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 Opinion    January 22, 2015 

Medical Lake experiences lots of success in 2014

The annual West Plains Chamber of Commerce State of the West Plains breakfast Jan. 8 was notable for many reasons. One in particular was the absence of a representative from the city of Medical Lake. In an email, City Administrator Doug Ross said...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    January 22, 2015 

Doing my best to get to-do's done during the weekend

It was supposed to have been a productive, to-do list shredding and checking off day last Saturday. 1. Go catch week two of my grandson Logan’s ice skating lessons and see if he could cut down on the number of falls he had in week one. Checks on...

 
 Opinion    January 22, 2015 

Trains put the community at risk

I personally visited the grain train wreck in Cheney Friday morning, Jan. 16, and agree with John Taves, Cheney City Councilman, that the blockage of Cheney-Spokane Road would delay emergency vehicles, and shows the risks facing the public from train...

 
 Opinion    January 22, 2015 

Cheney comes together for Souper Bowl

Feed Cheney is a nonprofit organization working to relieve hunger in our community and it needs your help.  After four and a half years of providing groceries and a nutritious hot meal (complete with musical entertainment) on the last Monday of the...

 
 Opinion    January 15, 2015

Satire serves to keep society in check

On Wednesday, Jan. 7, two Islamic gunmen walked into the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly newspaper and killed 12 people and wounded 11 evidently because the newspaper published satirical cartoons of the prophet Muhammad. The...

 
 By ANDREW CAMPANELLA    Opinion    January 15, 2015

Tips for finding the right school for your child

If you’d like to send your child to a different school next year, now’s the time to start the process of researching your options. As Washington prepares to commemorate National School Choice Week later this month at 115 events across the state,...

 
 Opinion    January 15, 2015

It's time for Medical Lake voters to renew our commitment to our Medical Lake schools.

On Feb. 10, our schools face an important election that will determine the course of public education in our community for years to come. By voting yes for the levy proposal on the ballot, you will guarantee our schools stay strong.  This proposal...

 
 Opinion    January 15, 2015

Vote Yes for Cheney School Districts' bond and levy

Cheney residents, it is that time again to vote “yes” for our school district’s maintenance and operations levy and bond proposals.  I had the honor of serving in the Cheney Public Schools from 2008 to 2014 as an instructional coach.  During...

 
 Opinion    January 15, 2015

Students benefit from levy dollars

I’m a student in the sixth grade at Medical Lake Middle School. I think you should all say yes for the Medical Lake School District levy. This levy supports many activities one of them is cross country which I did in the fall. Also, in the fifth...

 
 Opinion    January 8, 2015

The forgotten challenge of wearing a badge

The men and women of the law enforcement profession are under attack these days, both literally and very much figuratively. The heat has been turned up most recently on the national stage with a number of headline-worthy incidents. Most notably was t...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    January 8, 2015

Don't panic and remember to be safe on those icy roads

One of my favorite phrases is “Don’t Panic,” which is found in Douglas Adams’ “Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” In an interview with Sci Fi Weekly, author Arthur C. Clarke said Adams’ use of the phrase as the “best advice to human...

 
 Opinion    January 8, 2015

Cheney's Fisher Building a community treasure

I’m responding to the Opinion page of the Dec. 25 paper. I moved out here to Medical Lake in September 2013, to enjoy living in a small town. Medical Lake is nicknamed by some as “the Mayberry of Spokane County” and I have found it to be such...

 
 Opinion    January 8, 2015

Cheney Schools honor Van Kurens

My wife and I would like to thank Cheney School Superintendent Debra Clemens, the school board (especially former president Rick Mount), Mike Stark and Kurt Holland for naming the Cheney Middle School track for us. It is a great honor for both of...

 
 Opinion    January 8, 2015

Mario Cuomo will never be forgotten

The passing of Mario Cuomo recently, brought back some personal memories of the former governor from the great state of New York.  In the latter part of the 1980’s, my own father passed away in Ottawa, Canada and it fell to me and my elder brothe...

 
 Opinion    January 1, 2015

Politics needs some changes in 2015

An increasing amount of money is thrown into politics each year, each election. It’s come to the point where people should be questioning where politicians’ alliance lies. Is it with the people who elected them to represent them and their...

 
 By DAVID SIROTA    Opinion    January 1, 2015

How states are redistributing the wealth

In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama was lambasted for supposedly endorsing policies of wealth redistribution. The right feared that under an Obama presidency, Washington would use federal power to take money from some Americans and give it to...

 
 Opinion    January 1, 2015

Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids a success

Thank you Cheney for your generosity to our community’s children. With your help, Christmas Gifts for Cheney Kids was able to provide gifts for 158 local children in 68 families, through Cheney Outreach Center. In addition to gifts and cash...

 
 Opinion    January 1, 2015

Thank you from Feed Medical Lake

As 2014 draws to a close, I want to thank all the volunteers who helped at Feed Medical Lake.  Thank you also to the patrons who have dined with us. Feed Medical Lake serves a free meal on the 2nd Monday of each month from 5 – 6 p.m. at St....

 
 Opinion    January 1, 2015

StageWest letter correction

In the StageWest CT, Inc. letter to the editor published in the Cheney Free Press Dec. 18 we mentioned the dinner catered by Mike Harmon and Willow Springs Restaurant. We should have said Mike Hartman and Willow Springs Restaurant. Please accept our...

 
 Opinion    December 25, 2014

Some things to consider for the new year

As 2015 approaches fast, Tis the season for New Year’s resolutions and predictions. This editorial is about none of those. Rather, we’d like to present a short list of things we’d like to see or begin to see take place in the coming year. For...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    December 25, 2014

Over the river and through the woods to grandmother's house

Recently I ventured into what we officially call the “Fourth Bedroom,” in our house. Years ago it served as a bedroom for one or more of our kids. It’s been a home-office, perhaps twice over. Later it was the place where boxes of items from my...

 
 Opinion    December 25, 2014

Inslee's carbon gas tax proposal is proactive

Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon tax proposal isn’t “filled with holes,” as the opinion piece in the Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, charges, but the piece itself is. Its most egregious flaw is the oft-repeated contention by “deniers” that, “... the sc...

 
 Opinion    December 25, 2014

Remember to count your blessings

Tis the season to think about our blessings. With all that is going on in the world, let us remember to be thankful for and pray for our policemen. They have a difficult job in so many ways that we cannot even begin to comprehend. Thank you. Let us...

 
 By MARK SHIELDS    Opinion    December 18, 2014

When it comes to torture, consider the source

On election night in 1986, when John McCain won the U.S. Senate seat in Arizona long held by Republican incumbent and 1964 GOP presidential nominee Barry Goldwater, who had served as McCain’s campaign chairman, the two men had a private chat....

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    December 18, 2014

Keep to your old traditions but start some new ones

I’m probably one of many folks who will say that Christmas is their favorite time of the year. The decorations and the atmosphere put me in a good mood. One of the upsides of being a reporter is I get to observe people and communities carry out...

 

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