,000, one can find people of every ideological stripe, though most of the city’s councilors have been right of center. The city council gets the people’s business done when it comes to setting policy and approving budgets, all without rancor.

Our democracy allows for citizens to express their displeasure with decisons their government leaders make, be it via public testimony, letters or protests. That is all part of our civic discourse. That includes the press. It is not treasonous to question political leaders about their policies. Nor is it treasonous to say or write critically of our leaders. We do not live in a country built on the cult of personalities. We don’t have Dear Leader or Glorious Leader in America. Our leaders are elected by the people; if we don’t like what they are doing we can vote them out.

Not all liberals loathe the current president, not all conservatives embrace him. Voters knew what they were getting when they supported him with their votes. The fact that he trailed his opponent by three million votes fades in the face of his Electoral College victory.  Hate his policies and his behavior or support him, it is important to remember a keystone of military life:  respect (or salute) the rank, not the man. That is something big media forgets—it spends too much time on the president’s tweets rather than on the news items that affect most Americans.

Neither the people nor the press should follow a president blindly. The ability to oppose our leaders is as American as apple pie. It is democracy gone off the rails when people are accused of being unAmerican when they don’t support their leader. It is democracy functioning well when people use their words and actions to persuade others to their side regardless if it is a conservative view or a liberal view.

There is room is this big country for all points of view. A person is not horrible just because they disagree—that is unAmerican.   —LAZ

Codes need to be enforced

To the Editor:

Keizer has some rules to keep our neighborhoods livable: seventy-two hour parking limits on streets, prompt graffiti remediation, house maintenance, vision clearance at intersections, vegetation heights over roads and walkways, to name a few.

On November 2, I spoke to a female officer on Allendale Way while we looked at four vehicles illegally parked. All had been there at least 30 days. The Harley had no plate and the clutch lever has been stolen. The Ford Escape had plates that expired January, 2017. The Ford van in front of that never moves. The Honda in front of that had no plate, tags or temporary. I told her about an abandoned Jimmy with expired plates two blocks further down the street. I told her of a black pickup with no engine and expired  plates across the street from that. She indicated she was aware of the location and would coordinate with Code Enforcement. I took her at her word.

Nothing happened.

On November 10, I took pictures of the vehicles as well as three more with expired plates within one mile.

On November 13, I took the pictures to the police station and reported the violations again.

It’s November 21 and not one vehicle has been marked, tagged or towed. (The Honda was gone by January 13.)

A stop sign and utility boxes were tagged at Noren/Keizer Road on or about Oct. 1. Keizer’s Public Works Department fixed the sign immediately, yet the utility boxes have not been addressed. Some 60 feet of fence on Noren at the south end of Kennedy’s playground is still unaddressed.

I expect the City to do what it says it will do.

Dave LeDoux
Keizer

Liberal panic on press freedom

By L. BRENT BOZELL III and TIM GRAHAM

Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw of Texas first came to national attention when his looks—especially the patch over his eye that he lost serving in Afghanistan—were mocked on Saturday Night Live. The NBC show amended its rudeness by putting him on the show the next week and allowing him to make an earnest pitch to Americans to “never forget” the sacrifices veterans make.

On Nov. 18, Crenshaw appeared with three other House freshmen on CBS’ Face the Nation.”The other three were all Democrats. He suggested the public image of Congress could be improved if the tone of the debate were to improve. “Let’s not attack each other’s intent,” he said. “Let’s not … attack each other as a person. Let’s attack ideas. All right. We can debate ideas. We can disagree on ideas all day long.”

That’s not an easy standard in politics. Politicians know that voters say they don’t like negative attacks, but they also know voters are more likely to believe negative attacks than positive presentations. What made Crenshaw’s approach stand out was his challenging the idea that freedom of the press is under attack.

Rep.-elect Joe Neguse, D-Colo., claimed that under President Trump, “our democratic freedoms” are under attack. Crenshaw demanded specifics and said: “Democracy is at work. People are voting in … record numbers.” Neguse responded, “the undermining of the free press.” He cited CNN having to go to court to fight correspondent Jim Acosta’s suspended press pass. Crenshaw noted that was one reporter, not the entire network, and that he was “highly disruptive.”

Rep.-elect Chrissy Houlahan, D-Pa., then jumped in. “I would argue that our president is consistently disruptive in those very same press conferences. And I would argue that he treats them with disrespect,” she said. Crenshaw challenged that, asking, “how is that an attack on the press, though?” Houlihan replied, “it’s literally an attack on the press.” Crenshaw shot back: “Oh, I’ve literally been attacked. … let’s choose our words carefully.”

This underlines that our metaphors can be far too overdramatized, especially in emotional reaction to Trump’s ridicule. Houlihan continued: “his language is an attack in those spaces.” So Crenshaw asked, “why is he not allowed to use his own language and freedom of speech?”

This is a terrific question. Apparently, it’s against freedom of speech to attack the press as a bunch of partisans who sometimes put out “fake news.” The media would like to rewrite the First Amendment and insert the commandment “Thou shalt not question the motives or professionalism of journalists.” They have the thinnest skins in Washington.

