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 Opinion    April 23, 2015 

Commencement move opens up new tradition possibilities

Eastern Washington University’s fast approaching commencement exercises June 13 will be the last to be held in Cheney on the Red Turf at Roos Field. In a press release, the university announced it had signed a multi-year agreement with the Spokane...

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2015 

Bond issue needs to be debated

Over the last two years I have researched and prepared an alternative which would only cost $11.6 million instead of $44.8 million proposed with this (Cheney High School) bond. This alternative would provide additional classrooms, safety,...

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2015 

Students deserve more space

I am writing to support the Cheney School District’s high school bond measure in the April 28 election. I live and work in the Cheney area, and my children attend Betz Elementary. I am proud of the fact that so much of our community is based in...

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2015 

School board lacks trustworthiness

At every school board meeting I attend, there is a PACE character trait read. They read about honesty, diligence and other honorable endeavors. This month’s trait is trustworthiness, ironic since so many families are not feeling trust in our...

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2015 

Crowded halls should cause concern

I’m voting “Yes” to support The Cheney School District. I love living in the West Plains Area, I have lived here for 16 years. I have four great kids. They are smart and are fun to be around. Two of my children have graduated from Cheney High...

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2015 

Send the district a message, vote no

In 2010 Cheney School District voters approved a bond for $79 million. Construction was completed in 2013/2014 on two new middle schools and elementary. The district is back with a request for $44.8 million to cover the first phase of a remodel/new...

 
 Opinion    April 23, 2015 

Thank you Medical Lake for the success

As of April 29, 2015, Medical Lake Physical Therapy will be closing its door after 10 proud and successful years providing service to this community. It is with great sadness that we are writing to announce this closure. The staff and I would like...

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2015

Henderson tragedy opens eyes for more preventative legislation

Two new laws are going through the state Legislature that will hopefully avert some tragedies from happening in the near future. The House recently passed Senate Bill 5381, which requires law enforcement agencies to notify family members before...

 
 By MAY PAXTON    Opinion    April 16, 2015

Displaying integrity in spite of obstacles and challenges

Courage. What a powerful word! What do you think of when you hear the word courage? Possibly a firefighter rushing into a burning building to save the person trapped inside with no concern for their own safety? Or a bystander jumping into a raging...

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2015

Vote 'no' for Cheney High School bond

Please remember to vote this month, and please vote “No” for the Cheney High School bond. The pro-bond information we received in the mail, the automated phone calls and the letters to the editor repeatedly emphasize the crowded condition of the...

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2015

Refurbished high school is a need

As a parent in the Cheney School District, I urge our community to approve the Cheney High School construction bond in the April 28 election. While a bond in February had majority approval, we narrowly failed to meet the 60 percent of the vote...

 
 Opinion    April 16, 2015

Stop using 'it's for the kids' guilt line

As a product of the Cheney School District, I believe we have a commitment to our youth. But not at the expense of fixed income senior citizens through poor planning by the school board. The job of the elected school board is to be efficient and...

 
 Opinion    April 9, 2015

It's time for new rules after Germanwings tragedy

Trust. It’s something that is paramount in our personal relationships. At work trust is a two-way street between management and employees — and visa-versa. In day-to-day life we all put implicit trust in so many areas it is difficult to quantify...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    April 9, 2015

The numbers just don't add up in STA ballot request

Just three-tenths of one percent, that’s all the Spokane Transit Authority is asking you to say “yes” to in an April 28 special election. At the same time many county voters will be asked to support various school measures along with funding a...

 
 Opinion    April 9, 2015

Vote to support Cheney School District

We are writing to support the Cheney School District’s high school bond measure in the April 28 election. As retired educators from Cheney School District and Eastern Washington University, we are so proud of our growing school district, and this...

 
 Opinion    April 9, 2015

Thank you from Cheney Kiwanis Club

Thank you to all the families who came out to participate in the 2015 Egg Hunt April 4 at Salnave Park. Cheney Kiwanis also thanks the following groups for their assistance in providing this free family activity: Omega Delta Phi fraternity and Kappa...

 
 Opinion    April 2, 2015

Increase in train traffic raises concerns

There’s no question that there will be an increase in train activity passing through Cheney and the West Plains in the near future. There is a $26 million shuttle loading grain terminal scheduled to be built at the intersection of Craig and...

 
 By LAWRENCE S WITTNER    Opinion    April 2, 2015

Who are the nine nuclear scofflaws anyway?

Given all the frothing by hawkish U.S. Senators about Iran’s possible development of nuclear weapons, one might think that Iran was violating the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). But it’s not. The treaty, signed by 190 nations and in...

 
 Opinion    April 2, 2015

More discussion on school bond needs to take place

Thank you to the Cheney Free Press for your opinion on the Cheney School District’s bond issue published in last week’s Cheney Free Press. I attended the last school board meeting and was appalled by their lack of response to a taxpayer’s...

 
 Opinion    March 26, 2015

More input needed in next Cheney bond vote

On April 28 the Cheney School District will rerun its $44.88 million bond issue intended to fund a massive remodeling of Cheney High School. Call it “Bond Version 2.0” if you will as if it were compared to the latest release of a software...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    March 26, 2015

Sorry, fossil fuels are not going away soon

Folks in the Pacific Northwest may not like what Matt Ridley has to say, but we should consider his points about energy. Ridley, a British journalist and author of several popular books on science, the environment and the economy, is a businessman...

 
 Opinion    March 26, 2015

Thank you from StageWest Community Theatre Inc.

StageWest Community Theatre, Inc. just finished their run of Paul Elliott’s “Exit Laughing.” We enjoyed large crowds for most of our performances. We would like at this time thank the members of Emmanuel Lutheran Church for the generous use of...

 
 By Harlan Henderson    Opinion    March 19, 2015

It's time to do right for Cheney High's performing arts

We all should make informed decisions when we vote. In regard to the need for an auditorium at Cheney High School, I would like to address some points presented in previous letters to the editor. Perhaps on-the-job experience of a 40-year, music-teac...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    March 19, 2015

Bullying - like everything else - has an online presence

Whoever coined the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” probably never dealt with bullies. Maybe they did but never told anyone about it. Bullying is one of those problems that never seem to go away. No ma...

 
 Opinion    March 19, 2015

Each individual should evaluate the WPC's agenda

March 5, the Free Press printed Dave Daugharty’s letter re: Washington Policy Center (WPC) and six related issues. Dave — a long time colleague/friend — and I both wish the best for our country, our state and our people but have differing views...

 

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