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 Opinion    December 11, 2014 

Goodwill and caring apply to everyone

During the holidays, we like to put an emphasis on caring for our fellow men and women. Several charities throughout the United States collect gifts and food for families who don’t have all of the means to buy everything they need for Christmas....

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    December 11, 2014 

To change hearts and minds, maybe Christmas needs a seasonal shift

Christmas is my favorite time of year. The lights, the decorations and the music make for a festive atmosphere that’s invigorating and exhilarating. Usually, it can warm even the most chilled of hearts. For many, Christmas is a time of renewed hope...

 
 Opinion    December 11, 2014 

Art tour thanks community for support

It was a wonderful turn out again this year. We all received a warm reception from the people who visited us on our Studio Tour. All of the artists work hard all year at their craft hoping to achieve a higher quality and freshness to it. To share...

 
 Opinion    December 11, 2014 

Republicans should support immigration reform

So Republican House of Representatives leadership is outraged by President Obama’s executive action on immigration reform, claiming “this is not the way democracy is supposed to work.” But democracy is supposed to work by majority rule and the...

 
 Opinion    December 4, 2014

Inslee's carbon tax proposal filled with holes

In a time when drivers in the state of Washington are finally enjoying gasoline prices under $3 a gallon, and still falling, Gov. Jay Inslee thinks adding up to $1 to that price is a good idea. Why when it’s the most affordable time to fill our tan...

 
 Opinion    December 4, 2014

Over 450 walkers, joggers or runners particpate in Turkey Trot

On behalf of the Cheney High School cross country program, we would like to thank the community of Cheney for their support of our 7th annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. There were over 450 walkers, joggers or runners present for this...

 
 Opinion    December 4, 2014

Cheney should invest in a park and ride

I have read several letters to the editor complaining about bad driving and parking in Cheney since the school year has began. The authors place the blame for congestion, increased accidents and lack of parking for students attending Eastern...

 
 Opinion    December 4, 2014

Don't text and drive

According to distraction.gov, 3,328 people were killed in car accidents involving distracted driving in 2012. That’s less than a hundred fewer than the year before and those numbers don’t even touch the 421,000 injuries resulting from distracted...

 
 Opinion    December 4, 2014

People should be considerate of each other's feelings

Since I started living in Cheney about two years ago, I have noticed one overwhelming thing: people have the wrong view of people from the Middle East. Every day I hear someone refer to how different they are or how weird they look. Too many times...

 
 Opinion    November 27, 2014

The continuing creep of Christmas blurs holiday season

Christmas in July. It’s a familiar phrase sometimes heard in the middle of summer when good fortune shines down upon someone. But it’s unlikely to occur here as it actually does in the Southern Hemisphere where the seasons flip flop. Our summer...

 
 Opinion    November 27, 2014

Caring for our community - including our four legged friends

By NANCY HILL Contributor Every day when I come home from work my dog Zoey meets me at the door. I adopted her from SCRAPS last year, when she was only 5 weeks old. Her mother was killed and she was abandoned along with her littermates. A Good...

 
 Opinion    November 27, 2014

Letters

Cheney Outreach can use your help By now you’ve probably seen some of the many decorated collection boxes around Cheney. Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids, a program of Cheney Outreach, works hard to see that no child in Cheney goes without...

 
 By Al Stover    Opinion    November 20, 2014

Lessons I learned while I wore a wrestling singlet

Sometimes it’s difficult to pin down a subject that you want to write about and your muse advises you to dig into the memory banks and churn out a story before deadline. I like to call these “reflective commentaries” where I look back on one...

 
 Opinion    November 20, 2014

Celebrate and learn about Native American heritage

November is Native American Heritage Month, something that ought to receive more public attention in this area given our many ties to Native American culture. Native American Heritage Month began as American Indian Day in 1912 when Dr. Arthur C....

 
 Opinion    November 13, 2014

Charitable acts need focus on developing skills, identifying resources

Several residents of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., gather in a public park to serve food to some hungry homeless individuals. Would this be considered an act of charity or a crime? Three of those residents — Arnold Abbott, and two south Florida ministers ...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    November 13, 2014

When elections are about domination, politics is no longer healthy

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found elections becoming ever more exhausting with each cycle. The nastiness, the bitterness, the name calling, the subtle and sometimes not so subtle insinuations of dark motive and agenda, the fear mongering,...

 
 Opinion    November 13, 2014

Annual community coat drive successful

It will be a warmer winter for many area families this year. The 18th annual Community Coat Drive was a wonderful success, with 311 coats collected locally and 238 coats distributed at four sites, Sunset Elementary, Salnave Elementary, Westwood...

 
 Opinion    November 13, 2014

Republicans keep Court decision alive

Last September not one Republican senator voted for a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Republican-leaning Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision and allow Congress and states to limit the amount and secrecy of money raised...

 
 Opinion    November 13, 2014

Increased deer population impacts city

Medical Lake, has had a problem concerning the deer population in its city limits for several years. Deer are nonchalantly roaming the city limits, eating all vegetation and, unfortunately, getting hit by drivers commuting in and out of town. The...

 
 Opinion    November 6, 2014

Focus on the flu, get your vaccination

Flu season has begun, yet there hasn’t been the normal concern for the virus that there usually is at this time of the year. For several months, Americans have been concerned with the threat of the Ebola virus. Since the media announced that two...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    November 6, 2014

Some clocks just can't be reset when the time changes

There it was, that familiar thump in the night. I rolled over in the bed in the darkness this past Sunday to check the time on my phone. A touch of the “on” button and 4:22 a.m. flashed back at me. While still groggy from being roused out of a...

 
 Opinion    November 6, 2014

Near accident on Halloween night

Halloween, a night my children have been looking forward to for many weeks was almost cut short with tragedy. While crossing North Sixth Street in Cheney, near the CHS baseball field, approximately 5:45 in the evening, a vehicle with at least two...

 
 By PHIL KIVER    Opinion    November 6, 2014

On a recent visit to the veteran's hall

The ranks of our nation's veterans ebb and flow like the tides. World War II vets die at an unstoppable rate. The current war on terror adds daily to the number of our nation's heroes. West Africa,...

 
 Opinion    November 6, 2014

School district should consider privacy of all students

How did we come to this? State law says that schools cannot discriminate on bases of sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. It is a good law except when it violates common sense and the rights of others. Cheney School...

 
 Opinion    October 30, 2014

The Free Press keeps you in touch with your community

This issue of the Cheney Free Press is being hand-delivered to over 2,000 students in the Cheney School District this week. We plan to do the same in the near future in Medical Lake. The reason we are taking this step is no secret at all. The Free...

 

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