Houlihan insisted that the president should lead by example. Crenshaw said that it’s fine to question the president’s style, and that he dislikes the term “enemy of the people” to describe the press corps.

But if the Democrats and the press think it’s important to lead by example, is Jim Acosta leading by example? Are they proud of his style? It seems obvious they feel strongly that someone really needs to lecture the president like he’s got the intelligence of a tomato. They aren’t telling Acosta he’s setting a bad example for the children.

Those on the left have been ranting for years now that the press can’t allow Trump to be “normalized”—in other words, the media must always behave as if an election-stealing dictator is sitting in the White House. For the left, there is no universal morality. There are the idealistic leftists who must be celebrated, and there are the Cynical, Lying Bad Guys who must be destroyed. Dan Crenshaw exposed how much civility is limited when it comes to conservatives.

(Creator Syndicate)

Green Bay sets good example

A mere few decades ago in Oregon, those born here enjoyed a state in which the wealthy didn’t rule over much of anything and seldom were known to order public officials around.  Then, too, young bucks still had a chance to make their mark even if they did not come from a family with riches that got that way by underpaying their workers and indulging themselves to live, as now they often do, like potentates.

The other day a columnist in our time wrote a rather lengthy column about the guy who was as wealthy as any American can get and had used some of his wealth to own and control an NBA franchise, the Portland Trail Blazers.  As anyone who’s taken notice of the lives of the rich and famous, Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft, passed away a few weeks ago.

We’re told that Allen’s last will and testimony seeks to sell his assets, including the Blazers, and give what’s acquired in amounts of millions upon millions of dollars to charitable causes.  Well, good for Allen who, with one surviving sister, and a man who never married and also had no children, my hat is tipped with great respect to him as one who will not make a few relatives rich enough to do nothing except order other Americans around.

Then a thought occurred to me, relative to many Oregonians I’ve known from birth—they loved and continue to love our state and our nation and desire a return, even in some small measure, to those times when hardly any citizen of our state was filthy rich. However, if there were, back when, even a few enjoying financial good fortune, they didn’t impose their will on everyone else by taking control of the state’s institutions and Capitol occupants.

Ah, hah! The Green Bay Packers of Green Bay, Wisconsin come to mind. Here’s the factual scoop on the Packers. The Green Bay Packers Board of Directors is the organization that serves as the owner of record of the National Football League’s team.  The Packers have been a publicly-owned, non-profit corporation since 1923.  Their management structure is unlike anything else in American professional sports.  Instead, the Packers are publicly-traded with a total of 112,158 shareholders owning 4,750,937 shares in GBP Incorporated.

So, instead of letting the Portland Trail Blazers be bought by the likes of the Paulson family, Merritt owning the Portland Timbers, or the Knight family, Phil apparently “owning” the UO Ducks, the people of Oregon, and anyone else willing to put a few dollars into a collective kitty, being able to claim ownership in a professional sports team.  As a result, we, collectively, could take a big step in the direction of common folks owning what they’re cheering for and spending great gobs of money to see and, in that way, helping rich guys and their families build more homes overseas and buy Ivy League university educations for their offspring.

What say you fellow serfs?  Is it not time to claim by joint ownership what could be ours and avoid another fate like that of the Seattle Super Sonics, now the Oklahoma City Thunder. Many an Oregon youth and young adult views smaller futures save servitude because things are more and more often in the exclusive hands of wealthy individuals and corporations: ownership in something like a local team could enthuse more buy-in among them.

(Gene H. McIntyre shares his opinion frequently in the Keizertimes.)

Commission has its final say on accessory dwellings

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

The Keizer Planning Commission buttoned up a conversation about accessory dwelling units (ADUs) at its meeting Wednesday, Nov. 14.

The work began at the commission’s October meeting and was continued. The Oregon Legislature is now requiring cities of a certain size to permit ADUs – think mother-in-law cottages. Keizer already permitted the buildings, but the planning commission was tasked with cleaning up some of the gray areas in the development code.

After cementing some initial guidelines last month, the two main outstanding questions were whether to allow duplexes to add a third dwelling and whether owner occupancy in one of the dwellings would be a requirement.

What’s an ADU?

Commissioner Garry Whalen brought up the issue of duplex regulations at the meeting last month, but said he drove around town to see how many duplex lots even had the space to accommodate more construction. He said only a dozen or so were likely to have the space. Given that, he didn’t feel restricting additional dwellings was onerous.

On the requirement of owner occupancy, commissioners eventually agreed to keep it in place, but many appeared torn.

“I have a friend who lost his job and they wanted to keep the home they are in and rent it out with the hope of moving back,” said Commissioner Crystal Wilson, who was concerned about limiting options for those in similar circumstances.

“I have the same thoughts on that. Limiting the ability for rental income is an issue. Right now, it doesn’t affect me, but it could happen to someone who buys my home,” said Commissioner Kyle Juran.

