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 Opinion    July 17, 2014 

It's well past time for five county commissioners

Plenty has changed in the last 25 years in Spokane County. Most notably, we’ve grown by nearly 120,000 people, some of the most rapid growth ever. In the upcoming Aug. 5 primary election, the citizens of the West Plains will select the top two...

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion    July 17, 2014 

Seeking lessons in last trip to Guatemala, for now

Next Wednesday, July 23, I leave again on a mission trip to Guatemala. It will be my third consecutive trip, fourth overall, and likely my last for a while — at least a year. It’s an amazing adventure to be in that country, to travel and...

 
 Opinion    July 17, 2014 

Letters

Lyndon Johnson had it right after all Ed Feulner, in his guest commentary for the Cheney Free Press, July 3, 2014, says that he’s learned, “you can’t improve something unless you can measure it.” He then goes on to label Lyndon Johnson’s...

 
 Opinion    July 10, 2014

Volunteering starts with the individual

During the summer, there are community events — big and small — that bring citizens together, including Medical Lake’s Founder’s Day, the Cheney Rodeo and the Cheney Jubilee. These events are run by organizations and unpaid volunteers who...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    July 10, 2014

Fourth of July holiday a great time to reminisce

Seems that the Fourth of July is the perfect time to revisit history. So as I sat around the campfire at Apgar Campground along the shores of Lake McDonald, just inside the confines of Glacier National Park, it got me thinking about Independence...

 
 By Ed FEULNER    Opinion    July 3, 2014

Taking the measure of Lyndon Johnson's 'Great Society'

One of the lessons I learned in my first management course is you can’t improve something unless you can measure it. So let’s apply that to government. As ambitious government programs go, it’s hard to top the “Great Society,” which...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    July 3, 2014

Professional wrestling has something for everyone

Sunday night I decided to let my inner child take over and watch the WWE’s — formerly the WWF — “Money in the Bank” event.The show had its big moments and it took me back to what I enjoyed watching wrestling when I was younger. I’ll...

 
 Opinion    July 3, 2014

SCOPE fundraiser successful

We wish to thank the following businesses for supporting your EWU/Cheney SCOPE with our annual fundraiser and rest area donations: Blackhawk Veterinary Hospital, Mitchell’s Harvest Foods, Copy Junction, Sandi’s Expression, Rosa’s Pizza, Les...

 
 Opinion    July 3, 2014

Thank you Cheney Care staff

We would like to thank the staff at the Cheney Care Center for all the help and support they gave to both our mother and our father over the last several years. Director Keith Fauerso, Shannon Reitan and all of the staff at the Assisted Living...

 
 Opinion    June 26, 2014

Foreign intervention strays from core beliefs

When in the last 50 years has the intervention of the United States done a country good? It’s a difficult question to answer. After all, foreign policy should be about developing and maintaining relations through diplomacy, not through the barrel...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    June 26, 2014

Gridlock in Washington D.C. may begin at home on Washington Street

We have met the enemy and they are us. I’m not sure who said that, or even if it’s an actual quote. But when it comes to why there is such a huge inability to form a governing consensus among lawmakers in our nation’s Capitol, we might want to...

 
 By JIM MISSEL    Opinion    June 26, 2014

Cheney Athletics would like to thank everyone for their support

The Cheney High School Athletic Department would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that supports Cheney High School athletics. Athletic contest workers, which include ticket takers, announcers, clock operators, concession workers, at...

 
 Opinion    June 19, 2014

Generation shift in conflict resolution leads to violent reactions

The 1996, Moses Lake, Wash. s­chool shooting started a timeline of unfortunate, similar events. In the case of the Moses Lake shooting, 14-year-old Barry Loukaitis shot his teacher, wounded two students and held his classmates hostage for 10...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    June 19, 2014

So I never knew dogs could tell time, among other things

I’m not sure if my beagle, Ringo’s muffled woof last Sunday was the kind he uses to remind me it’s time for him to be fed. Or because it was 5:45 a.m. and not the usual 5:15 and that he was letting me sleep in a little on Father’s Day? Ringo...

 
 Opinion    June 19, 2014

Could Cantor's defeat also be McMorris Rodgers'?

I would like to comment on Rep. Eric Cantor’s defeat in Virginia last week.  Finally the American people are waking up and realizing that their do-nothing elected official’s time has come to go!  Here is a no-name candidate who only spent...

 
 Opinion    June 19, 2014

Betz Field Day and our local firemen

A great big “Viking whoosh” needs to go out to our local fire station! Our little Vikings cannot thank them enough for the time and energy that they gave during our Betz Field Day on June 6. Ken Johnson gave up his time and volunteered to put...

 
 Opinion    June 12, 2014

Where do we draw the line with integrity?

This year we’ve been fortunate to collaborate with the West Plains chapter of Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) to help promote good character. The trait for this month is integrity. PACE describes integrity as living with a set of valu...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    June 12, 2014

When walking through life, always carry a pocketknife

I had intended to write this as a potential graduation commencement speech for Wolf Point High School, similar to Mary Schmich’s essay she wrote for The Chicago Tribune back in 1997 where she recommended that young folks wear sunscreen — among...

 
 Opinion    June 12, 2014

Prisoner trade not good for America

Do you feel safer now? Our president has traded the freedom of one American prisoner of war for five of the most vicious, dangerous men in the world. They have probably been planning for months what they will do to America now that they are free....

 
 Opinion    June 5, 2014

Thank you from Cheney Cemetery Association

The Cheney Cemetery Association would like to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who helped make this year’s Memorial Day program and breakfast so successful. We appreciate everyone who helped and are very grateful. Thank you to EWU ROTC Lt....

 
 Opinion    May 29, 2014

How long is too long when it comes to a career?

Please rest assured that, no, the summer did not suddenly vanish in the blink of an eye. And no, we’re not in a Labor Day theme about the length of one’s work life. The topic of longevity on the job recently surfaced when the Cheney School...

 
 Opinion    May 29, 2014

Cheney should have accommodations for disabled

Community members have sometimes complained about their brand new clothes being ruined due to the huge puddle of mush that comes around every winter and spring due to rain and snow. The bottoms of pants get soaked along with a strange white line...

 
 Opinion    May 29, 2014

County Commissioners squander tax payer's money

I would like to write about how the County Commissioners have been squandering our taxpayer’s money.  Let’s take a look at what they have been up to over the last few years. 1. $245 million dollars for a new jail, if it passes. 2. $7.5 million d...

 
 Opinion    May 29, 2014

Will Washington keep access to the Internet tax-free?

Only in Washington D.C. can near unanimous agreement on a policy mean there is danger it may not occur. Consider the pending expiration of the ban on Internet access taxes and whether or not Congress will act in time. As reported by the Wall Street J...

 
 Opinion    May 29, 2014

Be mindful of the amount of water you use in a day

As summer draws near, it is important that our community members be mindful of the amount of water we are using. The issue of wasteful water practices is derived from the lack of awareness that some individuals have when it comes to just how much...

 

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