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Focusing on the positive can help relations

Concert goers to hip-hop/jazz/funk/reggae artist Micheal Franti and Spearhead’s recent appearance at Spokane’s Knitting Factory as part of his “Power to the Peaceful” tour were treated to over two-and-a-half-hours of danceable music with...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    August 25, 2016 

U.S. Olympic success leads to Internal Revenue Service gold

Guess who was among the first to welcome our Olympic athletes back home from Rio? None other than the IRS. For U.S. athletes, winning an Olympic medal comes with pride, glory — and a hefty federal tax bill. According to TIME magazine, Michael...

 

Endorsement dishonors, disrespects others

Washingont 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers endorses and supports a person to lead our nation who disrespects and dishonors the very citizens of the nation he wants to lead. Cathy has not unendorsed or unsupported this person, thereby...

 
 By Dan Kish    Opinion    August 18, 2016

President is wasting America's energy windfall

Oil imports could soon be a thing of the past. That’s the main takeaway from a new report from Nordic consulting firm Rystad. Researchers estimated the total recoverable oil reserves still buried under American soil. The final figure is...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    August 18, 2016

Airway Heights Recreation Center can be benefit to many

The dream of Airway Heights having its own recreation center is one step closer to becoming a reality. Airway Heights’ Proposition 1 bond initiative, which would help fund a proposed $13 million recreation center, is expected to pass with 61.12...

 

Investors want high tech companies to save water

Recently, Bloomberg reported that investors in massive data centers are making water availability a critical measurement in their decisions — especially in drought-ridden California. Data centers, giant buildings packed with servers which power...

 

Debates should be more important than football

Good, political discourse has been hard to find in this presidential election year. Not that it’s easier in other years – mudslinging, name-calling and other forms of personal attacks seem all too common methods for gaining the highest office in...

 

Getting help from where you might least expect it

So there I was, slogging my way down a foot path carved along the slope of a rainforestcovered Guatemalan mountain in the fading twilight of a late-July Saturday evening. My head, shoes and cargo pants were soaked by the torrential rain, my pants...

 

Tom Hastings' utopia is dangerous to personal liberty

The Guest Commentary from July 21 begs for response to Tom Hastings’ primary assertions: (1) conflict transformation can lead to a conflict-free world and (2) to get there requires social “experimentation.” Short answer: Seeking peace is...

 

Thank you from Tennis-A-Thon

The 24 Hour Tennis-A-Thon committee would like to thank the sponsors for another successful year. This year we were able to bring in $4,000 to support the local food bank, outreach program, and high school tennis teams. This event is successful...

 

The Olympic message has certainly been lost with Rio

The nations of the world funnel many of their finest athletes into Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the Games of the XXXI Olympiad for an event that seems to be making more news even before the competition starts. The Rio Olympics begin their 18-day run...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    August 4, 2016

Just what makes news and what doesn't in this election?

It’s certainly an interesting time to be observing what makes the news. While sipping coffee on the morning of July 27, I had the opportunity to channel surf. And how can one not stop when the image of Donald Trump appears on the screen? Because...

 

Trump unqualified for president

People are sick and tired of Donald Trump and his nasty attitude. He is a mean, rude and nasty person — he has so much hate in his heart for so many people. The things he has said about our wonderful black and Latino brothers and sisters is incompr...

 

Dow brought personalities to life

Luella Dow was an amazingly large lady in a tiny body. As reported last week, she told the stories of many who would have otherwise gone unnoticed through her Cheney Free Press column “Of Cabbages and Kings.” Her warm, friendly writing style...

 

Full story rarely being told in today's political world

Quite the Republican Convention last week in Cleveland, huh? In an event where some figured there would be demonstrations and possible walkouts of delegates over Donald Trump earning the party’s nod to face Hillary Clinton, none of that happened....

 

Grade school dropout Henry Kaiser also made America great

Between now and November, you will hear lots about “How to Make America Great Again!” Much of our country’s greatness is because of our “entrepreneurial spirit.” It is our unique trait that makes us the envy of the world. America has been...

 

Cheney Friends thank you

The Cheney Friends of the Library thank everyone who donated books or purchased them at our recent sale. Proceeds help fund learning and reading programs and the purchase of special materials and furnishings for the Cheney Library. We also give...

 

Vote For Field for 6th Rep.

I would like to thank the Free Press for its honest and fair review of Ian Field’s candidacy for the 6th District seat. Field is the most knowledgeable and best prepared of all the 6th District candidates. He is the only one running who has known...

 

Thank God for good people and the kindness they give

Thank you to the wonderful farm lady who came over recently to try and help us jump-start our SUV. And thank you also to the other lady for letting us use her higher gauge jumper cable. The next blessing was two wonderful men who took charge and...

 

Now is the time for third-party candidates to make a stand

Many registered voters are not looking forward to this November’s presidential election, which will pit Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton against presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump. According to a July 7 poll from the Pew Research...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    July 21, 2016

Solutions seem miles away in recent headline shootings

Timing is everything, it is said. And the timing of author Heather MacDonald’s recently released book, “The War on Cops: How the New Attack on Law and Order Makes Everyone Less Safe,” is tragically so. The recent epidemic of those taking out...

 

Politicians might find 'bumper car therapy' beneficial in relieving polarization

Over the last 35 years our family has vacationed at the same place on the beach. While the buildings have been refurbished, the complex remains largely unchanged. However, our entertainment has changed a lot. We still swim, jump the waves and build...

 

Imagine a conflict-free world, and take steps towards it

With our daily news running to atrocity after tragedy, Americans are frightened and angry. Some are resonating with hate talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh or quintessentially enraged TV bloviators like Bill O’Reilly. This gets them pushed toward...

 

Comey's Clinton decision ignites partisan fireworks

Thanks to FBI director James Comey’s press conference July 5, there were plenty of post-Independence Day fireworks. His nearly 15 minutes of live, nationally broadcast findings of a many-month investigation into how the likely Democratic candidate...

 

Experienced and impartial approach is key to successful elections

Accessible, accurate, and secure elections are the cornerstone of our government. All voters must have confidence that our representatives have been fairly elected. Because of this, all election administrators must demonstrate non-partisan actions...

 

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