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 Opinion    September 25, 2014 

How will needs and wants be addressed by city, schools?

The Cheney School District and its supporters face some difficult decisions in the next few months. On Feb. 10, 2015 voters will go to the polls and decide the fate of a $44.8 million bond issue that would pay for a much-needed renovation of Cheney...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    September 25, 2014 

Fantasy football combines strategy and love for the game

For the first time in years, I rooted for the Green Bay Packers as they played the Detroit Lions on Sunday. After the Lions beat the Packers, 19-7, I shared my angst with the rest of the Cheeseheads across the country. No, I haven’t joined the...

 
 Opinion    September 25, 2014 

McMorris Rodgers' nose keeps growing

We all know the story of Pinocchio and how his nose grew when he told a lie. Wouldn’t it be great if that would happen to members of Congress every time they lied? Cathy McMorris Rodgers would seek a nose reduction immediately. Her strategy to...

 
 By ALEXANDRA AMONETTE    Opinion    September 25, 2014 

CFD proposal a sensible solution for global warming

New York City can feel far away from us here in Eastern Washington. But, this past week, history was made there in the steps along the road to an international 2015 global warming agreement. World leaders gathered at the United Nations on Sept. 23...

 
 Opinion    September 18, 2014

Phones are for more than just texting friends

For the last 20 years, technology has changed the way we communicate with each other. While phone calls were once the most popular way to reach out and touch someone, email seems to have surpassed it as a communication channel to connect with others...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    September 18, 2014

Applying the Constitution today requires thought, not rhetoric

I refer to these types of commentaries as “lazy man’s columns.” Meaning, I ran out of time, too much stuff on my plate, and was a little late in addressing the subject so I used a bit of cut and paste to help me attain my word requirements. But...

 
 Opinion    September 18, 2014

Time has come to talk trash responsibly

Wake up and smell the landfill. Let’s talk trash. As I understand it, both Cheney and Medical Lake continue to deliberate whether or not to sign with Spokane County’s new solid waste system services. Prior to 1991, Spokane County’s garbage was...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    September 18, 2014

Is an all-green energy strategy worth the cost?

What if we could peer into the future and see the consequences of the decisions we make today? In a way, we can. According to Washington state economists, a carbon tax high enough to achieve Gov. Jay Inslee’s stated climate change goals would...

 
 Opinion    September 11, 2014

It's time to stop the foreign policy crisis intervention cycle

If you feel every time you get up in the morning there’s a new foreign policy crisis facing the nation, you’re not alone. It can be dizzying how a confrontation in one area of the world is quickly replaced by conflict in another area. Often...

 
 By REP. JEFF HOLY    Opinion    September 11, 2014

West Plains has enormous potential for our economic future

In the early 1960s, I attended grade school at St. Anthony in Renton. Catholic schools attracted students from quite a large area, so a number of kids in my class were from the Kent valley. I well remember a classmate whose family owned a dairy in...

 
 By EMILY CLEATH    Opinion    September 11, 2014

What is the true poverty rate in America?

A picture of you standing in front of your dirty car doesn’t mean that your car has always been and always will be dirty — or that it’s dirty because of some personal failure of yours. Nor does it mean you’re the only person around whose...

 
 Opinion    September 4, 2014

Businesses should get their red on and support their team

Fans dressed in red from head to toe fill the bleachers of Roos Field every home game in a show of support of the Eastern Washington football team. Football lovers who cannot make it to Roos Field will watch the game and cheer the Eagles from their...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    September 4, 2014

Reflecting on time spent with the real friends in one's life

This Labor Day weekend offered up a little bit of everything. There was some family and fun time. I tinkered and got caught up on all kinds of nagging little projects. Worked a little, too, getting up close and personal — as much as the side judge...

 
 Opinion    September 4, 2014

McMorris Rodgers' response shows lack of understanding

Cathy McMorris Rodgers’ canned email response to my concerns about the current Israeli-Palestinian armed conflict reflects her alarming lack of understanding of the basis of the conflict and a callous attitude toward the sanctity of human life....

 
 Opinion    August 28, 2014

Suicide affects everyone in one way or another

The death of comedian Robin Williams sparked many pleas for people to seek help if they feel like they want to take their own life. Everyone, from children to adults, experiences some sort of depression. Getting through it depends on the depth, how...

 
 By RICHARD BADALAMENTE    Opinion    August 28, 2014

U.S. ill equipped to deal with mass migration of refugees

Since the beginning of this year, more than 50,000 children, mostly teens, but others as young as nine or 10, some younger, have swarmed across America’s southern border. Officials expect the number to exceed 70,000 by yearend. They are escaping...

 
 Opinion    August 21, 2014

The eyes of the football national will be upon us

This Saturday an estimated 120 million households could be getting eyestrain from their first glimpse of the red turf of the Inferno at Roos Field. Thank goodness it’s a little less bright than when it was first installed back in 2010. The gaze...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    August 21, 2014

Journalists stick to sidelines but sometimes get thrown into heat of stories

One of the first things you learn as a reporter is not getting directly involved with the story you are covering. This is easy, especially when it comes to sports. Other than taking a couple of steps into the end zone in hopes of snapping a few...

 
 Opinion    August 21, 2014

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Aug. 11 Tessa Adams, 18, and a 17-year-old female were arrested on the 2300 block of University Lane for fourth-degree assault. Marcus A. Nolan, 23, was arrested on the 800 block of West First Street for fourth-degree assault/domestic...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2014

Big or small, gratitude leaves footprints in society

A.A. Milne, author of “Winnie the Pooh” wrote, “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” As much as “Winnie the Pooh” has its origin as a children’s story, it...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    August 14, 2014

Fear prevents us from facing our country's challenges

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Plato, Greek philosopher, 427 – 347 B.C. “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” Ralph Waldo...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2014

Community loses activist and former museum director

Mary Jane Booth passed away Sunday, Aug. 10. She is remembered as a driving force on a number of community actions, and as a 56-year member of the Tilicum Club and the Cheney Historical Museum. Mary Jane had a way of cajoling people to volunteer in...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2014

Thank you for supporting Cheney Junior Rodeo

We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of our sponsors and especially to our volunteers who worked tirelessly to make sure everything went well for the kids during the Cheney Junior Rodeo. You people are awesome. Sherry McNall...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2014

Response to LaForge's column about censorship

Regarding John LaForge’s column regarding censorship of the use of American atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, he got it tactically correct, but strategically wrong.  The atomic bombs were used strictly for strategic reasons.  Let me explain.  At...

 
 By From The Panama City Herald    Opinion    August 7, 2014

The power of truth and lies in our world

A recent email had us thinking of Mark Twain, John Adams and Stephen Colbert. Let’s start with Twain who wrote: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” That’s the...

 

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