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Brown will address both guns and mental health

So the National Rifle Association and its Republican puppets, such as our own Cathy McMorris Rodgers, think the best way of counteracting terrorism, including school shootings, is improving mental health conditions rather than limiting gun...

 

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Cheney Outreach Center launches school supply drive While the start of school is still over a month away, parents and children are already in search of new school supplies. Cheney’s Outreach Center is asking for donations of new and unused school...

 
 By GRACE POHL    Opinion    July 5, 2018

July is moving month for this young reporter

It is crazy to me that we are already halfway through the year and that it is now July. This will personally be a big month for me as I move across the country to Knoxville Tenn., at the end of the month. As I realized that I will be moving from my...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    July 5, 2018

Jetsons cartoon robots now reality in fast-food business

By DON C. BRUNELL Contributor The Jetsons television series about a space-age family featuring “Rosey the Robot” gave us a preview of life with robots, kiosks and interactive television. In 1962, it was a fictitious cartoon; however, in 2018,...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    July 5, 2018

In this country, when in doubt - sue someone

Our governor and attorney general are at it again. They decided to sue the president over his policy to separate the children of illegal immigrants when the parents are detained. The paperwork was prepared and ready to submit when the president...

 

Family is all that most immigrants have

Most Americans cannot relate to the lives of our sisters and brothers who live in Third World countries. Though only occasionally traveling overseas, we often select Europe as our destination — a cruise on the  Danube or a trip to Italy. Thus,...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Open primaries could move us to the middle

I frequently decompress by laying back in my overstuffed recliner as I read the paper. I was doing fine until a sentence in a nationally syndicated column caught my eye and raised my blood pressure. This well known columnist said he didn’t want to...

 
 By ANDREW MOSS    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Time and imagination help understand immigration in America

There is a certain tyranny to the 24-hour news cycle, a specific grip on human awareness and attention. We have been rightly consumed by the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant parents from their children, and the media have been fi...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    June 28, 2018

Reflections on our American values

It doesn’t matter which side of the political spectrum you’re on, everyone talks about “American values.” What does this phrase mean? It could mean different things to different people. It could mean something different depending on the...

 
 By Paul Delaney    Opinion    June 21, 2018

'Life is good today, Life is good today'

Personally, there’s nothing like the crashing waves, the bubbling of a moving river or the pure solitude of a high mountain meadow to be able to reflect. While many seek church, I’m sold on God’s creations in Mother Nature. As those waves...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 21, 2018

Trump may be unorthodox, but he's often right

It is popular to pick on our president. He makes it so easy that anyone can do it. The recent meeting with the North Korean dictator should have been praiseworthy, but president Trump’s unorthodox leadership style brought criticism instead. I have...

 

Planned Parenthood had bipartisan support

Yesterday, June 11, I read an interesting fact: “In 1964 Dwight D. Eisenhower and Harry S. Truman became honorary chairmen of Planned Parenthood.” In 1968, President Nixon called population growth “one of the most serious challenges to human...

 

Teacher unions have brought many benefits

In a May 10, Cheney Free Press column, Frank Watson wrote an opinion piece about the problems he found with teachers in public schools. His observations are based on his several years of teaching and biased by his personal background. My comments...

 

Time for unified fireworks display in Medical Lake

The Fourth of July will soon be here once again. Few people really know much about the actual history of how the original colonies declared their freedom from being ruled by England and all that was involved. We need much more education about the...

 

Cheney Outreach is separate, serves community

The Cheney Outreach Center is a separate 501c3 agency not affiliated with the Cheney Community Service Council or Cheney’s Food Bank’s individual 501c3 status. Donations made to Cheney Food Bank can only be used by the food bank and not...

 

Don't condemn pit bulls, educate owners

In response to the letter about banning pit bulls (Cheney Free Press, June 7). I’ve worked with them in stressful shelter situations, and found them to be just like any other dog. How their owners treated/trained them greatly influences how they wi...

 
 By GRACE POHL    Opinion    June 14, 2018

Graduation is a time for reflection

I could sit here and write about politics this week since there seems to be a lot going on, but I just really don’t enjoy diving into that. And who wants to really and truly read about it? Not me. So I am going to talk about graduation and the...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 14, 2018

Plastic straws are public enemy number one

By FRANK WATSON Contributor Seattle is leading the effort to save our planet from ourselves. They have joined Portland and a host of California cities in the battle against plastic drinking straws. A school boy noticed discarded straws outside fast...

 

Who benefits from the 'Booming Economy?'

Although the U.S. mass media are awash with stories about America’s “booming economy” the benefits are distributed very unequally, when they are distributed at all.  Buoyed by soaring corporate profits and stock prices, the richest Americans h...

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Isn't Mother Nature good enough to lead?

There’s a saying, “You are what you eat.” In this case, our daily news diet. Currently, our intake seems to be all Trump, and almost exclusively Trump. Even if something comes up that takes our attention away from the current White House...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 7, 2018

'Everybody knows that' is no substitute for good, hard facts

I am usually fairly easy to get along with. I accept most things, even dumb things, without getting my dander up. But, when presented with unsupported claims based on widespread rumors, I have been known to lose my patience. I was venting the other...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Straw pulp looks like a win-win proposition for everyone

Here’s a switch! Rather than closing another pulp and paper mill, a new one is under construction right here in Washington. Columbia Pulp’s plant on the Snake River will use a new technology that pulls cellulose out of the abundant straw left...

 

Cheney should take measures on pit-bulls

Pit-bull owners say their dogs are just loving and loyal. But if your neighbor owns one you might have a different opinion. In the duplex across the alley from our home, tenants recently came with two pit-bull puppies. They seem obedient to their...

 

Why I support Dave Wilson in the Sixth

I am writing in support of Dave Wilson, my choice for the open seat in Spokane’s 6th legislative district. Dave has the passion and commitment to serve with distinction. He has lived in the district for over 35 years, raised all six of his kids...

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion    June 7, 2018

Hitting the hot spots

A Spokane County Fire District 3 brush truck applies water to some spot fires that broke out on Interstate 90 between the Cheney/Four Lakes and Medical Lake exits last Wednesday morning. Emergency...

 

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