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 Opinion    June 23, 2016 

Beyond the fears, there are advantages to STEP

June 7 and 8 were a couple of banner days for the Spokane Tribe of Indians. On June 7, they received word they had been designated a Promise Zone by the federal government, a move putting them near the top of the list when they apply for economic...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    June 23, 2016 

Priggee should not just be seen, but heard too

The images of political cartoonist Milt Priggees are seen regularly on the pages of the Cheney Free Press in the opinion section. The real Priggee, however, showed up June 9 to present lectures entitled “Cartooning in the Evergreen State.” His...

 
 Opinion    June 23, 2016 

Dave Wilson is an alternative to establishment politics

As a lifelong Republican, I reject Donald Trump and what he stands for: racism, xenophobia, nativism and contempt for women, the disabled and other groups. Rather than adhere to our party’s conservative principles and state a clear program, he off...

 
 Opinion    June 23, 2016 

Sanders supporters urged to rally to Hillary Clinton

A shout out to fellow Bernie supporters! We have had a big disappointment, but it is not wasted effort. Many people have been moved, new ideas have been heard, thoughts are percolating that have not been on the radar. He, and many of you, have spent...

 
 Opinion    June 16, 2016

Gender concepts too much for young students

There is a buzz going about the Washington state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction adding concepts like gender identity, expression and roles to its curriculum guidelines for the K-12 Health and Physical Education Learning Standards....

 
 Opinion    June 16, 2016

Use love and respect to fight the hate in the world

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter I’m sure by now everyone has heard about the shooting at the Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, Fla., where 49 people were shot and killed, and 53 were injured. Many are calling the Pulse shooting the worst terror attac...

 
 Opinion    June 16, 2016

Initiative would protect grandparents' relationship

Grandparents by the thousands are grieving today because they haven’t been able to see their grandchildren through no fault of their own. As of 2000, Washington state hasn’t had any law to protect the bonded relationship between grandparents and...

 
 Opinion    June 16, 2016

McMorris Rodgers should have said 'no' to Trump

Cathy McMorris Rodgers recently announced on her Facebook site that she was “not exactly” enthusiastic casting her ballot for Donald Trump in the recent primary given her concerns about Trump’s “comments on women, people with disabilities...

 
 Opinion    June 9, 2016

Nation's health insurance is still one big mess

Want to start a lively and passionate discussion? Dumb question these days when the 2016 presidential election contains all the elements necessary for a debate. Nope, one need only mention, as Wikipedia calls it, “the Patient Protection and...

 
 Opinion    June 9, 2016

Learning about your past takes knowledge, interaction

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor I was blessed with parents who were active, strong and engaged readers and who encouraged the development and refinement of that trait in their children. That’s where my love of history started. But it was more than just...

 
 Opinion    June 9, 2016

Cutting Social Security not the answer to budget woes

The Cheney Free Press of May 26, 2016 printed a guest commentary by Don C. Brunell, retired Pption of Washington Business. As expected of Mr. Brunell, his commentary presented the usual Republican rubric that the national debt must be reduced and...

 
 Opinion    June 9, 2016

Matching websites available for prospective volunteers

Thank you for the excellent editorial about volunteering and volunteerism (Cheney Free Press, June 2). We are blessed in the West Plains with so many able and willing volunteers. Some resources for local volunteer opportunities are: justserve.org...

 
 Opinion    June 2, 2016

Events don't happen without volunteers

During the recently completed Cheney Mayfest celebration, the 3-on-3 basketball tournament was in jeopardy, lacking volunteers for important positions such as scorekeepers and courtside monitors. But then players and parents from the Cheney High Scho...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    June 2, 2016

Riding the customer service merry-go-round

Tom Davis, where were you when the big mega-cable folks first came to Spokane in the 1970s? Oh, I forgot, you just told me you were staking your territory out here on the West Plains where your tech support is within driving distance. Or on the...

 
 Opinion    May 26, 2016

Fear keeps us from learning about each other

There is a lot of talk, some of it emotionally charged, these days about where people are allowed to go to the bathroom. This talk is focused on transgender individuals, people who are born physically of one sex yet identify as the other. It’s a co...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 26, 2016

Now is the time to deal with our national debt

By DON C. BRUNELL Contributor Now that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are certain to be the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates, it is time for them to deal with our national debt. Our nation is on an unsustainable borrowing...

 
 Opinion    May 26, 2016

Thanks from ML Food Bank

The citizens of Medical Lake came through again. The Post Office had a food drive and our shelves are stocked. Thank you to all who contributed and to the drivers who picked up the sacks of food on their routes. The Medical Lake Food Bank    Joyce...

 
 Opinion    May 19, 2016

Every elderly person deserves the same respect and care

In the Associated Press’ May 8 story “Nursing homes turn to eviction to drop difficult patients,” readers learn that nursing homes in different parts of the country are — as the article put it — “increasingly evicting their most...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    May 19, 2016

Wait to get behind the wheel after using marijuana

I came across a couple of reports that had to do with automobile accidents and marijuana use. According to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “the percentage of drivers in fatal crashes who recently used marijuana more than doubled...

 
 By TED BLASZAK    Opinion    May 19, 2016

Please help save the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

I am from Tekoa, Washington (population 843). We are your neighbors to the south. Though we are a small farming community on the Washington-Idaho border we are connected to many bigger cities by the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. If you were to leave...

 
 Opinion    May 19, 2016

Thank you for successful book sale

Thank you to everyone who purchased items at the Cheney Friends of the Library book sale during Mayfest. Also special thanks to members and parents of West Plains Kidz and Chickz 4-H for providing essential help setting up and taking down the...

 
 Opinion    May 19, 2016

Listen to Dave Wilson, he listens to you

I am a voter from the 5th Congressional District of Washington (Spokane County) who has been totally disgusted with Congress. The Republican and Democratic representatives who are pulling in six-figure salaries with lots of benefits (taxpayer...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    May 12, 2016

Undercover CEOs get a chance to learn value of employees

One of the highest rated television programs during Super Bowl week last February was “Undercover Boss.” According to the Nielsen ratings, it drew 6.8 million viewers. By contrast, the “Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows” had 5.72 million. Vi...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    May 12, 2016

Are you practicing what your bumper sticker preaches?

So there I was a couple Friday mornings ago, driving along Government Way in Spokane heading to work. A dark gray Subaru wagon-type car had been dogging my rear ever since I turned onto the road off Fort George Wright Way, heading past the...

 
 Opinion    May 12, 2016

StageWest Community Theatre enjoys success with 'Getting Sara Married'

StageWest Community Theatre wrapped up its 2015-2016 season this last weekend with the last three performances of “Getting Sara Married” by Sam Bobrick and directed by Chris Booth. The weekend performances had full audiences and were well...

 

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