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 Opinion    February 4, 2016 

Court needs to define 'natural-born' citizen

The following is reprinted from the Panama City (Florida) News Herald and may or may not reflect the views of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. Back in the 1970s, Dr. Pepper sought to lure us in by suggesting its consumers could be part of a...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    February 4, 2016 

Black History Month should encourage the study of everyone's history

“If a race has no history, it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world, and it stands in danger of being exterminated.” These are the words of historian Carter G. Woodson, as quoted in the article...

 
 By HARVEY ALVY    Opinion    February 4, 2016 

President Lincoln's legacy: honesty, integrity and personal example

When casually asked to define an “honest person” the logical response is, “It’s someone who tells the truth.” But when honesty is revered as a character trait we need to go beyond a simple definition and ask: What attributes do we expect...

 
 Opinion    February 4, 2016 

Souper Bowl of Caring seeks to repeat last year's success

Feed Cheney will be holding our second annual fundraiser on Super Bowl Sunday — it’s called “The Souper Bowl of Caring.” Last year we met an ambitious goal of $6,000, thanks to collections taken at several Cheney churches and online...

 
 Opinion    January 28, 2016

Despite issues, charter schools need room to work

Most mid-biennial sessions in Olympia don’t end up producing much in the way of substantial, earth-shattering legislation. But thanks to a pair of Washington State Supreme Court decisions, this year’s January – March legislative get together...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    January 28, 2016

The EPA has yet another 'Oops we did it again' moment

It’s been interesting to follow the water crisis in Flint, Mich. and see where efforts to save a buck have turned to passing the buck. That city of some 100,000 has horrible problems with its water that began when in 2014 city officials chose to...

 
 Opinion    January 28, 2016

McMorris Rodgers questioned on healthcare stance

Sixty times and getting ready for number 61. Republicans have voted 60 times to repeal the law that allows healthcare for all. Cathy McMorris Rodgers stated, in a recent public meeting in Waitsburg, that people should be reflected through their...

 
 By JOE CONASON    Opinion    January 28, 2016

The man who drowned democracy with 'sewer money'

This week marked the anniversary of the Citizens United decision, which exposed American democracy to increasing domination by the country’s very richest and most reactionary figures -modern heirs to those “malefactors of great wealth”...

 
 Opinion    January 28, 2016

What are Cruz, Trump supporters thinking?

Following the Paris and San Bernardino brutal terrorist attacks, reported to be inspired, if not executed, by the Islamic state (ISIS), polls showed that the ISIS threat was uppermost in people’s minds — and understandably so. Yet when shortly...

 
 Opinion    January 21, 2016

New York example sends sin tax rationale up in smoke

The following editorial was published in the Jan. 16 Orange County Register. It does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Cheney Free Press editorial board. New York state offers a classic example of the failings of “sin taxes.”...

 
 Opinion    January 21, 2016

Violence decreasing for centuries

When our Ukrainian neighbors moved into a rundown trailer a decade ago, two large dogs started running loose on our property. Oh man, we thought, more people who move to the country and let their dogs run rampant. So we grumbled, talked to other...

 
 Opinion    January 14, 2016

Poll finds government is our biggest problem

The following editorial is reprinted from the Jan. 12 Orange County Register. It does not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the Cheney Free Press. For the second year in a row, government was the largest problem facing the nation,...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    January 14, 2016

Condemning violence against U.S. Muslims would benefit all

On Dec. 17, 2015, Rep. Donald Beyer (D-Virginia, 8th District) introduced House Resolution 569, titled “Condemning violence, bigotry, and hateful rhetoric towards Muslims in the United States.” As of Jan. 12, 107 other Democrats had signed on to...

 
 Opinion    January 14, 2016

City officials earn voters trust and honor with respect

I appreciated the Free Press article “Cheney voters choose trust and lift levy lid.” (Jan. 7) With trust there is honor. With honor there is respect. In my opinion, Proposition 1 (for continual public safety, etc.) passed because of the needs of...

 
 By Kathy Kelly    Opinion    January 14, 2016

Surveillance, surveys and answers in Kabul

In Kabul, where the Afghan Peace Volunteers have hosted me in their community, the U.S. military maintains a huge blimp equipped with cameras and computers to supply 24-hour surveillance of the city. Remotely piloted drones, operated by Air Force...

 
 Opinion    January 7, 2016

More particpation and collaboration in 2016

With a new year comes a chance for new starts and for ways we can improve from last year. Here are some things the Cheney Free Press Editorial board would like to see in 2016. First, we would like to see more participation from the community at...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    January 7, 2016

Will anyone pay the price for prisoners early release?

Just before Christmas we learned that over the past 13 years some 3,200 inmates from the Washington State Department of Corrections facilities had been prematurely released. When I heard the news, the initial thought was at least this bureaucratic sc...

 
 Opinion    December 31, 2015

More gun laws wrong response to massacre

This editorial appeared in The Orange County Register, Dec. 27, 2015. Almost all mass murders committed with guns prompt calls for tougher gun laws. The problem is, in pretty much every recent mass shooting in America, any newly proposed gun control...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    December 31, 2015

Songs bring back the many memories of Christmas

Editor’s note: Capitalization, phrasing and line breaks from John Lennon’s song “Happy Christmas” used in this column have been retained in keeping with the original meaning of the work. I’m not sure why but once I heard John Lennon’s 197...

 
 Opinion    December 31, 2015

Thank you from Feed Medical Lake

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped at Feed Medical Lake in 2015!  You put in many long hours and did a superb job. Thank you also to all who came to the meals. We greatly enjoy  your company. Please continue to join us in 2016.  Joanna...

 
 Opinion    December 31, 2015

Blessings from ML Care and Share staff

On behalf of the ladies who devote their time to the Care and Share, I would like to thank all those in Medical Lake and outlying towns, who bless us by donating their treasures for resale and support our cause through their purchases. One hundred...

 
 By Nicolas J. S. Davies    Opinion    December 31, 2015

Steps to defeating terrorism - theirs and ours

France and Russia’s military responses to mass murders in Paris and Egypt echo the U.S. response to mass murders in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania in 2001. Islamic State (IS) has welcomed this warlike response to its latest atrocities. Al...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    December 24, 2015

The hype around 'Star Wars' is strong - too strong

“Star Wars” is everywhere. Like the Death Star’s tractor beam, there’s no way to escape it. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” the latest installment in the multi-billion dollar franchise, opened last week, bringing fans — young and old...

 
 By RICHARD BADALAMENTE    Opinion    December 24, 2015

Differences disappear at the neighbor level

I stepped out the front door of our new home to get some groceries from the car. We’d just moved in and I was stocking up. A young boy hurried over from across the street and said, “Welcome to the neighborhood!” “Well, thank you,” I said,...

 
 Opinion    December 24, 2015

Thank you from StageWest Community Theatre

StageWest Community Theatre has wrapped up the final production for 2015. “Miracle on 34th Street” was a great hit. Thank you to all the audience members that came to the different performances, the cast and crew and their families for all their...

 

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