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 Opinion    July 23, 2015 

This is why we explore the solar system

Editor’s note: The following editorial from the Detroit Free Press does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. Until last week, Pluto had been a distant dot in the sky; far out on the edge of the...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    July 23, 2015 

Airway Heights residents can start their healing process

Last week was a roller coaster week for the city of Airway Heights, which has been under the microscope due to the actions of Mayor Patrick Rushing. I won’t go into full detail because you can read on the front page of this week’s Cheney Free...

 
 By JOHN CRABTREE    Opinion    July 23, 2015 

Federal crop insurance gets failing grade

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we’ve heard from farmers across the Midwest and Great Plains about the negative impacts of federally subsidized crop insurance for over a decade. A farm safety net is important to help family farmers mitigate...

 
 Opinion    July 23, 2015 

Thanks from ML Tennis-A-Thon commmittee

The 24-Hour-Tennis-A-Thon committee would like to give a big thank you to all the generous supporters, countless volunteers and community members who participated. Much of this year’s success is attributed to the generosity and assistance we...

 
 By From The Orange County Register    Opinion    July 16, 2015

Americans really do need more hours of work

The following July 12 editorial from the Orange County Register may or may not reflect the views of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. Jeb Bush tripped over his tongue this past week when he posited that, to grow the U.S. economy, “people shoul...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    July 16, 2015

Key command on how we treat others lost in same-sex marriage argument

The ink was barely dry on the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 26 decision guaranteeing same-sex marriage as a constitutional right when the backlash against the ruling began. The most laughable of these came from Republican presidential aspirant Sen....

 
 Opinion    July 16, 2015

Thanks from Friends of the Cheney Library

Thank you to everyone who donated books or purchased books at our Friends of the Library Rodeo weekend sale. We also thank all the people who helped us move books indoors during Saturday’s rain. It takes many people to set up the sale and we thank...

 
 Opinion    July 16, 2015

Watch out for each other on the road

Last month, a Cheney Middle School student was struck by a car at the corner of Sixth Street and Golden Hills Drive. The driver of the car was a high school student on the way to Cheney High School. The bicyclist was riding on the wrong side of the...

 
 Opinion    July 16, 2015

Thank you to those who did not light fireworks

The governor of Washington state, the mayor of Medical Lake and numerous fire officials asked that we forgo using Fourth of July fireworks this year due to the dangerous drought conditions. I was embarrassed and disappointed by the number of people...

 
 Opinion    July 9, 2015

Our part-time legislative budgeting process needs work

Being a state legislator is a thankless job — almost as bad as being a Hoopfest court monitor. And even more so this session what with the Legislature needing not only the four-month regular session but also two overtime special sessions and a...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    July 9, 2015

Holiday weekend was a perfect time to reconnect, reflect

What a great weekend. The just passed Fourth of July holiday served up a perfect menu of generous portions of family and friends topped off by time to dial life down just a little from the hectic pace it had been on recently. It wasn’t totally...

 
 Opinion    July 9, 2015

Freedom is respecting the rights of everyone

This Independence Day was extremely stressful to many people in my area, especially seniors who long for a quiet and safe place to live. I thank God for His protection and care for all of us. On the human level it was reassuring that the Spokane...

 
 Opinion    July 2, 2015

Charleston's tragedy is the nation's wound

The following June 29 editorial from the Panama City News Herald may or may not reflect the views of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. In the wake of the murders at a Charleston, S.C. church, details are sinking in — and with them, the...

 
 By RIVERA SUN    Opinion    July 2, 2015

Revolution's matchstick: The Trans-Pacific Partnership

Rolling down the corporate-political assembly line is a trade deal so treasonous to the people of the world that it should serve as revolution’s matchstick. The treaty is secret, but one fact is well known: the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement i...

 
 Opinion    July 2, 2015

Another indictor of racial tensions in our country

Before pointing too many fingers at our beleaguered Secret Service agency and its recent foibles, we should consider its success so far in its bottom line responsibility: to keep President Obama and family alive and injury-free. Interviewed during...

 
 Opinion    July 2, 2015

BNSF removes 'I-sore'

During a May 6 community forum on increasing train traffic through Cheney, Cheney resident Pamela Gray brought my attention to a large, dead, pine tree at the end of I Street in downtown Cheney. She even brought a picture of the tree to pass out at...

 
 Opinion    June 25, 2015

Wildfire season is here, be prepared for it

It’s going to be another hot and dry summer for the West Plains, which means there are plenty of chances for wildfires in the area. It’s late June and we’ve already seen some wildfires in the region, including last week’s 145-acre blaze at Fi...

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion    June 25, 2015

In Our Opinion 101 - how the Cheney Free Press editorial board works

"Who wrote that?" It's a question I often receive regarding our in house editorial feature "In Our Opinion." I get it enough, and lately from several readers, that it probably means it's time to reiterate how we go about producing the weekly opinion...

 
 Opinion    June 25, 2015

Letters

Exercise great care when lighting fireworks I’ve had extensive emails with city officials here in Medical Lake about my concerns of Fourth of July fireworks being allowed in this extreme drought season that we are experiencing. There have already...

 
 Opinion    June 18, 2015

Many questions surround the McKinney incident

Once again the nightly news broadcasts, both national and local, found a story that they could not get enough of. On June 5, a McKinney, Texas policeman, Cpl. Eric Casebolt got caught on cellphone video strong-arming a 14-year-old girl to the ground...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    June 18, 2015

Dolezal's family dispute leaks into her professional life

What starts out as a simple dispute can sometimes grow to unimaginable proportions. In the last week, many eyes across the nation have been fixated on Rachel Dolezal, the recently resigned president of Spokane’s NAACP chapter and a part-time...

 
 By RACHAEL MEYER    Opinion    June 18, 2015

Conservation, crop insurance and tax dollars

The federal crop insurance program provides an agricultural safety net, and crop insurance premium subsidies were created to increase usage of these risk management tools. The federal government subsidizes, on average, 62 percent of crop insurance pr...

 
 Opinion    June 11, 2015

Catch your own limit of West Plains' summer fun

It’s that time a year when we map out our summer getaways. But as you plan to visit destinations that are maybe far away, or even foreign, think about ratcheting things back a little and remember what might just be in or near your backyard. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    June 11, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner benefits from status other transgenders don't enjoy

I’m not sure how to take this whole Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner, thing. I won’t recap how a former 1976 Olympic male decathlon gold medallist became a 2015 female talk show and magazine personality. You’d truly have to have returned from a...

 
 Opinion    June 11, 2015

Consumers have an out of control spending problem

From 1960 to 2014, the average house size has more than doubled from 1,200 to 2,600 square feet, automobile ownership has gone up from 1 to 1.7 per household and the percentage of household income spent on food has dropped from 17.5 percent to 9.6...

 

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