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EWU needs to tap all sources for donations

If Eastern Washington University alumni want better facilities for the college’s athletics programs, they are going to have to open their wallets and checkbooks. That’s the conclusion the Spokesman Review’s Jim Allen came up with in a June 13...

 

Consider veterans scars this Fourth

We shall soon be celebrating Independence Day (the Fourth of July) when we are supposed to remember how valuable our freedoms are. Part of this celebration for many involves discharging private fireworks. Such a practice is not only a terrible fire...

 

Comey has integrity this GOP lacks

James Comey originally identified as a Republican. He first gained public acclaim for his integrity while serving temporarily as Acting Attorney General under John Ashcroft in 2004 where he rushed to Ashcroft’s intensive-care hospital bedside to...

 

It seems STEP is not so detrimental to FAFB

Sometimes, headlines say a lot more than expected. Take this one from the June 1 issue of the Cheney Free Press: “Second STEP opponent files.” The story is about the Spokane County Board of Commissioners’ decision to sue the U.S. Department of...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    June 15, 2017

Adding an important ingredient to Airway Heights water

The all-clear siren was sounded last week for the people in Airway Heights to come out of their bottled water shelters. The water crisis, or whatever it will be referred to in the days and years to come, has apparently flowed on by. But through all...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    June 15, 2017

Airway Heights customers get 'Water Billing 101'

One question that has been raised among residents during Airway Heights’ water situation centered on the city’s water billing process. City Manager Albert Tripp said staff were contacted by residents who were concerned about the increase in...

 

Would you rather live in Washington or New Jersey?

Have you ever heard someone in this state say, “I wish Washington were more like New Jersey?” You’re more likely to see Bigfoot. But the Washington State Supreme Court has left state government at a crossroads. Unless caution is observed, Washi...

 

Neglecting mental health services bankrupting healthcare system

President Trump and Republican Congressional leaders justifiably want to curb the alarming growth in government healthcare spending. Their proposed solution? Cut $880 billion in federal funds from Medicaid over the next 10 years. Their plan...

 

Thank you West Plains for remembering our veterans

The West Plains Time of Remembrance Veterans and Families benefit raffle was a great success. Rhonda Edinger was the lucky winner of the raffle, which included dinner for two at Anthony’s Restaurant, free movie passes to the Village Cinema Theater...

 
 By BONNIE MAGER    Opinion    June 1, 2017

The Cheney Depot Society is rolling along

The weather is heating up and so are the plans to move the Cheney Train Depot to a new home on First Street. It has been a long winter, but just as with Mother Nature, preparations for spring and summer have been going on during the gray days and sno...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    June 1, 2017

Class of 2017 - get out and meet new people

It’s June and for many of us it’s graduation season. I don’t need to talk about what a big accomplishment it is for a high school senior to walk across the stage to acquire their diploma and begin the next stage of their lives. Many high...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    June 1, 2017

Texas is flush with tons of transportation cash

In the last decade, there has been a highway construction boom in Texas. On the other hand, lawmakers in Olympia still scramble to fund road maintenance. Texas, a state with a population of 27 million, is flush with cash thanks partly to a 10-year...

 
 By MEL GURTOV    Opinion    June 1, 2017

Thanks to recent comments, all is not quiet on the Western front

By MEL GURTOV Contributor Donald Trump’s visit to NATO headquarters last week was consistent with two of his foreign-policy views: the need to pursue close relations with Russia, and skepticism about NATO’s utility. Despite affirmative comments a...

 

Cooler heads should prevail in AH water crisis

By now the West Plains — and probably all of Spokane County — knows the situation with Airway Heights’ water system. On May 16, city officials announced that two of its wells tested above Environmental Protection Agency lifetime health...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    May 25, 2017

Memorial Day should serve as recommitment

Monday is Memorial Day, a day marked in many ways. There will be barbecues, picnics and other activities. If the weather is nice, some will head to the lake to get a start on summer, go for long hikes or work in their yard. There will be memorial ser...

 

Many made Cheney's Mayfest a success

A big thank you to those on the committee who worked so hard throughout the year to make Cheney Mayfest a success. Although Mother Nature only partially cooperated in giving us May-type weather — it could have been warmer — everyone pushed on to...

 

Donation of flowers brightened neighbor's day

When I stopped by the Cheney library on Saturday shortly before closing, I was greeted by a lovely bouquet of fresh flowers sitting on top of the big litter can out front. There was a note with them from Jeffry, asking that someone give them a home,...

 

Callaway family thanks community for support

The family of Joyce Callaway would like to thank the community for their outpouring of support following our mother’s passing. We especially would like to thank the members of St. Anne Catholic Church for their wonderful help and sympathy, and her...

 

ML food bank thanks post office for food drive

The Medical Lake food bank would like to thank the employees of our post office for doing a food drive on Saturday, May 13, and our community for donating 668 pounds of food. It was a great success.      Terri Worl Medical La...

 

Long journey for health insurance leads nowhere

Just what does finding peace in the Middle East and the key to affordable health insurance have in common? Not much other than each seems like an endless quest. The debate over paying for health care, however, predates the modern battle for land...

 

A short lesson in respect meant to last a lifetime

By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter In the daily flood of stories that makes headlines these days — be they real, rushed or contrived — one stood out last week. And I can tell you it was not for reasons that may be at all obvious. The appearance by...

 

Disaster relief depends on secure supply chains

By EMILY LORD Contributor A FedEx warehouse might save your life. When hurricanes are approaching, FedEx allows the Red Cross to stock emergency supplies in its warehouses. By pre-positioning these supplies, disaster relief workers drastically...

 

Volunteers for Mayfest help keep it blooming

We are only a day away from Cheney’s fifth annual Mayfest celebration (May 12-13). Both Friday and Saturday feature several activities that residents and visitors should enjoy. Mayfest is a huge production and what folks may not realize is most of...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    May 11, 2017

Remembering Eastern Washington's farm-kid governor

There was nothing pretentious about Mike Lowry. What you saw is what you got! Lowry was one of Washington’s most colorful governors. He served one term from 1993 to 1997. He died on May 1 at age 78. There was nothing subtle about Lowry. He was not...

 

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