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 Opinion    June 25, 2015 

Wildfire season is here, be prepared for it

It’s going to be another hot and dry summer for the West Plains, which means there are plenty of chances for wildfires in the area. It’s late June and we’ve already seen some wildfires in the region, including last week’s 145-acre blaze at Fi...

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion    June 25, 2015 

In Our Opinion 101 - how the Cheney Free Press editorial board works

"Who wrote that?" It's a question I often receive regarding our in house editorial feature "In Our Opinion." I get it enough, and lately from several readers, that it probably means it's time to reiterate how we go about producing the weekly opinion...

 
 Opinion    June 25, 2015 

Letters

Exercise great care when lighting fireworks I’ve had extensive emails with city officials here in Medical Lake about my concerns of Fourth of July fireworks being allowed in this extreme drought season that we are experiencing. There have already...

 
 Opinion    June 18, 2015

Many questions surround the McKinney incident

Once again the nightly news broadcasts, both national and local, found a story that they could not get enough of. On June 5, a McKinney, Texas policeman, Cpl. Eric Casebolt got caught on cellphone video strong-arming a 14-year-old girl to the ground...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    June 18, 2015

Dolezal's family dispute leaks into her professional life

What starts out as a simple dispute can sometimes grow to unimaginable proportions. In the last week, many eyes across the nation have been fixated on Rachel Dolezal, the recently resigned president of Spokane’s NAACP chapter and a part-time...

 
 By RACHAEL MEYER    Opinion    June 18, 2015

Conservation, crop insurance and tax dollars

The federal crop insurance program provides an agricultural safety net, and crop insurance premium subsidies were created to increase usage of these risk management tools. The federal government subsidizes, on average, 62 percent of crop insurance pr...

 
 Opinion    June 11, 2015

Catch your own limit of West Plains' summer fun

It’s that time a year when we map out our summer getaways. But as you plan to visit destinations that are maybe far away, or even foreign, think about ratcheting things back a little and remember what might just be in or near your backyard. The...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    June 11, 2015

Caitlyn Jenner benefits from status other transgenders don't enjoy

I’m not sure how to take this whole Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner, thing. I won’t recap how a former 1976 Olympic male decathlon gold medallist became a 2015 female talk show and magazine personality. You’d truly have to have returned from a...

 
 Opinion    June 11, 2015

Consumers have an out of control spending problem

From 1960 to 2014, the average house size has more than doubled from 1,200 to 2,600 square feet, automobile ownership has gone up from 1 to 1.7 per household and the percentage of household income spent on food has dropped from 17.5 percent to 9.6...

 
 Opinion    June 4, 2015

Defining basic education in Washington

One thing is for certain — and that is the release of the Washington House of Representatives 2015-2017 budget proposal on Monday shows there are still signs of life in Olympia among our elected representatives. That may be a small comfort to K-12...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    June 4, 2015

Isn't there a better way to address school funding issues?

Cheers to teachers in Cheney and Medical Lake, plus a significant number of other educators who chose not to disrupt the lives of their real bosses, the taxpayers — and more importantly students — to be part of recent statewide rolling walkout or...

 
 Opinion    June 4, 2015

History provides understanding of present-day issues

Change the name of the geographical area, throw in the names of the major participants and one could say we are back in the days of the then — so called “advisors.” It was the spring of 1968 — and Tet was near. My company was assigned to...

 
 Opinion    May 28, 2015

Don't extend Patriot Act without changes

Reprinted from the Orange County Register The House this past Thursday adjourned for its week-long Memorial Day recess leaving uncertain the fate of three provisions of the USA Patriot Act scheduled to expire June 1. Sen. John McCain, the Arizona,...

 
 By ROGER STARK    Opinion    May 28, 2015

Time to make funding for public mental health services a priority

The treatment of mentally ill patients has undergone radical changes in the past 150 years, and not always for the better. Unfortunately, public health treatment remains grossly underfunded and consequently care is fragmented and places a huge social...

 
 By TRACI BRUCKNER    Opinion    May 28, 2015

It's time to reform crop insurance and help smaller neighbors

At the Center for Rural Affairs, we’ve heard from farmers across the Midwest and Great Plains about negative impacts of federally subsidized crop insurance for over a decade. A farm safety net is important to help family farmers mitigate risks,...

 
 Opinion    May 28, 2015

Control the fire of hatred against law enforcement

I would like to thank the Cheney Free Press for having the good heart to print the article in the Opinion section of the paper titled “This war on police officers needs to stop.” This was in the May 14, 2015 edition. Police officers in our...

 
 Opinion    May 28, 2015

Camera crews bring fun to Medical Lake

What fun we’ve had here in Medical Lake having a popular TV show filming right here in downtown. I’m sure some citizens have been a little disgruntled, driving out of their way to get to businesses, but only a block or two at most. Just to watch...

 
 Opinion    May 21, 2015

EWU player departure needs better perspective

Quick — somebody get the name of the bus that just ran over Eastern Washington University women’s basketball head coach Wendy Schuller and her program. And get the names of those individuals who tossed her under that careening, out-of-control...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    May 21, 2015

Youth sports is more than just about winning, it's about growth

If you’re a sports fan and are looking for something to take your mind off the bad news that’s happening in athletics, look no further than in your neighborhood — and I’m not referring to the college students throwing flying discs in the...

 
 Opinion    May 21, 2015

Love is displayed when we help those in need of it

In the May 7 edition of the Cheney Free Press Mr. Norm Luther states that Jesus never talked about homosexuality. Mr. Luther may be right, to my knowledge Jesus never used the word homosexual. Mr. Luther uses this detail as justification for his feel...

 
 Opinion    May 21, 2015

Thank you, Cheney Care Center for luncheon

I would like to comment on the Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Cheney Care Center on Sunday, May 10. I was invited to attend with my mom,  as a guest and was amazed at how pleasant the whole event was.  Everyone was made to feel special by the...

 
 Opinion    May 14, 2015

This 'war on police officers' needs to stop

We all walk out the door every day and never know what lies ahead, but rarely do we ask ourselves, “will we come home?” That might ring differently for members of the law enforcement community as it seems police officers have proven to be...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    May 14, 2015

To understand science and history, learn to read the dirt

This is a fact: You can’t walk around Eldon Pueblo without stepping on a piece of history. For those who don’t know, Eldon Pueblo is an ancient Native American ruin about a mile east of Flagstaff in Northern Arizona, which is where I spent most o...

 
 By RICHARD BADALAMENTE    Opinion    May 14, 2015

Brunell's endorsement of fossil fuels is irresponsible

Don Brunell’s ‘Guest Commentary’ on fossil fuels happened to appear in the Cheney Free Press on my son’s birthday, March 26, 2015. The chronological milestone — he turned 50 — made me consider just how irresponsible Mr. Brunell’s...

 
 Opinion    May 7, 2015

Young athletes make mistakes like the rest of us

It’s that time of year when young athletes are preparing for the next stage in their sports careers. High school athletes who are fortunate enough to get to play at the college level will sign — or have already signed — their letters of intent...

 

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