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 Opinion    February 11, 2016 

It's (past) time for action on McCleary

On Jan. 25, Washington’s House of Representatives passed House Bill 2366 by a 64-34 vote, meaning there was support. According to a story by Washington Newspaper Publishers Association’s Olympia Bureau reporter Izumi Hansen, HB 2366 sets up a...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    February 11, 2016 

Oregon militants should stand down before it's too late

Sometimes there are events in life that are straight out of a television show or a movie. On Jan. 2 an armed group affiliated with the U.S. militia movement occupied the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon. This...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    February 11, 2016 

Today's railroads emphasize innovation and safety

In January, the American Association of Railroads or AAR published its first-ever state of the railroads annual report focusing on the industry’s economic value, innovations and emphasis on safety. The nation’s railroads have been around for abou...

 
 Opinion    February 11, 2016 

Congress must reject Trans-Pacific Partnership

Last June, the Republican leadership in Congress, including Cathy McMorris Rodgers, was able to pass Trade Promotion Authority that gave President Obama unconstitutional ability to regulate commerce with foreign nations including the fast tract autho...

 
 Opinion    February 4, 2016

Court needs to define 'natural-born' citizen

The following is reprinted from the Panama City (Florida) News Herald and may or may not reflect the views of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. Back in the 1970s, Dr. Pepper sought to lure us in by suggesting its consumers could be part of a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    February 4, 2016

Black History Month should encourage the study of everyone's history

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” These are the words of historian Carter G. Woodson, as quoted in the article...

 
 By HARVEY ALVY    Opinion    February 4, 2016

President Lincoln's legacy: honesty, integrity and personal example

When casually asked to define an “honest person” the logical response is, “It’s someone who tells the truth.” But when honesty is revered as a character trait we need to go beyond a simple definition and ask: What attributes do we expect...

 
 Opinion    February 4, 2016

Souper Bowl of Caring seeks to repeat last year's success

Feed Cheney will be holding our second annual fundraiser on Super Bowl Sunday — it’s called “The Souper Bowl of Caring.” Last year we met an ambitious goal of $6,000, thanks to collections taken at several Cheney churches and online...

 
 Opinion    January 28, 2016

Despite issues, charter schools need room to work

Most mid-biennial sessions in Olympia don’t end up producing much in the way of substantial, earth-shattering legislation. But thanks to a pair of Washington State Supreme Court decisions, this year’s January – March legislative get together...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    January 28, 2016

The EPA has yet another 'Oops we did it again' moment

It’s been interesting to follow the water crisis in Flint, Mich. and see where efforts to save a buck have turned to passing the buck. That city of some 100,000 has horrible problems with its water that began when in 2014 city officials chose to...

 
 Opinion    January 28, 2016

McMorris Rodgers questioned on healthcare stance

Sixty times and getting ready for number 61. Republicans have voted 60 times to repeal the law that allows healthcare for all. Cathy McMorris Rodgers stated, in a recent public meeting in Waitsburg, that people should be reflected through their...

 
 By JOE CONASON    Opinion    January 28, 2016

The man who drowned democracy with 'sewer money'

This week marked the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, which exposed American democracy to increasing domination by the country’s very richest and most reactionary figures -modern heirs to those “malefactors of great wealth”...

 
 Opinion    January 28, 2016

What are Cruz, Trump supporters thinking?

Following the Paris and San Bernardino brutal terrorist attacks, reported to be inspired, if not executed, by the Islamic state (ISIS), polls showed that the ISIS threat was uppermost in people’s minds — and understandably so. Yet when shortly...

 
 Opinion    January 21, 2016

New York example sends sin tax rationale up in smoke

The following editorial was published in the Jan. 16 Orange County Register. It does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. New York state offers a classic example of the failings of “sin taxes.”...

 
 Opinion    January 21, 2016

Violence decreasing for centuries

When our Ukrainian neighbors moved into a rundown trailer a decade ago, two large dogs started running loose on our property. Oh man, we thought, more people who move to the country and let their dogs run rampant. So we grumbled, talked to other...

 
 Opinion    January 14, 2016

Poll finds government is our biggest problem

The following editorial is reprinted from the Jan. 12 Orange County Register. It does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Cheney Free Press. For the second year in a row, government was the largest problem facing the nation,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    January 14, 2016

Condemning violence against U.S. Muslims would benefit all

On Dec. 17, 2015, Rep. Donald Beyer (D-Virginia, 8th District) introduced House Resolution 569, titled “Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.” As of Jan. 12, 107 other Democrats had signed on to...

 
 Opinion    January 14, 2016

City officials earn voters trust and honor with respect

I appreciated the Free Press article “Cheney voters choose trust and lift levy lid.” (Jan. 7) With trust there is honor. With honor there is respect. In my opinion, Proposition 1 (for continual public safety, etc.) passed because of the needs of...

 
 By Kathy Kelly    Opinion    January 14, 2016

Surveillance, surveys and answers in Kabul

In Kabul, where the Afghan Peace Volunteers have hosted me in their community, the U.S. military maintains a huge blimp equipped with cameras and computers to supply 24-hour surveillance of the city. Remotely piloted drones, operated by Air Force...

 
 Opinion    January 7, 2016

More particpation and collaboration in 2016

With a new year comes a chance for new starts and for ways we can improve from last year. Here are some things the Cheney Free Press Editorial board would like to see in 2016. First, we would like to see more participation from the community at...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    January 7, 2016

Will anyone pay the price for prisoners early release?

Just before Christmas we learned that over the past 13 years some 3,200 inmates from the Washington State Department of Corrections facilities had been prematurely released. When I heard the news, the initial thought was at least this bureaucratic sc...

 
 Opinion    December 31, 2015

More gun laws wrong response to massacre

This editorial appeared in The Orange County Register, Dec. 27, 2015. Almost all mass murders committed with guns prompt calls for tougher gun laws. The problem is, in pretty much every recent mass shooting in America, any newly proposed gun control...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    December 31, 2015

Songs bring back the many memories of Christmas

Editor’s note: Capitalization, phrasing and line breaks from John Lennon’s song “Happy Christmas” used in this column have been retained in keeping with the original meaning of the work. I’m not sure why but once I heard John Lennon’s 197...

 
 Opinion    December 31, 2015

Thank you from Feed Medical Lake

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped at Feed Medical Lake in 2015!  You put in many long hours and did a superb job. Thank you also to all who came to the meals. We greatly enjoy  your company. Please continue to join us in 2016.  Joanna...

 
 Opinion    December 31, 2015

Blessings from ML Care and Share staff

On behalf of the ladies who devote their time to the Care and Share, I would like to thank all those in Medical Lake and outlying towns, who bless us by donating their treasures for resale and support our cause through their purchases. One hundred...

 

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