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Not taking a stance diminishes discussion

Last week, Whitworth University in Spokane announced it was discontinuing an affiliation with Planned Parenthood wherein university students could receive credit for internships or volunteer at the organization’s Spokane Office. As reported in the...

 

Americans want tax fairness, not tax favors

By JOHN McCALLUM Editor Now that the annual stress-inducing ritual of income tax filing deadline has passed, how you doing? Still feeling stressed, or are you relieved it’s done? You’re not alone if you feel worn out by the requirements of our...

 

StageWest says thank you, see you next year

StageWest wrapped up it’s 2016-2017 season last weekend with the Dinner Theatre performance of Tom Dudzick’s “Miracle On South Division Street.” We had an excellent run with this production and would like to thank several people that helped...

 

Planned Parethood column reflects upbringing

Al Stover, your April 6 column (“Blocking Planned Parenthood funding harms women, children’s health”) in the Cheney Free Press reveals how you were raised. I am so sorry you apparently know nothing about the Bible. You probably have never...

 

Child abuse prevention merits year-round talk

Among other things, April is recognized as “National Child Abuse Prevention Month” across the United States. The annual observance, which began in 1983, focuses on preventing child abuse and neglect in all of its forms and ensuring kids grow up...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    April 20, 2017

I never needed Earth Day to respect nature

Earth Day, birthday. Kinda’ rhymes doesn’t it? Come to find out I was born on Earth Day, or since I first appeared in the world April 22, 1953 and Earth Day was hatched in 1970, it must be the other way around. I’ll blame my confusion over the...

 

Tax Day – more for nuclear weapons, less for people

“Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget and I’ll tell you what you value,” former vice president Joe Biden, quoting his father, knew that a budget reflected the values and priorities of our nation. Each April our country funds its...

 

My, what a long, long, long winter we've had

We recently exited quite a winter. It was snowy, cold and long. In some ways it lingers. From a celestial standpoint, winter began Dec. 21, 2016, but some might argue it was earlier, on Nov. 9. Regardless, the past 100 or so days have combined to...

 

Entrepreneurs remain the key to America's success

American entrepreneurs’ ability to invent, create and bring products and services to market makes our nation great. Their success generates the tax revenue which fund our schools and puts people to work. Many “big businesses” started in the...

 

Trump, McMorris Rodgers care more about flexing their muscle than protecting infants

Oh the hypocrisy of it all. Our President Donald Trump and his great unflinching supporter, our Congressional Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, promote repeal and replace Obamacare with a bill that would throw millions of American families, including...

 

Students deserve more than 'de minimis'

The U.S. Supreme Court recently handed out a ruling that legally entitles special needs students across the country the opportunity to make progress in public schools In the recent Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District case in Colorado, the...

 
 By Al Stover    Opinion    April 6, 2017

Blocking Planned Parenthood funds harms women, children's health

The long — and some would argue pointless — war against Planned Parenthood continues. On March 30, Vice President Mike Pence was the tiebreaking vote on a Senate-proposed bill that would give states permission to withhold more than $200 million...

 

Lessons learned from demise of Northwest aluminum industry

Driving east along State Route 14 these days, you see water pouring out of Columbia River dams. It is already a high water year with much of the runoff from our heavy mountain snowpack yet to come. It is part of our “feast or famine” weather...

 

'Miracle on South Division Street' is good, local theater

Saturday evening my wife and I attended the Stage West Production of “Miracle on South Division Street.” We thoroughly enjoyed the humorous, well-acted play presented by a delightful cast. We feel it’s important to support our local theater;...

 

Bills would hinder public records requests

We understand the financial and physical burden public records requests put on employees at local, regional and state agencies. Especially large requests, which are time consuming, as the city of Cheney found out not long ago. But we have doubts and...

 

There's a lot more to understanding immigration than rhetoric

Most people have never heard of Hogar Seguro Virgen de la Asunción. It was recently in the news, but relegated to the inside pages, despite what happened there. Not a lot of follow up either, likely because it’s located on the outskirts of...

 

Come see StageWest's 'Miracle on South Division Street'

Please make a point of attending our latest production Miracle on South Division Street by Tom Duzick, and directed by myself, Kay Byron-Pacheco. We had an outstanding first weekend and there are only two weekends, or five shows left. Our stars are...

 
 By BRIAN DEPEW    Opinion    March 30, 2017

What if the workers owned it? Especially in rural areas

The owners of a mid-sized manufacturing plant in a nearby small town were ready to retire, but no one in the next generation was interested in taking over. The plant was sold to an out-of-state buyer with no local ties. The business was profitable,...

 

HB1384 is a big help for sexual assault victims

There is a bill currently in the Legislature that would change the duration and some of the procedures when it comes to sexual assault protection orders issued in Washington state. House Bill 1384 would allow courts to issue permanent protection...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    March 23, 2017

Trying to deal with 'Trump Derangement Syndrome'

As he tells a doctor that things look good, that it’s time to “close up,” and unmasks, it is discovered that the person in the ad is “Not Dr. Stewart.” To which the actor replies, “No, but I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night.”...

 

Thank you taxpayers for paying for school bond

I would like to thank ALL the voters in the Feb. 14 Cheney School District Bond. The school board in their ads, in the Cheney Free Press and the general mailing (‘Connections”), chose to thank only those who voted approval instead of ALL the...

 

Everyone can help solve Cheney's cat problem

There is a growing issue in our community surrounding abandoned cats that requires our thoughtful consideration. Every year, after Eastern Washington University’s spring quarter ends, when students go back to their homes, pets are left behind to...

 

Majority of Americans support immigration reform

Bernie Sanders was our favorite candidate. He championed the working class, unjustly left behind by huge wealth inequality, by parroting policies that originally solved this problem while facilitating 1930s Great Depression recovery. But Donald...

 

Got a beef or 'atta boy?' Try Cheers and Jeers

Sometimes things come to your attention that you feel the need to comment on, but don’t want to say too much. To provide a means of expressing these sentiments, whether it’s a good job to somebody or a “Come on man” as the popular ESPN segmen...

 

Priorities, and price, of government is worth another look

In 2003, Gov. Gary Locke (D) faced a 10 percent revenue hole in the state’s budget. He also stared at a sluggish economy still reeling from the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. People were reluctant to fly and airlines stopped buying Boeing jets....

 

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