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 Opinion    May 26, 2016 

Fear keeps us from learning about each other

There is a lot of talk, some of it emotionally charged, these days about where people are allowed to go to the bathroom. This talk is focused on transgender individuals, people who are born physically of one sex yet identify as the other. It’s a co...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    May 26, 2016 

Now is the time to deal with our national debt

By DON C. BRUNELL Contributor Now that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are certain to be the Democrat and Republican presidential candidates, it is time for them to deal with our national debt. Our nation is on an unsustainable borrowing...

 
 Opinion    May 26, 2016 

Thanks from ML Food Bank

The citizens of Medical Lake came through again. The Post Office had a food drive and our shelves are stocked. Thank you to all who contributed and to the drivers who picked up the sacks of food on their routes. The Medical Lake Food Bank    Joyce...

 
 Opinion    May 19, 2016

Every elderly person deserves the same respect and care

In the Associated Press’ May 8 story “Nursing homes turn to eviction to drop difficult patients,” readers learn that nursing homes in different parts of the country are — as the article put it — “increasingly evicting their most...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    May 19, 2016

Wait to get behind the wheel after using marijuana

I came across a couple of reports that had to do with automobile accidents and marijuana use. According to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “the percentage of drivers in fatal crashes who recently used marijuana more than doubled...

 
 By TED BLASZAK    Opinion    May 19, 2016

Please help save the John Wayne Pioneer Trail

I am from Tekoa, Washington (population 843). We are your neighbors to the south. Though we are a small farming community on the Washington-Idaho border we are connected to many bigger cities by the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. If you were to leave...

 
 Opinion    May 19, 2016

Thank you for successful book sale

Thank you to everyone who purchased items at the Cheney Friends of the Library book sale during Mayfest. Also special thanks to members and parents of West Plains Kidz and Chickz 4-H for providing essential help setting up and taking down the...

 
 Opinion    May 19, 2016

Listen to Dave Wilson, he listens to you

I am a voter from the 5th Congressional District of Washington (Spokane County) who has been totally disgusted with Congress. The Republican and Democratic representatives who are pulling in six-figure salaries with lots of benefits (taxpayer...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    May 12, 2016

Undercover CEOs get a chance to learn value of employees

One of the highest rated television programs during Super Bowl week last February was “Undercover Boss.” According to the Nielsen ratings, it drew 6.8 million viewers. By contrast, the “Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows” had 5.72 million. Vi...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    May 12, 2016

Are you practicing what your bumper sticker preaches?

So there I was a couple Friday mornings ago, driving along Government Way in Spokane heading to work. A dark gray Subaru wagon-type car had been dogging my rear ever since I turned onto the road off Fort George Wright Way, heading past the...

 
 Opinion    May 12, 2016

StageWest Community Theatre enjoys success with 'Getting Sara Married'

StageWest Community Theatre wrapped up its 2015-2016 season this last weekend with the last three performances of “Getting Sara Married” by Sam Bobrick and directed by Chris Booth. The weekend performances had full audiences and were well...

 
 Opinion    May 12, 2016

Finley's commentary deals badly with her 'woman card' argument

Guest Commentary from the May 5 Cheney Free Press issue: Laura Finley opened with “The ‘woman card.’ It’s so much nonsense,” “we really need to change the conversation when it comes to gender.” However, nearly 70 percent of her words...

 
 Opinion    May 5, 2016

Forums give community input in selection of superintendent

There are some important dates on the calendar that may not seem related but certainly have a connection. On April 30 property tax payments were due at the county courthouse and not too far into the future — May 9, 10 and 12 — the Cheney School...

 
 By Laura Finley    Opinion    May 5, 2016

Changing the conversation about the 'woman card'

The “woman card.” It’s so much nonsense. Donald Trump is merely the latest to accuse a woman of playing identity politics because she, well, actually discussed the fact that the U.S. still has much to improve in terms of gender equality. Trump...

 
 By JOHN CRABTREE    Opinion    May 5, 2016

Apply now for value added producer grants

U.S. Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for $44 million in competitive value-added producer grants to develop value added ventures. In times of low commodity prices, the help available through this program is especially appealing. ...

 
 Opinion    April 28, 2016

Water restrictions right step, but add questions

Water is once again becoming a hot commodity in the area. Although the winter and spring seasons were wetter this year than in the previous two years, the city of Cheney is preparing for irrigation season by asking residents and businesses to follow...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    April 28, 2016

TSA's 'reverse screening' the ultimate in insane policy

So you thought the TSA strip searches of granny in the wheelchair, or the infant that received special screening made your eyes roll and blood boil when trying to board a commercial flight? The folks that brought you X-Ray vision in the past most rec...

 
 Opinion    April 21, 2016

Why not let the people decide on transit tax?

There are many questions to be answered and factors to be considered when it comes to voting for a proposed 2/10ths of 1 percent sales tax increase to help fund Spokane Transit Authority projects and operations. For starters, if one does some simple...

 
 By JENNA MARKS    Opinion    April 21, 2016

Learning to trust early bodes well for the future

“Trust is hard to come by. That’s why my circle is small and tight. I’m kind of funny about making new friends.” – Eminem. “Learning to trust is one of life’s most difficult tasks.” – Isaac Watts As a child, I was relatively...

 
 Opinion    April 21, 2016

Small town response shines after fall

Living in Medical Lake has been a blessing for us and all those that want a small town with a caring atmosphere. This was so true this past Friday when I had an accident outside the Medical Lake Library. Having fallen, people came running outside...

 
 Opinion    April 21, 2016

McMorris Rodgers a no vote for women

On April 12, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers released a statement on equal pay. The following quote is the conclusion of the press release: “This can only happen through a national conversation about how we can level the playing field, so women —...

 
 Opinion    April 21, 2016

Unemployment numbers at home should retire McMorris Rodgers

As a former educator who has authored grant proposals seeking funding for after school programs, an important component has been the statewide comparison of county unemployment rates. Having tracked those statistics for Washington since 2004, whe...

 
 By RIVERA SUN    Opinion    April 14, 2016

'Letter from a Birmingham Jail' poignant, timely

On April 16, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was sitting in a stark jail cell in Birmingham, Alabama, where he had been arrested for engaging in nonviolent direct action. An ally had smuggled a newspaper into the jail that contained the recently...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    April 14, 2016

Businesses aren't places for kids to hang out and play

With spring already here and summer approaching, it’s more common to see kids running around the neighborhood playing with friends. Some folks refer to this as “free range parenting” but there have been stories popping up here and there about...

 
 Opinion    April 14, 2016

Support those living with an alcholholic

April is Alcohol Awareness Month. Alcohol is the most commonly used addictive substance in the United States: 17.6 million people, or one in every 12 adults, suffer from alcohol abuse or dependence. More than half of all adults have a family history...

 

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