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HB1384 is a big help for sexual assault victims

There is a bill currently in the Legislature that would change the duration and some of the procedures when it comes to sexual assault protection orders issued in Washington state. House Bill 1384 would allow courts to issue permanent protection...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    March 23, 2017 

Trying to deal with 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'

As he tells a doctor that things look good, that it’s time to “close up,” and unmasks, it is discovered that the person in the ad is “Not Dr. Stewart.” To which the actor replies, “No, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.”...

 

Thank you taxpayers for paying for school bond

I would like to thank ALL the voters in the Feb. 14 Cheney School District Bond. The school board in their ads, in the Cheney Free Press and the general mailing (‘Connections”), chose to thank only those who voted approval instead of ALL the...

 

Everyone can help solve Cheney's cat problem

There is a growing issue in our community surrounding abandoned cats that requires our thoughtful consideration. Every year, after Eastern Washington University’s spring quarter ends, when students go back to their homes, pets are left behind to...

 

Majority of Americans support immigration reform

Bernie Sanders was our favorite candidate. He championed the working class, unjustly left behind by huge wealth inequality, by parroting policies that originally solved this problem while facilitating 1930s Great Depression recovery. But Donald...

 

Got a beef or 'atta boy?' Try Cheers and Jeers

Sometimes things come to your attention that you feel the need to comment on, but don’t want to say too much. To provide a means of expressing these sentiments, whether it’s a good job to somebody or a “Come on man” as the popular ESPN segmen...

 

Priorities, and price, of government is worth another look

In 2003, Gov. Gary Locke (D) faced a 10 percent revenue hole in the state’s budget. He also stared at a sluggish economy still reeling from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. People were reluctant to fly and airlines stopped buying Boeing jets....

 
 By Kevin Martin    Opinion    March 16, 2017

President Donald Trump should make a deal with North Korea

President Donald Trump likes to be known for his deal-making, and now he has the opportunity to make deals that can impact world peace and security, not just real estate or other business deals for his profit. North Korea would be a great place to...

 

False assurances given about federal education funding

Our state representatives Jeff Holy and Mike Volz of the 6th District,  both Republicans, held a town hall meeting in Spokane on March 11. The majority of the questions were posed by articulate and enthusiastic teachers in the area, many from...

 

Proposed state DUI law changes have the hiccups

Two bills pertaining to alcohol consumption while driving are weaving their way down the highway in the Washington State Legislature. Senate Bill 5037 would drop from five to four the number of driving under the influence infractions to finally be ch...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    March 9, 2017

I won't use marijuana with you, but I'll still be your friend

By the time this column hits newsstands or your mailbox, I will have celebrated my 32nd birthday. Turning 32 years old isn’t as grand as hitting the 16-, 18-, 21-, or 30-year-old milestones, but I like to think of every birthday as a special...

 

Washington lawmakers must consider costs of all taxes

As lawmakers in Olympia inch toward adjournment, they must keep in mind the total added costs of new taxes on our state’s economy. It is not just about the taxes and fees they impose. They are working against an April 23 deadline to enact a...

 

Rosellini's '60s toll idea deserves another look

Remember the old saying: Hindsight is 20-20? If only Washington voters had followed Gov. Albert Rosellini’s tolling plan to build, maintain and replace our state’s major bridges, we would have replacement funds today. Now, lawmakers in Olympia...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    March 2, 2017

You mad bro? In this country, that answer seems to be definitely

We are an angry society. Not all of us, but a lot of us sure seem to be upset at something or someone or both at some point in time for some reason or reasons. I don’t understand why we have so much vehemence towards people, places and things that...

 

Plowing ordinance changes create law-breaking opportunities

I appreciate that the paper published an article about the change in the snow plowing ordinance, evidently in quick order. I appreciate the fact that this winter was not normal, seeing we’ve had more snow than usual and the coldest temperatures in...

 

Does Cheney plowing ordinance benefit pedestrians?

I found the recent article describing changes that the Cheney police department has proposed in order to enhance future snow removal (“Cheney changes plowing ordinance,” 2/16) to be interesting as it suggests that safe pedestrian travel is a...

 

Freedom of the press is absolutely the issue here

There’s a concise, straight forward answer to Mr. Delaney’s 2/23/17 op-ed question, “Is freedom of the press really the issue here?” The answer is yes! Mr. Delaney obfuscates the issue with tired conservative arguments and laments, but when...

 

Bond requires control, community involvement

Some thoughts, now that the Cheney School District’s $52 million capital facilities bond has passed. As of Feb. 21, the bond had received 61.08 percent approval, needing just 60 percent to pass. According to the Spokane County Elections website,...

 

Is freedom of the press really the issue here?

A “friend’s” Facebook post recently made a plea to “Hug a journalist today! There’s a reason Freedom of the Press is the FIRST Amendment to our Constitution. Stand up for that freedom and don’t let anyone try to take it away from us!”...

 

Turning public lands over to states would lead to privatization

Do you value your public lands? Our public lands are a part of our American identity. They provide vital sustenance for fish and wildlife and for people. Do you remember your first visit to Mount Rainier? How awesome was that? How about to Turnbull...

 

Letter writers miss the point on Trump's immigration ban, ISIS

Last week Rose Kline reminded me of her earlier rants against President Trump going back at least to August 2016. Norm Luther also reminded me of his past efforts. I do not know either of these two, but do know that Norm is a longtime Democrat...

 

Johns' opposition to bond helped strengthen community dialogue

As thanks is given to voters for the successful passage of the Cheney School District $52 million bond for schools (Feb. 14), I hope gratitude will extend to Bill and Sue Johns who passionately expressed — at their own expense — cost saving...

 

Some ideas on fixing health care, employment

Sometimes a trial balloon on an idea should be floated, and this is one of those from the Cheney Free Press editorial board. This balloon is labeled as follows: What would happen if the eligibility age for Medicare was dropped from 65 to 60? Granted...

 

Climate Leadership Council's carbon dividend is worth exploration

Recently, some of America’s most respected statesmen announced a different strategy to reducing carbon pollution — one which is based on incentives as opposed to penalties. Believing that carrots work better than sticks, the Climate Leadership...

 

Trump is playing a dangerous game

As long as Mr. Donald Trump is in office, all people’s lives are at stake worldwide because he has no idea what he is doing. He has congressmen raising their eyebrows and other people on the hill, they are not sure how to deal with him and all his...

 

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