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 By Grace Pohl    Opinion    April 5, 2018

Grad school in Tennessee is next stop for me

It has been over a month now since I found out about getting accepted into graduate school, so I think it is finally safe to talk – or write – about it. I was kind of undecided on what I wanted to do after graduating Eastern Washington...

 

Water pressure mounting in West as population goes up

As we deal with our population growth, we must address sufficient supplies of drinkable fresh water for residential, commercial, agriculture, fisheries and industrial needs. Not only will our numbers continue to climb, but so will competing pressures...

 

Cheers and Jeers

Jeers Jeers to the thieves seen taking my trailer and a load of stuff 1:30 a.m. on March 20. Driving a 1994 Chevy Suburban Idaho plate ILOVEU. Please email one cheer and/or one jeer to jmac@cheneyfreepress.com. Space is limited, so we ask you keep...

 

The benefits of football exceed the risk of it

I have followed Mark Rypien’s denunciation of the NFL, and football in general, as the cause of his mental illness. I have no doubt that his condition is genuine, and there may be some merit to his claims; the courts think so anyway. His lawsuit...

 

McMorris Rodger's breakfast was a happy event

I was glad to attend Cathy McMorris Rodger’s “Top O’ The Morning Breakfast” on Thursday, March 29, at the Grand Davenport Hotel. I was very happy that Cathy had copies of the Constitution placed at every place setting. While there, I was...

 

March for Our Lives is democracy in action

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with three Cheney High School students who are involved in the student-led movement that emerged in response to the shootings at Marjory Stoneman High School in Parkland, Fla. Feb. 14. The three...

 

A forgotten side of the Alamo can be seen in Washington State

Most of the 2.5 million annual Alamo visitors focus on the epic 1836 battle in which a small band of brave Texans was eventually overrun by the Mexican army. Folk heroes like Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Travis were among the Texans killed...

 
 By Frank Watson    Opinion    March 29, 2018

The answer to gun control is stop the violence

I have watched with interest as students across the country demonstrated to bring attention to the rising number of senseless school shootings. The national media reported these demonstrations as anti-gun protests. I listened closely to student...

 
 By Anna Johnson    Opinion    March 29, 2018

Working lands and crop insurance offers Farm Bill

Many issues surrounding conservation are decided at the time of farm bill renewal. Working lands conservation programs in the farm bill offer an important opportunity for farmers and ranchers to increase stewardship on their land without impacting...

 

'VolunBeer' helps take a bite out of hunger

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter Pick a week and the jury of studies is either in or out on the benefits of any number of products or activities. On a rotating basis — whose frequency varies as widely as results of studies presented — data will...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 22, 2018

The proposed capital gains tax is a bad idea for everyone involved

I was concerned when the state Senate seat in rural King County went to a Democrat, giving them a one vote majority as well as control of the House and governor’s office. The liberals are now unencumbered in their self-appointed mission to see how...

 

We can help eliminate nuclear weapons by divesting from them

We will not invest in our annihilation. Now we can avoid it. Our world and everything we care about is threatened every moment of every day by nuclear weapons, either by intent, accident, miscalculation or cyber-attack. These weapons, though now...

 

Time, location of Feed Cheney clarified

Thank you so much for your recent article highlighting resources available to Cheney families (“Charitable Confusion,” Cheney Free Press, March 1). Having served on the community service council for many years as a Cheney School District...

 

People need to knaow there is a difference between socialism and social programs

The March 8, 2018 Cheney Free Press contained a guest opinion concerning “Argentina’s Socialism.” Unfortunately, people do not understand the difference between socialism and social programs. Socialism is an economic system where the workers...

 

Truman compared to Trump: Truman wins

I was in the Navy in 1945. Franklin Delano Roosevelt passed away and Vice President Harry S. Truman was suddenly president after only eight months in office. He felt the weight of the world on his shoulders. President Truman entered the White House w...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Opinion    March 15, 2018

Pacific Northwest is one of the best coffee spots in the U.S.

I spend too much money on coffee, it is a fact and I think it will always be that way. But I just can’t help but love drinking one every day whether it is from a Keurig at home or at that place called Starbucks. Before college, I wasn’t as...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    March 15, 2018

Oscar in Argentina says cronyism is the problem in their country

During our recent trip through the wine country of Argentina, I became friends with our guide, Oscar. Oscar is an interesting guy. His first real job was as a newspaper columnist for a large daily in Mendoza. In 1983 he wrote a piece criticizing...

 

Two out of three oppose more U.S. military spending and we still spend

Early this February, the Republican-controlled Congress passed and President Donald Trump signed new federal budget legislation that increased U.S. military spending by $165 billion over the next two years. Remarkably, though, a Gallup public...

 

Gun control skirts around the real issue of how to deal with dysfunctional people

To make progress in preventing guns from killing people we need to develop a plan to determine how people become dysfunctional. We spend millions on forensic science to determine when and who kills someone. We spend next to nothing on applied...

 

Lisa Brown will represent us in Congress, not the specail interest groups special interests

I am hungry for the good old days when our representatives represented us not special interests; for a time when civility was the order of the day and people in government had a purpose to serve honorably, not to line their pockets at our expense. I...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    March 8, 2018

Charitable donations help others, and possibly you

One of the sights making a huge impression on me during my 11 years living in Seattle wasn’t the snail’s pace of traffic, the high-price of housing — even back then in the 1990s — or Mount Rainier rising majestically in the south. What made a...

 

When America's leaders fly, America's leaders are flying Boeing

It now looks like Boeing will add at least two more aircraft to the U.S. Air Force fleet which flies our country’s leaders around the world. They are the most recognizable — the 747s traditionally called “Air Force One.” The recent news that...

 

Argentina's socialism experiment yields uncertain economy

By FRANK WATSON Contributor My wife and I just got home from a winter vacation in Argentina. It was a great trip. I learned more about the southern hemisphere than I thought I ever would. We went fishing for a week in the largest swamp in the world a...

 

A kind word might be the first thing said when encountering a disturbed person

We often hear, “If you see something, say something.” I agree, but who should I say something to and what should I say? If I see a disturbed person, I think that my first impulse should be to speak to that person to let them know I see them as a...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    March 1, 2018

Way too many questions, but far too few answers

Questions, questions, questions and yet still no answers. What is it about the most recent school shooting — at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. over two weeks ago on Valentine’s Day — that has sent the usual week-long...

 

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