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 Opinion    February 26, 2015 

U.S. should be silent partner in war against ISIS

Somebody is going to have to cut the cancer out. When it comes down to defining a strategy on how to deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or of Iraq and the Levant, depending on your preference, that statement is pretty much it in a...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    February 26, 2015 

Inslee's carbon fuels folly could halt transportation bill

You had to like that nice Christmas present, and maybe some of the extra cash with gas costing under $1.75 a gallon provided, right? I know my wife and I enjoyed saving about $300 a month from the fuel bills that were nothing short of overwhelming...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015 

Johns' proposal is not the answer

Bill Johns has argued that renovations to Cheney High School can be accomplished for $11.65 million. He presented this option to the citizens’ committee, school board and in newspapers.  The truth is that his plan is simply inadequate. While...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015 

Voting "no" is not against kids

The notion that the NO vote for the high school bond issue was a vote against kids lacks respect of possible voter wisdom, or more importantly, people’s pocketbooks. In the early 1990’s Cheney school district officials put forth a bond issue to...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015 

Students need more space

As I watched the drama performance this past Friday at Eastern’s Showalter Hall, something seemed to be not quite right. Watching my fellow high school students perform very admirably on a stage that wasn’t their own seemed again, not quite...

 
 Opinion    February 19, 2015

Yes, vaccinations do their part to help fight diseases

Vaccinations have been a hot subject over the years but it has been put at the forefront due to the recent outbreak of measles in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 121 cases of measles...

 
 Opinion    February 19, 2015

Community should show support for high school remodel

I am writing this letter to voice my sincerest concerns over the news that our Cheney School Districts bond on the latest ballot did not pass. As happy as I was to learn that our renewal Levy passed, I was heartbroken to learn that our current...

 
 Opinion    February 19, 2015

Overcrowding at the school is a big problem

I find it tremendously sad that I have to write this letter to the residents of the Cheney School District, when over the years, you have been consistently telling Cheney’s youth, “We believe you are important and worth the investment.” So what...

 
 Opinion    February 19, 2015

District should have an open discussion on bond

Sean Dotson, of the Cheney School District, was quoted in the Spokesman Review, Feb. 12 issue, “If we don’t pass it, we will have to reach out and educate about the need.” I voted against the bond with full knowledge of what is truly a...

 
 Opinion    February 19, 2015

Cheney Schools thanks community for support

Thank you so very much for your overwhelming support of our Educational Programs/Maintenance and Operations Levy! This local funding provided through the levy ensures the continuation of our programs and the staffing levels on which we rely to...

 
 Opinion    February 12, 2015

Williams' 'misremembering' is sad on many fronts

Somewhere Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley and Peter Jennings are either turning in their graves, rolling their eyes — or both. Brian Williams, the anchor and editor of NBC Nightly News, has peacock egg on his face after having been...

 
 Opinion    February 12, 2015

Make your Friendivus one that you will never forget

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Well folks, Valentine’s Day is two days away. To some people, this holiday is a concoction conceived by the candy, floral and greeting card companies on Feb. 14 to make some extra cash. For others it’s the day to...

 
 Opinion    February 12, 2015

Support state bill 5087 regarding trains

The train derailment in Cheney just weeks ago is an alarming realization that train derailments do happen — whether minor like this one or catastrophic like the one in Lac Magnetic, Quebec that killed 47 people.  With an average of 52 Burlington...

 
 Opinion    February 5, 2015

Adams has completed the mission he agreed to do

Come this Sept. 5 in Eugene, Ore. a player who’s been not just an integral part of the Eastern Washington University football team for the last three years, but more-or-less its face, could possibly be opposite his teammates and friends on the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    February 5, 2015

Seattle's loss is a chance for all-around team building

Hi. How you doing? Are you still angry? Blood pressure still up? I hope not. It’s not good for you, not a healthy thing to retain anger, hold grudges. I’ll not rehash the way last Sunday’s Super Bowl ended for our boys in the Emerald City, the...

 
 Opinion    February 5, 2015

Support Cheney bond and levy

Every now and then, we are asked to make an investment in the future for our children. Now is that time to help with the overcrowding situation at Cheney High School. Please join us in voting “Yes” for the Cheney Public School bond and levy on...

 
 Opinion    February 5, 2015

More violence creates more problems

Four weeks reading the internationally-oriented, Taipei-based China Post while visiting family in Taiwan rekindled musings on the fundamental question of whether U.S. Middle East military action creates more terrorists than it eliminates,...

 
 Opinion    February 5, 2015

Vote to support Cheney students

If you haven’t yet voted, please join me in supporting our kids by voting for the Cheney School District bond and levy. Nothing is more important to our future than a good learning opportunity and environment for our kids. Thank you. Tom Trulove...

 
 Opinion    January 29, 2015

Cheney High School needs expanding, renovations

Tuesday Feb. 10, voters in the Cheney School District will be asked to approve a 21-year construction bond for renovations to the overcrowded Cheney High School. There is no doubt the renovations, a mixture of expansion and modifications, are not...

 
 Opinion    January 29, 2015

Vote yes for Cheney and Medical Lake school levies

Half a nurse. That’s how much the state of Washington pays the Cheney School District in order to have a health care professional ready to address a sick or injured child at any one of the district’s eight schools. But in a district the size of...

 
 Opinion    January 29, 2015

Vote 'yes' for Cheney bond and levy

As a parent of three Cheney School District students as well as employee of the Cheney School District, I am encouraged by the everyday opportunities made available to both students and employees of our school district. My own children continue to...

 
 Opinion    January 29, 2015

Invest in our children's future

I am writing in support of the Medical Lake School District levy. I was an educator and coach for 44 years, 24 at Medical Lake High School. During that time, four of my six children graduated from Medical Lake High School and they were foruntate to...

 
 Opinion    January 29, 2015

Students benefit from levy dollars

As retired schoolteachers who have both taught and coached in the Cheney School District and had our sons attend school from kindergarten through high school graduation, we encourage the community to support our school district in the upcoming vote...

 
 Opinion    January 29, 2015

Community comes together for schools

Last week I had the opportunity to do phoning as a volunteer for the Committee for Support of Good Schools. I called to encourage people to vote and to vote yes twice on the Cheney School District bond and levy measures. I was pleased and encouraged...

 
 Opinion    January 29, 2015

An alternative proposal for school bond

What happened to the promise of keeping our tax rate at/or below $5 per $1,000 of assessment as we were told when we voted for the $79,000,000 bond just five years ago? With this new (Cheney High School) $44,885,830 bond the rate is projected to go...

 

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