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Is there a better time of the year around here?

Is there a better time of the year here? Another football season got its official start Aug. 3 with the first day of the sweating, swearing, grunting and groaning from players, and the barking from coaches at Eastern Washington University. The dog...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    August 10, 2017 

The new normal surrounding our water supplies

Welcome to the new normal. It’s one of those phrases that’s beginning to annoy me, partly because it gets used a lot lately. It’s right up there with “What is it about (insert object here) that we don’t understand?” Or, “How’s that...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    August 10, 2017 

Sudden deaths took a trio of state's business, ag leaders

So far this year, a trio of unexpected deaths has shocked Washington business and agriculture. Melanie Dressel, Ron Reimann and Jeff Brotman leave behind large shoes to fill. They came from vastly different backgrounds and political perspectives,...

 

ML Tennis-A-Thon says thank you

The 24 Hour Tennis-A-Thon committee would like to thank the sponsors for another successful year. This year we were able to bring in $5,000 to support the Medical Lake Food Bank, Outreach Program and high school tennis teams. This event is successful...

 

Race to toll likely to clip Washington drivers

In 2014, President Barrack Obama opened the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways. This year Oregon lawmakers, much to the chagrin of Washington drivers and truckers, unilaterally took advantage of the new funding opportunity....

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    August 3, 2017

Sad numbers come out of primary vote totals

I’m a numbers guy. We’re not talking the bank account kind either. When it comes to making sure every penny in the monthly credit union statement is accounted for, close is good enough. Certain kinds of figures intrigue me and get my Q & A pot si...

 

Solution for dams is common sense for the Northwest

There’s good news for the Pacific Northwest and the federal hydrosystem that powers it. Inland Power supports our legislators in their effort to save the dams and protect our natural, renewable and affordable energy source. Key members of our...

 

Roberts maintains grace under pressure

The July 18 Medical Lake City council meeting had a full house. All went fine until the second reading of a proposed code on fire pits was scheduled to be read. At the June meeting, Councilwoman Jessica Roberts made a motion to table the proposal...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Opinion    July 27, 2017

Introducing me: Grace Pohl, reporter

I figured as my first column in Write to the Point, I should introduce myself and give some background on my life. My name is Grace Pohl and I graduated from Cheney High School in 2015. Because of...

 

Liquefied natural gas better for maritime, and people

There is an old saying: Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good. That is important to remember when it comes to improving our air quality. While some activists want to eliminate all fossil fuels used on the waterfront, it is not possible...

 
 By MEL GURTOV    Opinion    July 27, 2017

Jared Kushner and national security are at odds with each other

Jared Kushner’s latest revision of his financial picture reveals a very wealthy man, and couple, who continue to profit enormously from the Trump presidency. But beyond the numbers lies the fact that Kushner, like his father-in-law, seems...

 

Miller has earned public trust to be judge

We may disagree, from time to time, on politics. However, we agree and trust that J. Scott Miller is the best candidate for Spokane County Superior Court. Miller has defined himself as a highly qualified lawyer over the past thirty years. His whol...

 

Blanket thieves should turn in what they took

I am way beyond anger with the insensitive, greedy, thieves who stole three Costco blankets — the purple one was the wife’s favorite; the long one for her tall husband; the third one for their granddaughter who overnights with them often —...

 

Support Maike for Medical Lake mayor

I am a strong supporter of Shirley Maike for mayor of Medical Lake. Shirley has far more experience and expertise than the other two candidates. I have seen her at work in budget and council meetings. Shirley has had a large part in keeping Medical...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    July 20, 2017

Putting community into community newspapers

In my June 20 column I spoke of changes coming to the Cheney Free Press. I also asked a question of you: What do you value about news? More on the latter in a minute. In that column I noted that the newspaper that has been serving the West Plains...

 
 By JEFF STIER    Opinion    July 20, 2017

U.S. Senate misstep will cost jobs and slow energy production

The Senate just failed to roll back an Obama-era regulation that will discourage energy production, cost millions of dollars and kill thousands of American jobs. The rule, issued in the eleventh hour of the Obama presidency by the Bureau of Land...

 
 By LAURA FINLEY    Opinion    July 20, 2017

Being too much is sometimes just what is needed

Some people are just too much, as the story goes. Or too “extra,” in the parlance of today’s youth. That is, they are more than the status quo can take. They challenge the norms, they are unapologetic, and instead of rejecting it, as is often...

 

Together we can - elect Laura Parsons

Listening to all the students, business owners and community members over the last several years has become something I personally enjoy. It’s just who I am. Randy and I have operated our farm/ranch in the Medical Lake community all of our married...

 

Maike most qualified candidate for mayor

Soon the people of Medical Lake will be casting their votes for the most qualified candidate for mayor. I am endorsing and supporting Shirley Maike for this position. I have known her for 42 years. She is the most qualified and competent person to...

 

Maike will protect city finances and protections

I am endorsing Shirley Maike for mayor of Medical Lake. She is competent, knowledgeable and the only candidate who is qualified to be mayor.  A vote for Shirley will ensure our city will continue to run smoothly, our finances will stay in the...

 

Water plan must account for current residents

Cheney Planning Commission: Up until the last decade we experienced no water problems in the summer in Cheney.  During that time, a tremendous number of newly built structures, apartments, duplexes and single family homes have been built within the...

 

Too many no-win scenarios with North Korea

A recent survey noted people who could find North Korea on a map were more inclined to support diplomatic resolutions to the nuclear weapons crisis surrounding that isolated totalitarian state, while those who didn’t know where it was were likely...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    July 13, 2017

The Apple harvest has been pretty phenomenal

While having to dodge yet another phone-fixated robot stepping off the curb recently, it got me thinking. Just when did the world seem to turn the page from gazing intently into a 4-inch by 2-inch piece of plastic to noticing if two tons of steel...

 

Fireworks in Medical Lake must be banned

The Fourth of a July was very bad for many in Medical Lake. I live on the east end of Campbell Street, which dead ends into a nature preserve area that is full of trees, highly combustible brush and pine needles. Many people discharged fireworks here...

 

Many questions about Parkside Commons

Dear City Council members: Regarding the proposed rezone (Parkside Commons) at the corner adjacent to the city pool. How is this good for Cheney’s constituents? How will this serve the neighbors in the area? What positive elements will be brought...

 

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