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 Opinion    July 31, 2014 

Heed Smokey the Bear's wise words this fire season

We pride ourselves, when living in the Inland Northwest, that we do not have to endure Mother Nature’s wrath, as do other parts of the country. We don’t have tornadoes like the Midwest, nor hurricanes like the South and Atlantic Coast. We’re...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    July 31, 2014 

Forest management the real culprit in today's wildfires

No pun intended, but wildfires seem to be a hot topic lately. It’s a time when Mother Nature can wreak havoc on already parched forests and fields across the West with a passing lightning storm just as easily as a careless human with a hot exhaust...

 
 Opinion    July 24, 2014

Healthy eating habits need to start at home

The Healthy Hunger Free-Kids Act was established in 2010 by the Obama Administration to fund free meals in public schools as well as establish new nutrition standards that would benefit students. Although the act attempts to ensure that students get...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    July 24, 2014

Even a hammer-wielding thunder gods has to change

Change is inevitable, especially when it comes to comic books. Every fan of the medium knows that. Yet many fans still complain and kick their feet in rage when a publisher changes something in their books — particularly when it involves a...

 
 Opinion    July 24, 2014

Do not vote for Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Please don’t vote for Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She lies. She says she’s for equal pay, but she voted against equal pay laws four times. She voted twice against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and twice against the Paycheck Fairness Act. These...

 
 Opinion    July 24, 2014

Thank you from Cheney Library

The Friends of the Cheney Library thanks everyone who came out to buy books in the hot weather on rodeo weekend. The proceeds from the sale are used to buy program supplies, special furnishings and other items used in the Cheney library. We also...

 
 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....

 

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