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 Opinion    October 16, 2014 

Legislature must fix common school funding sources

The Washington State School Directors’ Association recently made available its proposed legislative priorities for the 2015 legislative session. Delegates to the 2014 Legislative Assembly approved 45 new proposals, added 16 new proposals to...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    October 16, 2014 

Getting public officials off talking points is what citizens must do

As town hall meetings go, the Sept. 26 “Conversation with Cathy” with congressional 5th District Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers at Cheney’s Wren Pierson Community Center was definitely good political theater, if nothing else. But that’s part of...

 
 Opinion    October 16, 2014 

We deserve another four years of Chase

As an Independent voter I have always put the value of good government over party politics. As County Commissioner my personal experience with Rob Chase as County Treasurer affirmed that Rob has the community’s best interest at heart. Rob...

 
 Opinion    October 9, 2014

Double standards for spotlighted citizens pose questions

Headlines about former president Bill Clinton’s scandal, football player Ray Rice’s domestic violence incident, actress Lindsay Lohan’s drug and alcohol problems and Miley Cyrus’s drastic change in appearance, actions and attitudes...

 
 Opinion    October 9, 2014

StageWest wraps up successful play

StageWest CT, Inc. wrapped up the first play of the season last Sunday. We had a large turn out for the last weekend. We would like to thank Emmanuel Lutheran Church for their graciousness of allowing us to use their building for our auditions,...

 
 Opinion    October 9, 2014

McMorris Rodgers does not know job market

Reading the lead article (“Confrontational conversation with Cathy”) in the Cheney Free Press last week, I was repulsed and infuriated at McMorris Rodgers’s remarks about girls “not imagining themselves in higher paying fields and wanting...

 
 Opinion    October 9, 2014

'Fantasy Driving Rules' for Cheney

Now that the university is back in session there are many new drivers in Cheney. These along with our resident drivers — young and old — can make driving a challenge. I’m referring to “Fantasy Driving Rules.” Now, alas, I don’t know all...

 
 Opinion    October 9, 2014

Citizens should vote for Baumgartner

Liberal California zillionaire Tom Steyer has given Gov. Jay Inslee and the Washington State Democrats the first of the multiple millions he promised to be used to buy Washington State for the Democrats this election.  He has promised “as much as...

 
 Opinion    October 2, 2014

Responsibility falls on everyone's shoulders

As children, we are instilled with a sense of responsibility, which Partners Advancing Character Education (PACE) describes as being accountable of your actions, pursuing a path of excellence and the exercising self-control. If we ask for a dog or a...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    October 2, 2014

Canada: Land of great inventions and fond memories

Let’s see, there’s Insulin, Superman, basketball, the snowmobile, the telephone, peanut butter and, among others, IMAX and instant replay. Oh, add beer with a punch, some great candy and hockey, too. Canada, and those with Canadian ancestry have...

 
 Opinion    October 2, 2014

Voters can't count on McMorris Rodgers

Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted against a bill to help both college students and active service members. “HR 2669 — Student Loan Lender Subsidy Cuts and Student Grants,” increases Pell Grant amounts and reduced interest rates on new subsidized...

 
 By Brittani Montecucco    Opinion    October 2, 2014

Cheney School District Funding

The graph above shows the sources and percentages of funding revenue for the Cheney and Medical Lake school districts....

 
 Opinion    September 25, 2014

How will needs and wants be addressed by city, schools?

The Cheney School District and its supporters face some difficult decisions in the next few months. On Feb. 10, 2015 voters will go to the polls and decide the fate of a $44.8 million bond issue that would pay for a much-needed renovation of Cheney...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    September 25, 2014

Fantasy football combines strategy and love for the game

For the first time in years, I rooted for the Green Bay Packers as they played the Detroit Lions on Sunday. After the Lions beat the Packers, 19-7, I shared my angst with the rest of the Cheeseheads across the country. No, I haven’t joined the...

 
 Opinion    September 25, 2014

McMorris Rodgers' nose keeps growing

We all know the story of Pinocchio and how his nose grew when he told a lie. Wouldn’t it be great if that would happen to members of Congress every time they lied? Cathy McMorris Rodgers would seek a nose reduction immediately. Her strategy to...

 
 By ALEXANDRA AMONETTE    Opinion    September 25, 2014

CFD proposal a sensible solution for global warming

New York City can feel far away from us here in Eastern Washington. But, this past week, history was made there in the steps along the road to an international 2015 global warming agreement. World leaders gathered at the United Nations on Sept. 23...

 
 Opinion    September 18, 2014

Phones are for more than just texting friends

For the last 20 years, technology has changed the way we communicate with each other. While phone calls were once the most popular way to reach out and touch someone, email seems to have surpassed it as a communication channel to connect with others...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    September 18, 2014

Applying the Constitution today requires thought, not rhetoric

I refer to these types of commentaries as “lazy man’s columns.” Meaning, I ran out of time, too much stuff on my plate, and was a little late in addressing the subject so I used a bit of cut and paste to help me attain my word requirements. But...

 
 Opinion    September 18, 2014

Time has come to talk trash responsibly

Wake up and smell the landfill. Let’s talk trash. As I understand it, both Cheney and Medical Lake continue to deliberate whether or not to sign with Spokane County’s new solid waste system services. Prior to 1991, Spokane County’s garbage was...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    September 18, 2014

Is an all-green energy strategy worth the cost?

What if we could peer into the future and see the consequences of the decisions we make today? In a way, we can. According to Washington state economists, a carbon tax high enough to achieve Gov. Jay Inslee’s stated climate change goals would...

 
 Opinion    September 11, 2014

It's time to stop the foreign policy crisis intervention cycle

If you feel every time you get up in the morning there’s a new foreign policy crisis facing the nation, you’re not alone. It can be dizzying how a confrontation in one area of the world is quickly replaced by conflict in another area. Often...

 
 By REP. JEFF HOLY    Opinion    September 11, 2014

West Plains has enormous potential for our economic future

In the early 1960s, I attended grade school at St. Anthony in Renton. Catholic schools attracted students from quite a large area, so a number of kids in my class were from the Kent valley. I well remember a classmate whose family owned a dairy in...

 
 By EMILY CLEATH    Opinion    September 11, 2014

What is the true poverty rate in America?

A picture of you standing in front of your dirty car doesn’t mean that your car has always been and always will be dirty — or that it’s dirty because of some personal failure of yours. Nor does it mean you’re the only person around whose...

 
 Opinion    September 4, 2014

Businesses should get their red on and support their team

Fans dressed in red from head to toe fill the bleachers of Roos Field every home game in a show of support of the Eastern Washington football team. Football lovers who cannot make it to Roos Field will watch the game and cheer the Eagles from their...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    September 4, 2014

Reflecting on time spent with the real friends in one's life

This Labor Day weekend offered up a little bit of everything. There was some family and fun time. I tinkered and got caught up on all kinds of nagging little projects. Worked a little, too, getting up close and personal — as much as the side judge...

 

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