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 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Opinion    August 9, 2018 

Back in town: Talbot joins Free Press

Driving across the mountains and entering the West Plains felt to me like the whole world had heaved a sigh of relief. Out from under concrete skyscrapers and away from bumper-to-bumper traffic, moving back to Eastern Washington was as much of a...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    August 9, 2018 

Law enforcement should be pursuing phantom scammers

Last week my wife and I both received scam attempts. The scammers didn’t get any money from us, but they did cause some inconvenience. In some way that I don’t pretend to understand, they hacked into my wife’s computer, locked it up and demande... Full story

 

Thanks Medical Lake for a successful Tennis-A-Thon

I would first like to thank our committee members, Sharon Lemaster, Glenda Haugen, Dawn Eliliasen, Jake Wesselman, Ivanna Lomas and Robert Haugen for all their help and time to create a successful 21st year of the 24-Hour Medical Lake Tennis-A-Thon....

 

McMorris Rodgers, GOP target Social Security funds

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is after $2.9 trillion of our Social Security money. She is now on record as being in support of stealing $2.9 trillion of the American people’s earned Social Security benefits. When Social Security runs a surplus, Social...

 

West Plains Angels event raises $1,120 for locals

Our “Christmas in July” fundraising event at the Medical Lake Pizza Factory was a great success. Angels, a Roman Centurion (to deal with any bullies) and Rudolph were all in attendance. The former mayor of Cheney, Allan Gainer, was our...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    August 2, 2018

Media to Trump: 'You're just so mean'

One of the many scripts that recycle themselves and play out randomly these days in the media is how they are treated so horribly by President Donald Trump. Those poor 90-pound weaklings are constantly getting bullied and having sand kicked in their...

 

Cementing radioactive waste could save U.S. billions

Since 2002, the U.S. Deptartment of Energy has funded construction of a $17 billion project to encase radioactive wastes in solid glass logs. It is scheduled to start operations in 2022 and treat more than 56 million gallons of hazardous liquids whic...

 

Americans are overfed and undernourished - multivitamins can help

Americans are eating more than ever. Today, the average adult consumes about 3,700 calories per day. That’s nearly 30 percent more than we ate in 1961 — and about double what’s recommended. Despite these calories, tens of millions of Americans...

 

Thanks for flying our flag

Thank you to the businesses and residences who fly our country’s flag, “Old Glory,” especially on Independence Day.  Judy Bridges Cheney...

 

Brown's no vote led to a safer community protection law

Voters in Washington’s 5th Congressional District have seen Cathy McMorris-Rodger’s ad regarding Lisa Brown’s vote on community protection zones. It is at best disingenuous. McMorris Rodgers is correct when she says that Brown opposed a...

 
 By GRACE POHL    Opinion    July 26, 2018

Amazon replacing libraries is ridiculous

Everyone probably knows by now that Amazon is coming to the West Plains area – unless you are living under a rock. But that isn’t the real reason why I bring up the powerhouse company. On Saturday, July 21, Forbes posted quite the controversial...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    July 26, 2018

The children in the United States are our future now

My niece and nephew recently came to visit from the Midwest. They had never seen this part of the world, and I thought they would be impressed with the variety of ecosystems in Eastern Washington. Thus, I was a bit surprised when their initial...

 

Fearful for the survival of Democracy

If you read the actual transcripts of Trump and Putin’s press conference following the Helsinki Summit, the first thing that may occur to you is that President Trump cannot express a coherent thought. The second, and by far the more troubling...

 

Cathy McMorris Rodgers represents ME

I am a working mother, wife, and city council woman. Cathy McMorris Rodgers represents ME on many fronts. She co-sponsored the bill that extended the Federal Perkins Loan program for need-based students. Without programs like this, our son would not...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    July 19, 2018

Operation Success was really a failure

I’m going to tell you a story. It’s a story about “Operation Success.” Never heard of it? You’re probably not alone. Most of the millions of people in the United States don’t know the tale of how our State Department and the Central...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    July 19, 2018

You need a reservation to enjoy the lazy days of summer

We had a cold wet spring. I don’t know whether to blame global warming or Donald Trump, but it sure was hard on my garden. I didn’t think my corn was ever going to come up. I am glad warm weather has finally arrived. I became aware of the...

 

Dave Wilson understands education, educators

This week ballots are being mailed for the primary election. As retired educators, we strongly support Dave Wilson as representative for the 6th legislative district. Dave has been a business and education consultant for the past six years....

 

Sutton Park adds to reunion experience

The venue for our recent Craner family reunion was our Cheney Sutton Park, the crown jewel of the municipal parks of Cheney. We had a total of 83 attendees, family and friends from as far away as Kansas and the west coast of Washington, plus one dog...

 

McMorris Rodgers represents middle class, unity

I am not your typical Republican. When I was younger I always considered myself an independent and as I have matured, I have found myself becoming more and more conservative.   I have no personal connection to Cathy McMorris Rodgers. I knew that...

 

Cheney would benefit from having a dog park

I’m writing in response to the article about the Cheney dog park in the July 5 issue of the Cheney Free Press. I believe Cheney could really benefit form a dog park. My dog, Lucy, loves running free and socializing with other dogs. According to...

 

Lisa Brown opens Cheney campaign office

Cheney now has a Lisa Brown for Congress office at 1010 First St., Suite A, directly across First Street from the Farmers Market at Cheney Marketplace. The office is usually staffed by volunteers Monday – Friday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Stop by...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    July 12, 2018

What'll it be, good stewards or bad slumlords?

Peering across seemingly endless miles of forestland from the rim of Oregon’s Crater Lake can certainly take one’s breath away. But so can stories and statistics about when that green turns to grey after the invasion of wildfire. That thought...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Even if you don't like him, get your information right about Trump

I read a recent syndicated column blaming President Donald Trump for the recent shooting in the newsroom in Annapolis. Whoa! That is a stretch. The president has certainly been critical of the national press, but his opinion surely didn’t incite...

 
 By BASMA ISMAIL    Opinion    July 12, 2018

Putting guns in classrooms would only incite additional violence

On May 22, 2014, Donald Trump announced to the world via his Twitter account that Hillary Clinton accused him of wanting to bring guns into classrooms. Almost four years later, Trump tried to convince us that arming teachers while on school grounds...

 

Government fails promoting 'the General Welfare'

I am complementing John McCallum on his superlative Write to the Point column, “Reflections on our American Values,” appearing in the Cheney Free Press of June 28, 2018. In particular, his quoting of the Preamble to the Constitution is the most...

 

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