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 Opinion    April 17, 2014 

Being trustworthy is essential to news organizations

It’s been said it can take years to build up trust, only to have it destroyed overnight by one small act. In a column on PACE’s character trait for April, trustworthiness, Better Business Bureau communications specialist Matthew Sewell links the...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    April 17, 2014 

I've been to Fort Worth, Little Rock, Tempe, I guess everywhere man

Either I’ve invented a new form of sleepwalking, let’s call it “sleep traveling,” or I’m not taking enough pictures. We get a lot of emails here at the Cheney Free Press. A lot of it’s good, requests for advertisements, press releases,...

 
 Opinion    April 10, 2014

State should spread ferry replacement funds across regions

During the last legislative session the state passed House Bill 1129, which requires vehicle owners who register online or at a county auditor’s office to pay $5 for registration renewal and $12 for transferring a certificate of title. Money from...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    April 10, 2014

A tale of tragedy and a tale of travesty

As a parent, and now grandparent, my heart aches, my eyes roll and I had to shake my head over two recent news stories. They both involved families doing family things. Each had different outcomes. One ended in tragedy while the other, luckily,...

 
 Opinion    April 10, 2014

The world should act now to ensure a livable planet

The editorial board piece in the March 20 Cheney Free Press said that we should proceed with caution and open minds when it comes to climate change. That’s good advice if we’re debating how to deal with climate change, but not if we’re still...

 
 By JOHN R BALMES and MD GEORGE D. THURSTON DSc    Opinion    April 10, 2014

Climate change and air quality can affect health

The third National Climate Assessment report, due to be released this month, confirms both the role of human activities in causing climate change and the broad range of adverse health consequences that climate change brings. The federal...

 
 Opinion    April 3, 2014

Parents should monitor children's time on mobile devices

The digital age has put a difficult debate on the table for parents. Smartphones and tablets have become the next big frontier for child entertainment, learning and engagement. Today’s younger generation is being raised to be connected at all...

 
 By Al Stover    Opinion    April 3, 2014

Life lessons I have learned from heroes in cowls and tights

This spring seems will be a big one for superhero movies. Next month, we have the theatrical releases of "The Amazing Spider-man 2," and "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which will be the fifth film to...

 
 Opinion    April 3, 2014

Letters to the Editor April 3, 2014

In a historic bipartisan 68-32 vote, last June the U.S. Senate passed an immigration reform bill that included a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants, an innovative temporary worker program, and increased visa numbers for skilled...

 
 Opinion    March 27, 2014

Cities could benefit from exploring solid waste options

There are going to be several changes happening throughout the West Plains in the next several years and one of them revolves around the matter of solid waste. The city of Spokane has transferred control of the regional solid waste system and...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    March 27, 2014

Sagan knew how to present science in a non-threatening way

I’ve been enjoying the new version of the popular 1980s series “Cosmos.” It’s wonderful to watch a science show that presents discovery and provides historical context at the same time, keeping things in perspective. Science’s advances and...

 
 By Rep. CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS    Opinion    March 27, 2014

American-made energy could provide a global opportunity to lead

We live in a nation rich with energy resources. Just look to our own backyard — the hydroelectric dams on the Snake and Columbia River systems fuel the Pacific Northwest with some of the cleanest and most affordable electricity around.   But today...

 
 By Rep. CATHY McMORRIS RODGERS    Opinion    March 20, 2014

Private funding could benefit public forests

Growing up in Kettle Falls, I enjoyed a skyline of Colville National Forest evergreens, which could be seen from just about anywhere in town. I was raised to appreciate their beauty and still do — but today, I see the forest’s potential to be a...

 
 Opinion    March 13, 2014

Next ML schools leader will be challenged by Veltri's high bar

For the first time in nearly 14 years there will be a new pilot flying the plane in the Medical Lake School District, when school starts in the fall. Current superintendent Pam Veltri informed staff in a March 5 email that she would resign in order...

 
 By AL STOVER    Opinion    March 13, 2014

Great strength can be found in even the worst circumstances

In the last few days, I have witnessed a new kind of strength that not many of my favorite superheroes could perform. I was originally scheduled to spend part of my Saturday with my younger sister Crystal — or Boo as we call her. She earned the...

 
 Opinion    March 13, 2014

It's a trashy life for Cheney apartment tenants

Cheney is a tight-knit, friendly town, home to many families and college students. Our secluded town, however, lacks one large component of a thriving community: A recycling system for residents and students living in Cheney apartment complexes....

 
 By LU NELSEN    Opinion    March 13, 2014

New common sense approach to climate change

Our nation spent nearly $7 billion responding to extreme weather in 2013. Events that endanger livelihoods nationally, and especially in rural and small town America. These destructive storms, devastating droughts, dangerous flooding and paralyzing...

 
 Opinion    March 6, 2014

Diligence should be practiced in all walks of life

Cheney and Medical Lake school districts have been promoting character education at all grade levels since the start of the current school year, using a list of monthly traits developed by the Spokane Valley organization PACE — Partners Advancing...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    March 6, 2014

County commissioners need to be straightforward about Proposition 1, round two

The semi-annual Spokane Regional Council of Governments meeting, known as COG (to everything there is an acronym) proved entertaining and informative last Friday. Particularly when it came to Fairchild Air Force Base and the surrounding environs....

 
 Opinion    March 6, 2014

Post No. 11326 celebrates 21 years of service to Cheney

With the coming of the New Year our local post, the A. and T. Mautausch Post 11326 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, began our twenty-first year of service to the city of Cheney and the surrounding area. Our mission is to serve veterans of our armed...

 
 Opinion    March 6, 2014

What ever happened to competition?

Well, well, well, news flash, former Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers has come out and stated that the Spokane Tribe Economic Project has a “low and insignificant disruption to the Fairchild flying mission.” This along with...

 
 Opinion    February 27, 2014

Clay Street rezone an example of the need for public input

It’s important for a community’s residents to be involved in determining what takes place around them. An example is the current discussion surrounding a parcel of land on Clay Street. Property owner Randall Gillingham has applied for a rezone...

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion    February 27, 2014

Spending the weekend in Mr. Peabody's 'Wayback Machine'

It was just intended to be a road trip, an extended weekend winter getaway with my wife and some friends. But last week’s trek to attend the Montana Pond Hockey Classic in sunny one moment, and sideways snowy the next Kalispell, Mont., was also lik...

 
 Opinion    February 27, 2014

Snow plows should start prior to morning rush

After a large snowfall overnight, a person’s worst nightmare is to drive alongside traffic on the snow-covered streets on their way to work or school in the early morning. I propose the streets be plowed and cleared before 8 a.m., which is when...

 
 Opinion    February 27, 2014

Get to know Joe Pakootas

Listen up; there is a great alternative to Cathy McMorris Rodgers. He is Joseph (Joe) Pakootas (puh-KOE-tuss). Many newspaper letters voice disappointment with Rodgers’ votes on food stamps, unemployment benefits, corporate welfare, and more. She...

 

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