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 Opinion    August 28, 2014 

Suicide affects everyone in one way or another

The death of comedian Robin Williams sparked many pleas for people to seek help if they feel like they want to take their own life. Everyone, from children to adults, experiences some sort of depression. Getting through it depends on the depth, how...

 
 By RICHARD BADALAMENTE    Opinion    August 28, 2014 

U.S. ill equipped to deal with mass migration of refugees

Since the beginning of this year, more than 50,000 children, mostly teens, but others as young as nine or 10, some younger, have swarmed across America’s southern border. Officials expect the number to exceed 70,000 by yearend. They are escaping...

 
 Opinion    August 21, 2014

The eyes of the football national will be upon us

This Saturday an estimated 120 million households could be getting eyestrain from their first glimpse of the red turf of the Inferno at Roos Field. Thank goodness it’s a little less bright than when it was first installed back in 2010. The gaze...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    August 21, 2014

Journalists stick to sidelines but sometimes get thrown into heat of stories

One of the first things you learn as a reporter is not getting directly involved with the story you are covering. This is easy, especially when it comes to sports. Other than taking a couple of steps into the end zone in hopes of snapping a few...

 
 Opinion    August 21, 2014

West Plains Police News

CHENEY Aug. 11 Tessa Adams, 18, and a 17-year-old female were arrested on the 2300 block of University Lane for fourth-degree assault. Marcus A. Nolan, 23, was arrested on the 800 block of West First Street for fourth-degree assault/domestic...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2014

Big or small, gratitude leaves footprints in society

A.A. Milne, author of “Winnie the Pooh” wrote, “Piglet noticed that even though he had a very small heart, it could hold a rather large amount of gratitude.” As much as “Winnie the Pooh” has its origin as a children’s story, it...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    August 14, 2014

Fear prevents us from facing our country's challenges

“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.” Plato, Greek philosopher, 427 – 347 B.C. “Fear defeats more people than any other one thing in the world.” Ralph Waldo...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2014

Community loses activist and former museum director

Mary Jane Booth passed away Sunday, Aug. 10. She is remembered as a driving force on a number of community actions, and as a 56-year member of the Tilicum Club and the Cheney Historical Museum. Mary Jane had a way of cajoling people to volunteer in...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2014

Thank you for supporting Cheney Junior Rodeo

We would like to send a heartfelt thank you to all of our sponsors and especially to our volunteers who worked tirelessly to make sure everything went well for the kids during the Cheney Junior Rodeo. You people are awesome. Sherry McNall...

 
 Opinion    August 14, 2014

Response to LaForge's column about censorship

Regarding John LaForge’s column regarding censorship of the use of American atomic bombs on Japan in 1945, he got it tactically correct, but strategically wrong.  The atomic bombs were used strictly for strategic reasons.  Let me explain.  At...

 
 By From The Panama City Herald    Opinion    August 7, 2014

The power of truth and lies in our world

A recent email had us thinking of Mark Twain, John Adams and Stephen Colbert. Let’s start with Twain who wrote: “It ain’t what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.” That’s the...

 
 By JOHN LaFORGE    Opinion    August 7, 2014

Censorship and myth-making enshrined ignorance of Hiroshima and The Bomb

The US atomic destruction of 140,000 people at Hiroshima and 70,000 at Nagasaki was never “necessary” because Japan was already smashed, no land invasion was needed and Japan was suing for peace. The official myth that “the bombs saved...

 
 Opinion    August 7, 2014

Temperatures contribute to increase of fires

Paul Delaney (Cheney Free Press, 7/31/14) takes exception to the contention that “climate change is the culprit for longer, bigger and more intense wildfires.” According to Delaney, it’s all about forest management. Well, Washington isn’t...

 
 Opinion    July 31, 2014

Heed Smokey the Bear's wise words this fire season

We pride ourselves, when living in the Inland Northwest, that we do not have to endure Mother Nature’s wrath, as do other parts of the country. We don’t have tornadoes like the Midwest, nor hurricanes like the South and Atlantic Coast. We’re...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    July 31, 2014

Forest management the real culprit in today's wildfires

No pun intended, but wildfires seem to be a hot topic lately. It’s a time when Mother Nature can wreak havoc on already parched forests and fields across the West with a passing lightning storm just as easily as a careless human with a hot exhaust...

 
 Opinion    July 24, 2014

Healthy eating habits need to start at home

The Healthy Hunger Free-Kids Act was established in 2010 by the Obama Administration to fund free meals in public schools as well as establish new nutrition standards that would benefit students. Although the act attempts to ensure that students get...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    July 24, 2014

Even a hammer-wielding thunder gods has to change

Change is inevitable, especially when it comes to comic books. Every fan of the medium knows that. Yet many fans still complain and kick their feet in rage when a publisher changes something in their books — particularly when it involves a...

 
 Opinion    July 24, 2014

Do not vote for Cathy McMorris Rodgers

Please don’t vote for Cathy McMorris Rodgers. She lies. She says she’s for equal pay, but she voted against equal pay laws four times. She voted twice against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and twice against the Paycheck Fairness Act. These...

 
 Opinion    July 24, 2014

Thank you from Cheney Library

The Friends of the Cheney Library thanks everyone who came out to buy books in the hot weather on rodeo weekend. The proceeds from the sale are used to buy program supplies, special furnishings and other items used in the Cheney library. We also...

 
 Opinion    July 17, 2014

It's well past time for five county commissioners

Plenty has changed in the last 25 years in Spokane County. Most notably, we’ve grown by nearly 120,000 people, some of the most rapid growth ever. In the upcoming Aug. 5 primary election, the citizens of the West Plains will select the top two...

 
 By John McCallum    Opinion    July 17, 2014

Seeking lessons in last trip to Guatemala, for now

Next Wednesday, July 23, I leave again on a mission trip to Guatemala. It will be my third consecutive trip, fourth overall, and likely my last for a while — at least a year. It’s an amazing adventure to be in that country, to travel and...

 
 Opinion    July 17, 2014

Letters

Lyndon Johnson had it right after all Ed Feulner, in his guest commentary for the Cheney Free Press, July 3, 2014, says that he’s learned, “you can’t improve something unless you can measure it.” He then goes on to label Lyndon Johnson’s...

 
 Opinion    July 10, 2014

Volunteering starts with the individual

During the summer, there are community events — big and small — that bring citizens together, including Medical Lake’s Founder’s Day, the Cheney Rodeo and the Cheney Jubilee. These events are run by organizations and unpaid volunteers who...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    July 10, 2014

Fourth of July holiday a great time to reminisce

Seems that the Fourth of July is the perfect time to revisit history. So as I sat around the campfire at Apgar Campground along the shores of Lake McDonald, just inside the confines of Glacier National Park, it got me thinking about Independence...

 
 By Ed FEULNER    Opinion    July 3, 2014

Taking the measure of Lyndon Johnson's 'Great Society'

One of the lessons I learned in my first management course is you can’t improve something unless you can measure it. So let’s apply that to government. As ambitious government programs go, it’s hard to top the “Great Society,” which...

 

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