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Legislative fixes for education disappointing

It wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to deem the state legislative session getting underway this week as the “Education Legislature.” Education will be front and center, particularly how best to fund it and hence live up to the directives of...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    January 12, 2017 

A stranger's kindness is appreciated - especially when stuck

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor For the second time in about six months, I’ve been saved by a young girl. In August, I wrote about a recent mission trip to Guatemala, of trying to hike into a village during a rainstorm along narrow, muddy, slick footpaths...

 

Passage of Cheney school bond needed to accommodate growth

The Cheney School District has chosen to go for round three of the bond proposal vote. In 2015, the voters rejected the $44.8 million bond twice. I have pleaded with the school board, at their meetings, to come up with a lower bond amount and only...

 

School bond's passage is essential for tomorrow's workforce

I have been a school and department secretary for Cheney Public Schools for 17 years, and I am writing in support of the proposed bond being put to voters Feb. 14, 2017. Enrollment is increasing. Our district resides in some of the fastest growing...

 

Real plan for Cheney High School needs further discussion

Cheney School District has a unique identity because of its diversity. A university town serves as its anchor supported by yet another small town with its commercial/manufacturing weight. We extend to Eagle Ridge, slide over Four Lakes and down...

 

Busy Snow Angels could use more volunteers

This is turning out to be a busy year for Cheney’s Snow Angels. In 2012, City Councilman John Taves saw a need and organized a small band of volunteers to shovel or snowblow sidewalks and driveways for residents who are unable to clear their own...

 

Cheney Free Press carries immediate impact

One thing is certain — 2017 will be an interesting year for journalism. In fact, it will be interesting for media in general. And, that might not be limited to just 2017, but 2018, 2019 and on. Nationally, we are all aware of the challenges to...

 

It's time to give new meaning to the phrase, 'DWI'

What is it about winter and impaired judgment? First off, it generally has little to do with too much spiked eggnog punch like that Clark Griswold wolfed down while surrounded by a house filled with dysfunctional family members in the movie classic,...

 

Feed Medical Lake thanks community for support

We want to thank everyone who has supported Feed Medical Lake in 2016 whether by donation or participation.  Feed Medical Lake is a vital program for the community of Medical Lake and nearby communities. Supper is served the second Monday of each...

 

Round three of bond similar to rounds one and two

The Cheney School District has chosen to go for round three of the bond proposal vote. In 2015, the voters rejected the $44.8 million bond twice. I have pleaded with the school board, at their meetings, to come up with a lower bond amount and only go...

 

Cop shootings statistics and job stress on the rise

The number of police officers shot and killed last year rose dramatically. So did the number of assaults on cops and the stress under which they work. That trend ought to concern every American because violence impacts our neighborhoods, schools and...

 

Ron McKinley didn't hesitate to give to his community

Stopping at Napa Auto Parts a couple weeks ago, Bob and I were discussing the passing of Ronnie McKinley. Bob shared in all his years, he never waited on a nicer customer. Ron Schmitt was at the...

 

Opportunities with the shift from oil

By DON C. BRUNELL Contributor As 2017 approaches, it is fascinating to look back at the vast changes in our lives over the last century and then imagine where we may be headed in the next 25 years. It is hard to picture that in the year 1900, more...

 

Making the giving season a year-round thing

For years at about this time of year, the Cheney Free Press has encouraged readers to make sure to do what they can to help those in the West Plains community who might be in search of food, gifts for Christmas and any number of other needs. There...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    December 22, 2016

To believe, or not to believe in Santa? - that is the question

Note: This column contains sensitive information about the existence of Santa Claus. Adults should silently read this piece in the presence of young children. In the last couple of weeks, some parents have probably had their children ask them that on...

 

Taxpayer funded infrastructure is better suited to public needs

The article “Airway heights gets $2.3 million transportation grant,” (CFP 12/08/16) seems benign enough, but a more substance discussion of state money lies behind it. In this divisive political time, it can be rather difficult to have an actual...

 

U.S. workforce dropouts a puzzling problem

While unemployment numbers continue to drop, there is a statistic outside the official figures creating concern — people who have stopped looking for work. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the official unemployment rate is...

 

Spreading hope, peace, joy and love starts with a simple greeting

An incident occurred the other day that got me thinking about this time of year. Walking into a grocery store last Saturday, I encountered a Salvation Army red kettle bell-ringer standing outside the entrance in the cold and snow, trying best to stay...

 

Thank you West Plains, Emmanuel Lutheran, for supporting StageWest

StageWest Community Theatre has finished our last performance for the 2016 year. We had a great run with “The Littlest Angel” from the book by Charles Tazwell and O’Henry’s “The Gift of the Magi” both adapted by first time director Judy...

 

Supporting unions will reinvigorate the middle class

Why have many American workers abandoned the Democratic Party? During the last 50 years, Republicans have systematically weakened the unions, historically a Democratic Party base. This has led to members’ distrust of union leadership and of its...

 

Giving to others also includes volunteering

Tis the season of giving. We’re all familiar with the practice of gift giving over this holiday season. There is also the aspect of charitable giving. In fact, many charitable organizations and non-profits look to this time of year for help...

 

What you can do to make sure you receive your Christmas gifts

If you have ever ordered clothing, jewelry, gifts or any other merchandise by phone, computer, or mail chances are those items were delivered straight to your home. Most deliveries do not require a signature and are generally left at your front door...

 

Kids in the hall - It's past time for a Cheney High auditorium

I am responding to Mr. (Bill) Johns’ comments that Cheney High School does not “need” an auditorium. (Cheney Free Press, Nov. 24) I think Mr. Johns must not have any idea what the “needs” of drama, choir and band programs are. I...

 

Middle class is likely to bear the costs of health care changes

I am writing today in regards to the article “Cheney adopts one year union contract,” Dec. 1. I wonder, with the war on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), what are the far reaching implications, considering that our local eight-person union was affec...

 

There is still time to sign grandparents visitation rights initiative

Attention all alienated grandparents in Washington state: after working very hard for many months, it’s possible that the grandparents visitation rights statewide Legislative Initiative 877, Children Need Grandparents, may fall short of the...

 

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