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 By Al Stover    Opinion    November 20, 2014 

Lessons I learned while I wore a wrestling singlet

Sometimes it’s difficult to pin down a subject that you want to write about and your muse advises you to dig into the memory banks and churn out a story before deadline. I like to call these “reflective commentaries” where I look back on one...

 
 Opinion    November 20, 2014 

Celebrate and learn about Native American heritage

November is Native American Heritage Month, something that ought to receive more public attention in this area given our many ties to Native American culture. Native American Heritage Month began as American Indian Day in 1912 when Dr. Arthur C....

 
 Opinion    November 13, 2014

Charitable acts need focus on developing skills, identifying resources

Several residents of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., gather in a public park to serve food to some hungry homeless individuals. Would this be considered an act of charity or a crime? Three of those residents — Arnold Abbott, and two south Florida ministers ...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    November 13, 2014

When elections are about domination, politics is no longer healthy

I don’t know about you, but I’ve found elections becoming ever more exhausting with each cycle. The nastiness, the bitterness, the name calling, the subtle and sometimes not so subtle insinuations of dark motive and agenda, the fear mongering,...

 
 Opinion    November 13, 2014

Annual community coat drive successful

It will be a warmer winter for many area families this year. The 18th annual Community Coat Drive was a wonderful success, with 311 coats collected locally and 238 coats distributed at four sites, Sunset Elementary, Salnave Elementary, Westwood...

 
 Opinion    November 13, 2014

Republicans keep Court decision alive

Last September not one Republican senator voted for a constitutional amendment that would overturn the Republican-leaning Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United decision and allow Congress and states to limit the amount and secrecy of money raised...

 
 Opinion    November 13, 2014

Increased deer population impacts city

Medical Lake, has had a problem concerning the deer population in its city limits for several years. Deer are nonchalantly roaming the city limits, eating all vegetation and, unfortunately, getting hit by drivers commuting in and out of town. The...

 
 Opinion    November 6, 2014

Focus on the flu, get your vaccination

Flu season has begun, yet there hasn’t been the normal concern for the virus that there usually is at this time of the year. For several months, Americans have been concerned with the threat of the Ebola virus. Since the media announced that two...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    November 6, 2014

Some clocks just can't be reset when the time changes

There it was, that familiar thump in the night. I rolled over in the bed in the darkness this past Sunday to check the time on my phone. A touch of the “on” button and 4:22 a.m. flashed back at me. While still groggy from being roused out of a...

 
 Opinion    November 6, 2014

Near accident on Halloween night

Halloween, a night my children have been looking forward to for many weeks was almost cut short with tragedy. While crossing North Sixth Street in Cheney, near the CHS baseball field, approximately 5:45 in the evening, a vehicle with at least two...

 
 By PHIL KIVER    Opinion    November 6, 2014

On a recent visit to the veteran's hall

The ranks of our nation's veterans ebb and flow like the tides. World War II vets die at an unstoppable rate. The current war on terror adds daily to the number of our nation's heroes. West Africa,...

 
 Opinion    November 6, 2014

School district should consider privacy of all students

How did we come to this? State law says that schools cannot discriminate on bases of sex, sexual orientation, gender expression or gender identity. It is a good law except when it violates common sense and the rights of others. Cheney School...

 
 Opinion    October 30, 2014

The Free Press keeps you in touch with your community

This issue of the Cheney Free Press is being hand-delivered to over 2,000 students in the Cheney School District this week. We plan to do the same in the near future in Medical Lake. The reason we are taking this step is no secret at all. The Free...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    October 30, 2014

Delta, Alaska competition has an interesting twist for Boeing

While the merger of United Airlines and Continental left a gaping hole at the ticket counter at SeaTac International Airport, frequent fliers are noticing an expansion of Delta and Alaska check-in stations these days. That expansion could mean a...

 
 Opinion    October 30, 2014

McMorris Rodgers lacks solutions

Cathy McMorris Rodgers is just another politician who has mastered the art of saying a lot, without actually saying anything. She cares more about getting re-elected than she cares about standing up for what is right. People claim that her critics...

 
 Opinion    October 30, 2014

Citizens should vote for Lindstrand

When Alene Lindstrand gets elected this year she will conduct an election audit. This will be the first independent audit in 16 years, which our current county auditor has failed to do. In addition, our current auditor lost a defamation of character...

 
 Opinion    October 30, 2014

Wissink should be next county clerk

As a mom and a retired Spokane County deputy sheriff of 19 years, I am very much looking forward to the changes that Mary Wissink will bring about as our next Spokane County Clerk. Mary has an informed vision for the future of our Clerk’s office...

 
 Opinion    October 23, 2014

Spokane Sheriff's Office does a lot with a little

When it comes to the state of the county’s law enforcement, there’s good news and bad news. The good news according to Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is violent crime in unincorporated parts of the county has declined 56 percent and...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    October 23, 2014

Deer committee can be effective if citizens work together

It’s no question that deer are a hot topic in Medical Lake. Since I started working at the Free Press, I’ve heard Medical Lake residents complain about the deer that roam through the city. Folks get in an uproar about the damage these animals do...

 
 Opinion    October 23, 2014

McMorris Rodgers does not know her district

Are some of us unworthy? Cathy McMorris Rodgers must think so. She worked with her party to let a two-decade old law, the Violence Against Women Act, expire in 2013. She did not support the Senate version of the bill that expanded protections for...

 
 Opinion    October 23, 2014

Democrats take desperate measures

The Democrats are really desperate if they had to get Heather Foley to do a TV ad for Joe Patookas. Get real people! Heather Foley never could find the time to come to Spokane for the Lilac Parade let alone care about what was happening in Tom...

 
 Opinion    October 16, 2014

Legislature must fix common school funding sources

The Washington State School Directors’ Association recently made available its proposed legislative priorities for the 2015 legislative session. Delegates to the 2014 Legislative Assembly approved 45 new proposals, added 16 new proposals to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    October 16, 2014

Getting public officials off talking points is what citizens must do

As town hall meetings go, the Sept. 26 “Conversation with Cathy” with congressional 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers at Cheney’s Wren Pierson Community Center was definitely good political theater, if nothing else. But that’s part of...

 
 Opinion    October 16, 2014

We deserve another four years of Chase

As an Independent voter I have always put the value of good government over party politics. As County Commissioner my personal experience with Rob Chase as County Treasurer affirmed that Rob has the community’s best interest at heart. Rob...

 
 Opinion    October 9, 2014

Double standards for spotlighted citizens pose questions

Headlines about former president Bill Clinton’s scandal, football player Ray Rice’s domestic violence incident, actress Lindsay Lohan’s drug and alcohol problems and Miley Cyrus’s drastic change in appearance, actions and attitudes...

 

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