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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    October 19, 2017 

October's a poppin' good month - among other things

We’re going to keep this light this week, so before reading, head out to the kitchen for something to drink — hot or cold, take your pick. And while you’re at it, pop a batch of popcorn. Back and settled in for another Write to the Point?...

 

Expanded Panama Canal among challenges for Washington ports

The $5.4 billion spent to expand the Panama Canal is paying off for East Coast and Gulf of Mexico seaports; however, it is putting more pressure on the Northwest to remain competitive. The enlarged waterway opened in June 2016 allowing much larger co...

 
 By ROB OKUN    Opinion    October 19, 2017 

Sexual assault is not a women's issue; it's a community issue

“I am over the passivity of good men. Where the hell are you? You live with us, make love with us, father us, befriend us, brother us, get nurtured and mothered and eternally supported by us, so why aren’t you standing with us?” — Eve...

 

StageWest thanks public for success of 'Academia Nuts'

StageWest Community Theatre wrapped up its production of Gregg Kreutz’s “Academia Nuts” last weekend. Saturday night there were 26 patrons enjoying another great dinner by Mike Hartman along with the very funny play. Sunday matinee welcomed...

 

Top grades to Medical Lake for civic involvement

This space has voiced concerns in the past urging citizens to take some time away from whatever it is they do in their spare time and pay attention to what goes on in City Hall and within their respective school districts. That process involves 10s o...

 

It's hypocrisy so deep hip waders will not even help

“I came of age in the 60’s and 70’s, when all the rules about behavior and workplaces were different. That was the culture then.” Have you heard or read these words? If not, your Jeopardy category might have been, “Who said this?” with...

 

A dream to take politics out of the NFL

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This is one of my favorite quotes of all quote...

 

Medical Lake policing benefits from officers who stay

It is time to set the record straight regarding “policing in Medical Lake.” According to Mr. (mayoral candidate Mikeal) Suniga, he can bring back a local police force with just four full-time officers for our city population of 5,000 citizens....

 

Maike provides competent, trusted leadership for Mayor

Fall is here and so is election time. There are new and unknown names on the ballot. Voters should do some inquiring, a lot of study and thinking before putting pen to ballot. Some suggestions have been made about changes for the city. Have the...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Opinion    October 5, 2017

We should unite after tragic events in Las Vegas

Here we are again after another mass shooting in the United States with the events that happened in Las Vegas, Nevada on Oct. 1 during a country music festival on the Strip. The whole situation is devastating and there are no answers at this point...

 

New metal collecting machine may clean up contaminated mine waters

There is a new machine being tested in Montana which could decontaminate toxic mine tailings while recovering valuable precious minerals for everyday use. Gold, silver and other metals are essential for our cellphones, computers and electronic...

 

Urgent: Reinstate ban on assault weapons to prevent mass killings

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the over 500 victims and their families of the largest mass shooting in U.S. history last Sunday night in Las Vegas. The mass carnage made that city into what can only be described as a war zone. But our response...

 

Thank you to Medical Lake JROTC for helping at cemetery

The “old” Medical Lake Cemetery on Thorpe road is maintained by volunteers and member donations entirely. On Saturday, Sept. 16, an annual work party was held at the cemetery to prune trees, rake pine needles, clean flower beds, weed whack, mow...

 

Patriotism more than revering our national symbols

Here are some observations and thoughts on Donald Trump’s tirade against National Football League players protesting what they feel are racial injustices by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem at football games. First, let’s not lo...

 

Tax policy changes must be carefully crafted and coordinated

Key tax policies emanating from the east and west coasts are like passenger trains passing one another heading in opposite directions. One train is loaded with elected officials proposing changes to reduce taxes while the other is packed with those...

 

Being held responsible is an important educational lesson

My education has always been one of the most important things in my life. I grew up with a single mom who demonstrated that working hard and making good choices was a formula for success. Mirroring her responsibility has been the key to my own...

 

Grant article helpful in understanding street funding

I greatly appreciated the article on the front page of the Sept. 21 Cheney Free Press (“Moving on Up”) in which (Medical Lake City Administrator) Doug Ross explains how the process of obtaining grants for street repair works with respect to...

 

Many discussions needed post-Freeman

If not for the quick thinking of a school custodian, and a jammed rifle, the Sept. 13 shooting at Freeman High School could have been worse — much worse. Not to lessen the impact of one student killed, three others wounded and dozens of lives traum...

 

'What Happened' leaves key questions unanswered

It was perhaps appropriate that the release of Hillary Clinton’s book, “What Happened,” came in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey. The tour to promote the tale of arguably the most astonishing political defeat in this nation’s history...

 

Being American is about being 'US'

Say someone walks up to you, and asks you where you’re from and you say, “America, the United States.” How would you answer them if they then asked, “Describe being an American. What does that mean?” How would you answer? We hear a lot...

 

Hurricanes, fires have been devastating to United States

Hurricanes and fires have been devastating to the United States Even though the smoke seems to have cleared in the Cheney area, the damage is far from over after this disastrous summer of natural disasters. The headlines these days seem to be mainly...

 

It's imperative we learn to mitigate massive wildfire dangers

At last count firefighters were battling 82 major wildfires in 10 western states. The fires have already scorched 2,300 square miles of forests and range lands, dislocated thousands of people, and burned hundreds of homes and buildings. This has...

 

Peace in community will be celebrated at Cheney Congregational

International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, will be celebrated at Cheney Congregational Church, 423 N. Sixth St., starting with a sandwich lunch for all at noon in the fellowship hall. There will be a rededication of our peace pole which has stood vigil...

 

Feed Medical Lake says thanks to rest stop customers

Though most of the people who stopped in to the westbound Sprague rest stop Sept. 5 and Sept. 6 will not see this, I still want to send out a huge “Thank You!” Your generous donations have enabled us to not only secure meals for the Feed Medical...

 

Becker brought cool to outcasts and made mythic loserdom OK

Walter Becker passed away last Sunday, Sept. 3. Most people reading that probably think “That’s sad, but who’s Walter Becker?” Those of us in the know, well, we know. Our response would be “Have you heard of the rock band, Steely Dan?”...

 

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