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 Opinion    March 26, 2015 

More input needed in next Cheney bond vote

On April 28 the Cheney School District will rerun its $44.88 million bond issue intended to fund a massive remodeling of Cheney High School. Call it “Bond Version 2.0” if you will as if it were compared to the latest release of a software...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    March 26, 2015 

Sorry, fossil fuels are not going away soon

Folks in the Pacific Northwest may not like what Matt Ridley has to say, but we should consider his points about energy. Ridley, a British journalist and author of several popular books on science, the environment and the economy, is a businessman...

 
 Opinion    March 26, 2015 

Thank you from StageWest Community Theatre Inc.

StageWest Community Theatre, Inc. just finished their run of Paul Elliott’s “Exit Laughing.” We enjoyed large crowds for most of our performances. We would like at this time thank the members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church for the generous use of...

 
 By Harlan Henderson    Opinion    March 19, 2015

It's time to do right for Cheney High's performing arts

We all should make informed decisions when we vote. In regard to the need for an auditorium at Cheney High School, I would like to address some points presented in previous letters to the editor. Perhaps on-the-job experience of a 40-year, music-teac...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    March 19, 2015

Bullying - like everything else - has an online presence

Whoever coined the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” probably never dealt with bullies. Maybe they did but never told anyone about it. Bullying is one of those problems that never seem to go away. No ma...

 
 Opinion    March 19, 2015

Each individual should evaluate the WPC's agenda

March 5, the Free Press printed Dave Daugharty’s letter re: Washington Policy Center (WPC) and six related issues. Dave — a long time colleague/friend — and I both wish the best for our country, our state and our people but have differing views...

 
 Opinion    March 19, 2015

Cheney Schools should look at alternatives

As one of the “Uninformed” voters who live on the West Plains and north of Fairchild Air Force Base, I was one of the ones who voted no on the Cheney School District’s last bond issue. This was not because I don’t support schools or...

 
 Opinion    March 19, 2015

Residents should be alarmed about increased train activity

On Saturday afternoon, March 7, around 4 p.m., I left our house near Sutton Park to collect some materials from the Cheney Library. Before I opened the door to leave, I heard a train rumbling around the curve. It got louder as I approached the...

 
 Opinion    March 19, 2015

Republicans's letter undermines nuclear negotiations with Iran

Back when some prominent Republicans were reasonable, they endorsed some measures now advocated by the Obama administration. Quickly coming to mind is Obama Care, which essentially copied Massachusetts’ 2006 health care reform under...

 
 Opinion    March 12, 2015

Raise in minimum wage has many unseen problems

On the surface it certainly sounds good. Bumping the minimum wage in Washington state from its current $9.47 per hour —the highest in the nation — to $12 could help some people elevate themselves out of poverty. House Bill 1355 recently passed th...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    March 12, 2015

Widening SR 904 is about more than helping football fans

I’ve been thinking about Coral Muscarella lately. I’ve also been thinking about Lorissa Green. The latter many area residents will remember as the Cheney High School 16-year-old girl killed in a Jan. 17, 2009 collision at what used to be the...

 
 Opinion    March 12, 2015

Inslee's proposal will improve the state

Let’s see if I have this right. According to Paul Delaney, Feb. 26, 2015, now is not the time to tackle climate change because he’d have to pay more to fill up his tank. Delaney is taking Gov. Jay Inslee to task for his “Don Quixote quest,”...

 
 Opinion    March 12, 2015

Thank you from Feed Cheney

Thank you Cheney, for your generous support of Feed Cheney during the “Souper Bowl of Caring” on Super Bowl Sunday. In addition to the special collections at eight local churches — United Church of Christ, United Methodist, Church of the...

 
 Opinion    March 12, 2015

Please support HB 1735 and SB 5740

I am asking for readers’ support of House Bill 1735 and Senate Bill 5740. Your support is needed to help “finish the job” and fully implement Extended Foster Care (EFC). So far EFC has been successfully implemented for four out of the five...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015

Bond failure needs to generate community debate

With the county’s certification of the Feb. 10 special election last Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Cheney School District’s nearly $44.8 million construction bond for expanding and remodeling the high school has come up short of the needed 60 percent...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015

Quality of facilities play a role in student's education

As a parent, community member and educator I ask Cheney’s citizens to consider the important role quality facilities can play in the education of our youth, and also about the message sent to the children and educators in our community when people...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015

Take a closer look at alternative approach

Cheney has incredible teachers and schools. The high school may be in need of additional classrooms but I find most of the other items on the bond to be excessive. Bill Johns’ alternatives to the school bond are informative and well...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015

Increased taxes will affect families

Any time we talk about levies and bonds, it is important to remember they are simply taxes, specifically taxes on homes and property. We need to be very careful that we don’t endanger our neighbors’ ability to keep their homes, for the sake of...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015

Cheney students deserve better

I am writing to encourage the residents of Cheney School District to get behind our kids and vote “Yes” to rerun the bond for the remodel of Cheney High School. We only had 30 percent of our voters turn out for this election. Our kids need you...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015

Taxpayers should ask questions

I attended the school board meeting on Feb. 25 and got to listen to the staff of the school district belittle those who dared question the bond issue for nearly two hours. Various teachers and students demanded and insisted they “deserve” or...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015

Washington Policy Center's agenda is detrimental to the state

I recently listened to a speech by the Spokane director of the Washington Policy Center. His opening claimed the center is an organization dedicated to improving our state, he then, in my estimation, proceeded to explain an agenda detrimental to our...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015

U.S. should be silent partner in war against ISIS

Somebody is going to have to cut the cancer out. When it comes down to defining a strategy on how to deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or of Iraq and the Levant, depending on your preference, that statement is pretty much it in a...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    February 26, 2015

Inslee's carbon fuels folly could halt transportation bill

You had to like that nice Christmas present, and maybe some of the extra cash with gas costing under $1.75 a gallon provided, right? I know my wife and I enjoyed saving about $300 a month from the fuel bills that were nothing short of overwhelming...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015

Johns' proposal is not the answer

Bill Johns has argued that renovations to Cheney High School can be accomplished for $11.65 million. He presented this option to the citizens’ committee, school board and in newspapers.  The truth is that his plan is simply inadequate. While...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015

Voting "no" is not against kids

The notion that the NO vote for the high school bond issue was a vote against kids lacks respect of possible voter wisdom, or more importantly, people’s pocketbooks. In the early 1990’s Cheney school district officials put forth a bond issue to...

 

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