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 Opinion    March 5, 2015 

Bond failure needs to generate community debate

With the county’s certification of the Feb. 10 special election last Wednesday, Feb. 25, the Cheney School District’s nearly $44.8 million construction bond for expanding and remodeling the high school has come up short of the needed 60 percent...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015 

Quality of facilities play a role in student's education

As a parent, community member and educator I ask Cheney’s citizens to consider the important role quality facilities can play in the education of our youth, and also about the message sent to the children and educators in our community when people...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015 

Take a closer look at alternative approach

Cheney has incredible teachers and schools. The high school may be in need of additional classrooms but I find most of the other items on the bond to be excessive. Bill Johns’ alternatives to the school bond are informative and well...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015 

Increased taxes will affect families

Any time we talk about levies and bonds, it is important to remember they are simply taxes, specifically taxes on homes and property. We need to be very careful that we don’t endanger our neighbors’ ability to keep their homes, for the sake of...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015 

Cheney students deserve better

I am writing to encourage the residents of Cheney School District to get behind our kids and vote “Yes” to rerun the bond for the remodel of Cheney High School. We only had 30 percent of our voters turn out for this election. Our kids need you...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015 

Taxpayers should ask questions

I attended the school board meeting on Feb. 25 and got to listen to the staff of the school district belittle those who dared question the bond issue for nearly two hours. Various teachers and students demanded and insisted they “deserve” or...

 
 Opinion    March 5, 2015 

Washington Policy Center's agenda is detrimental to the state

I recently listened to a speech by the Spokane director of the Washington Policy Center. His opening claimed the center is an organization dedicated to improving our state, he then, in my estimation, proceeded to explain an agenda detrimental to our...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015

U.S. should be silent partner in war against ISIS

Somebody is going to have to cut the cancer out. When it comes down to defining a strategy on how to deal with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or of Iraq and the Levant, depending on your preference, that statement is pretty much it in a...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    February 26, 2015

Inslee's carbon fuels folly could halt transportation bill

You had to like that nice Christmas present, and maybe some of the extra cash with gas costing under $1.75 a gallon provided, right? I know my wife and I enjoyed saving about $300 a month from the fuel bills that were nothing short of overwhelming...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015

Johns' proposal is not the answer

Bill Johns has argued that renovations to Cheney High School can be accomplished for $11.65 million. He presented this option to the citizens’ committee, school board and in newspapers.  The truth is that his plan is simply inadequate. While...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015

Voting "no" is not against kids

The notion that the NO vote for the high school bond issue was a vote against kids lacks respect of possible voter wisdom, or more importantly, people’s pocketbooks. In the early 1990’s Cheney school district officials put forth a bond issue to...

 
 Opinion    February 26, 2015

Students need more space

As I watched the drama performance this past Friday at Eastern’s Showalter Hall, something seemed to be not quite right. Watching my fellow high school students perform very admirably on a stage that wasn’t their own seemed again, not quite...

 
 Opinion    February 19, 2015

Yes, vaccinations do their part to help fight diseases

Vaccinations have been a hot subject over the years but it has been put at the forefront due to the recent outbreak of measles in the United States. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, there have been 121 cases of measles...

 
 Opinion    February 19, 2015

Community should show support for high school remodel

I am writing this letter to voice my sincerest concerns over the news that our Cheney School Districts bond on the latest ballot did not pass. As happy as I was to learn that our renewal Levy passed, I was heartbroken to learn that our current...

 
 Opinion    February 19, 2015

Overcrowding at the school is a big problem

I find it tremendously sad that I have to write this letter to the residents of the Cheney School District, when over the years, you have been consistently telling Cheney’s youth, “We believe you are important and worth the investment.” So what...

 
 Opinion    February 19, 2015

District should have an open discussion on bond

Sean Dotson, of the Cheney School District, was quoted in the Spokesman Review, Feb. 12 issue, “If we don’t pass it, we will have to reach out and educate about the need.” I voted against the bond with full knowledge of what is truly a...

 
 Opinion    February 19, 2015

Cheney Schools thanks community for support

Thank you so very much for your overwhelming support of our Educational Programs/Maintenance and Operations Levy! This local funding provided through the levy ensures the continuation of our programs and the staffing levels on which we rely to...

 
 Opinion    February 12, 2015

Williams' 'misremembering' is sad on many fronts

Somewhere Walter Cronkite, Chet Huntley, David Brinkley and Peter Jennings are either turning in their graves, rolling their eyes — or both. Brian Williams, the anchor and editor of NBC Nightly News, has peacock egg on his face after having been...

 
 Opinion    February 12, 2015

Make your Friendivus one that you will never forget

By AL STOVER Staff Reporter Well folks, Valentine’s Day is two days away. To some people, this holiday is a concoction conceived by the candy, floral and greeting card companies on Feb. 14 to make some extra cash. For others it’s the day to...

 
 Opinion    February 12, 2015

Support state bill 5087 regarding trains

The train derailment in Cheney just weeks ago is an alarming realization that train derailments do happen — whether minor like this one or catastrophic like the one in Lac Magnetic, Quebec that killed 47 people.  With an average of 52 Burlington...

 
 Opinion    February 5, 2015

Adams has completed the mission he agreed to do

Come this Sept. 5 in Eugene, Ore. a player who’s been not just an integral part of the Eastern Washington University football team for the last three years, but more-or-less its face, could possibly be opposite his teammates and friends on the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    February 5, 2015

Seattle's loss is a chance for all-around team building

Hi. How you doing? Are you still angry? Blood pressure still up? I hope not. It’s not good for you, not a healthy thing to retain anger, hold grudges. I’ll not rehash the way last Sunday’s Super Bowl ended for our boys in the Emerald City, the...

 
 Opinion    February 5, 2015

Support Cheney bond and levy

Every now and then, we are asked to make an investment in the future for our children. Now is that time to help with the overcrowding situation at Cheney High School. Please join us in voting “Yes” for the Cheney Public School bond and levy on...

 
 Opinion    February 5, 2015

More violence creates more problems

Four weeks reading the internationally-oriented, Taipei-based China Post while visiting family in Taiwan rekindled musings on the fundamental question of whether U.S. Middle East military action creates more terrorists than it eliminates,...

 
 Opinion    February 5, 2015

Vote to support Cheney students

If you haven’t yet voted, please join me in supporting our kids by voting for the Cheney School District bond and levy. Nothing is more important to our future than a good learning opportunity and environment for our kids. Thank you. Tom Trulove...

 

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