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 By Grace Pohl    Opinion    February 22, 2018 

Try to support those little bands in the music world

I am all about discovering some new and good country music. And at the end of 2016, I found my favorite country band to date when I attended an Old Dominion concert at the Knitting Factory in downtown Spokane. I had heard a few of their songs on the...

 

Military leaders can help transform education in our country

Do good military commanders make good education leaders? That is a question which Montana’s Higher Education Commission will answer in the coming years. However, if the new University of Montana president follows the pattern set by former Seattle...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    February 22, 2018 

We need to save humanity in order to save this planet of ours

I drove over to Wenatchee last week for a meeting. As is normal for me when I travel alone, I enjoyed the countryside and day-dreamed most of the way. As I drove pass the irrigation canals, forests of electric transmission lines and crossed the...

 

It is past time for Congress to take action in gun deaths in the U.S.

Gun violence is one of the leading causes of death in our country and these deaths are preventable. We get angry and demand those in Congress do something. Truth is, many members of Congress have presented bills, but they go absolutely nowhere in...

 

Community made Festival of Chocolate a success

Emmanuel Lutheran Church would like to thank the community for helping us with our ninth annual Festival of Chocolate. The turnout was wonderful, and all had a great time. Thanks also go to the Cheney Free Press for the nice piece in the newspaper....

 

Unified Olympic Korea offers hope, if somewhat tainted by reality

Like many people watching the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony Friday night, I felt some pride and a sense of hopefulness during the entry of the unified Korean team. South and North Korean athletes marching together, under the same flag...

 

Our cities are balancing their budgets with fees to the citizens

Have you carefully checked your utility bills lately? Most people don’t unless they are monsters like the ones for garbage in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Los Angeles. In Vancouver, Washington our garbage and recycling bill now has an added 3.6...

 

The homeless problem has several solutions

I see my eye specialist five or six times a year. My normal route to his office takes me past the homeless gathering under the I-90 bridge across from Lewis and Clark High School. They don’t seem to be hurting anybody, and there is no law against...

 

Poor posture Trump's nuclear doctrine resumes Cold War

While elected officials of our increasingly dysfunctional democracy debated “memogate,” the world became more dangerous as President Donald Trump’s Nuclear Posture Review was officially released on Friday, Feb. 2. Ignoring scientific studies...

 

It can be scary who gets fooled these days

Did you know by paying $46,000 a year and change to attend New York University — sans books, room and board of course which bumps the bite to over $63K — it apparently gives some at least the partial ability to see the future? There are no...

 

The Seattle drug clinics are setting up to offer safe injection sites

I voted for Initiative 502 in 2012, not because I wanted to legalize marijuana, but because what we were doing wasn’t working. I thought it inconceivable that the U.S. government would allow any state to openly ignore federal law. At best, I was...

 

Cheney levy helps support Cheney School District's extracurricular activities for kids

I am writing this letter as a supporter of the Cheney Public School’s Replacement Education Programs and Operation levy on Feb. 13. I started working as a paraeducator about nine years ago after moving to Spokane and am now the registrar and...

 

Signs point to needed passage of ML levy

The signs have been posted around town and the flyers were hung on our doors, but what do the levy measures really mean for our children? As a Medical Lake alumnus and community member with children who will soon be entering school, it is important...

 

Levy is about students, not about buildings

After reading the letters to the editor in last week’s edition it is important to make a simple clarification — last year, voters approved a bond that pays for additional classrooms and secure entrances at four elementary schools and Cheney High...

 

Trump and Republicans should look in mirror

Can anyone explain President Trump’s and the Republican’s hostile positions on immigration? Several of our country’s leaders have/had foreign-born wives; think Trump (Czechoslovakia, Slovenia), McConnell (China) and Mnuchin (Scotland). At...

 

Re*Imagine Medical Lake is doing some great community work for the town

I want to thank Re*Imagine Medical Lake for all the wonderful events and committees they have facilitated for our community. Founders Day and the winter festival have grown not only in volume but in show casing the best of Medical Lake. Re*Imagine...

 

Cheney town hall to feature Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown is coming to town! If Cathy McMorris Rodgers doesn’t represent you, then come out Sunday evening and welcome Lisa Brown to Cheney. Lisa will be holding a town hall style meeting from 6–7:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Wren...

 

LOOKING BACK WITH THE CHENEY HISTORICAL MUSEUM

Seventy-five years ago in January 1943, the Turnbull Wildlife Refuge received a shipment of 19 Canada geese which they planned to use to establish a flock on the refuge. Learn more about our area’s history at www.cheneymuseum.or...

 

Churches

Cheney Congregational Church Cheney Congregational is now a “provisional member” of the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches (NACCC). This is an association of congregational churches that prizes the autonomy of individual...

 

Somebody had to know what Dr. Larry Nassar was doing

The news that has come out about his involvement with the hundreds of gymnastics girls has been heartbreaking and disturbing on so many levels. And the worst part seems to be that people and institutions along the way knew about it and could’ve...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Opinion    February 1, 2018

Watching live theater is now becoming my new favorite thing to do

Over the weekend, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the show “Motown” at the INB Performing Arts Center which is a part of the “Best of Broadway” series. Little fun fact for those students out there, if you show up two hours before...

 

Cheney provides life-learning experiences

Cheney High School has presented me with many opportunities to succeed and learn through clubs and activities outside of the classroom such as swim team (which is a privilege to have, not many schools are able to compete in swimming), language clubs...

 

The levy is important for outside learning

On Tuesday, Feb. 13, a vote for a replacement Educational Programs and Operation Levy will be held. This levy, if passed, will help every single student in the Cheney School District. Since I participate in some activities funded by the levy, I...

 

Vote no for the Cheney School District levy

Hello Cheney School District. Didn’t we just vote for huge increases for the school district for multiple issues? Did we just not build two or three new buildings? Why are you coming back in less than a year to have us vote? Shouldn’t the school...

 

Schools can only provide levy information

When a school district submits a levy proposition to its voters, the role of the district is to provide an objective and fair presentation of facts to the community. Generally, this information is shared through an informational mailer that...

 

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