Commissioner Hersch Sangster was the only one to advocate for keeping the requirement without reservation.

What’s an ADU?

“For now, I want it owner occupied to prevent the 1 percent [of bad owners] from causing a problem,” Sangster said.

One other change from the previous discussion of ADUs made parking requirements more explicit. A prior version of the text said adding additional parking would not be required if on-street parking is available. The new text requires that the on-street parking be adjacent to the property adding an ADU.

The commission’s recommendations will now go to the city council for approval.

Gifts in the key of HOPE

A group of ladies, known as Music Box Angels, construct music boxes to be delivered free to show people that someone loves and cares about them. (KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley)

By DEREK WILEY
Of the Keizertimes

Faye Kircher woke up at 2 o’clock in the morning, sat at her computer and noticed a music box she had made for her mom more than 25 years ago.

“I was thinking about what can we do to give to people to make them feel like we really love them and care about them,” Kircher said.

A poem then came to her —“What can we say to brighten your day? Turn that key and let it play. It sounds like music from above. Could it be the wings of God’s own dove, playing a tune to let you know that He is with you here below.”

KEIZERTIMES/Derek Wiley
Nearly 1,000 music boxes, made of wood or Origami, have been given away to people hurting in the last two years.

“It just popped out,” Kircher said of the poem. “I’m not a poet at all. It was an inspirational poem that happened to come to me. I don’t know why I was chosen.”

Later that day, Kircher told the other six women in her craft group about the poem and on Feb. 10, 2017, they delivered their first music box.

By the following January, the seven women from Salem Evangelical and Keizer Christian churches had given away more than 400 music boxes.

“It was such a cool thing to give these things away,” Kircher said. “All of the people involved in this group have a heart for the hurting. We believe our calling is to glorify God and to make these boxes and give them to people that are hurting.”

The ministry, Music Box Angels, has grown to 45 people across eight churches, creating the boxes, making cards, delivering, praying and visiting with people who are hurting. Along with handing out boxes at local events, they’ve also mailed them to 34 states and given away nearly 600 in 2018 alone.

“This music box is a calling,” Kircher said. “It gets us in the door to tell them that they’re not forgotten, we care about them, God cares about them.”

The boxes, some made from wood and others Origami, play four different songs—Amazing Grace, How Great Thou Art, Jesus Loves Me and What a Friend We Have in Jesus.

To request a box, volunteer or find out more about Music Box Angels, go to musicboxangels.com or email [email protected]

Task force will be check on Keizer growth needs

By ERIC A. HOWALD
Of the Keizertimes

It seems that city officials’ attention to the growth of the city is hitting home for residents.

Summoning volunteers to serve on advisory committees is no small chore, but when the city put out an email seeking volunteers to serve on an advisory committee examining buildable lands and housing needs, more than 30 residents responded to the call.

It led to the formation of an 11-person committee – up from the originally needed seven people – at the Keizer City Council meeting Monday, Nov. 19. Cities designated as rent-burdened, which Keizer is, are receiving funding to analyze projected population growth and how to accommodate it.

Keizer Development Director Nate Brown said he specifically looked outside the usual suspects when deciding who to pick.

“We decided not to put city councilors or planning commissioners on the committee, but we are hoping members of both attend the meetings,” Brown told the planning commission last week.

James Hutches, Danielle Bethell, Ron Bersin, Blaze Itzaina, Carol Doerfler, Felicia Squires, Nick Stephenson, Stefani Iverson, Rick Kuehn, David Dempster, and Mike Kerr are all expected to be part of the committee.  City Councilor Laura Reid will be council’s liaison.

Brown said he expects the committee to begin work in December with a total of four or five meetings.

Brown said citizen input is desired and will be welcomed at every meeting.

Black and white best

Winners of the 2018 Black, White and Gray Show at the Keizer Art Association were announced at a reception on Saturday, Nov.10. Livonia Sallee’s three-dimensional piece, Geometrics was named best in show. Sallee used the torso of a mannequin as a base and attached a variety of beads.

Greta Garbo, by Michael Dora took home first place in two-dimensional art.

To be entered each of the show’s pieces were required to be black, white and/or gray, including any mattes and frames.

Other winners of the show were:

Two dimensional:

First place: Greta Garbo, pencil, by Michael Dora;

Second place: Concrete and Spheres, Donna Lee;

Third place: Wait for the Ferry, digital, Gary Olsen-Hasek;

Juror’s merit: Turbaned, stippling, Kathy Haney

Photography:

First place: Weisman Noir, Gary Oslen-Hasek;

Second place: Tucked in for the Winter, Bill Aiello;

Third place: Omnipotent, Karen Aiello;

Juror’s merit: Back Alley, Winslow, John DeJarnatt

Three dimensional:

First place: Shining Through, fabric, Kristin Bonn;

Second place: Frazzled Chickadee, mixed media, Hannele Gauthier;

Third place: Basket, textile, Jody Farley.

Kids’ Art award winner was Evie McCarthy for Mice! Party on!