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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Roundabouts are about going - not stopping

“I’ll be the roundabout The words will make you out ‘n’ out I spend the day your way Call it morning driving thru the sound and in and out the valley.” In 1971 while touring Scotland, the English progressive rock band Yes traveled from... Full story

 
 By DAVID WILLIAMS    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Secretary Perry's coal bailout is a raw deal for the taxpayers

An independent government agency saved Americans from a massive de facto tax hike. Energy Secretary Rick Perry had proposed a multibillion-dollar bailout of failing coal and nuclear power plants. He wanted to give these plants taxpayer-funded...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    April 19, 2018 

Stormy Daniels is an unwelcome tempest

I can’t feel sorry for Stormy Daniels. This saga shows American politics at its worse. For those who haven’t followed the scandal in detail, let me recap the sequence of events as I understand them. In 2006, a sleazy British tabloid claimed a... Full story

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    April 12, 2018

The 'Three Amigos' are united once again

Perhaps the following belongs on the sports page? Maybe in Neighbors or in obits? Or possibly nowhere on these pages? But in what I always call a “target-rich” environment for op-ed, the opportunity to reflect is a great way to shift gears, let...

 
 By EMILY VALLA    Opinion    April 12, 2018

Trustworthiness is PACE's character trait in April

Start with trust. It’s Better Business Bureau’s tagline, and consequently, the first of eight of BBB’s Standards of Trust. Trust is a buzzword, easily tossed around and much harder to define. But, it is at the core of much of what we do on a...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    April 12, 2018

Tax relief in the U.S. leaves a lot to be desired when it comes to logic

I finished my taxes a few weeks ahead of the deadline. Yippee! Now I can worry about something else. When I talk to my friends, I find I am one of the few who prepares their own tax returns. Most are afraid to make a mistake or decide not to spend...

 

Technology should not be a replacement for thinking and personal communication

I greatly appreciate the coverage that The Cheney Free Press gives each week for activities in churches here in the West Plains area. I wish more churches would participate so that we all can get to know them better. Most newspapers used to have a...

 

'Spring Thing' is right thing for ML scholarships

Medical Lake Dollars for Scholars’ “Spring Thing” scholarship fundraiser on St. Paddy’s Day was a great success thanks to so many people, organizations and companies. Many thanks to the Board and volunteers who put in many hours; our major...

 
 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...

 

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