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West Plains had an overall good year

We are at the end of another year, which is a little bit sudden since it seems like 2017 just started. But it has been another crazy 365 days and there has been some ups and downs throughout the nation, but what about here locally? Overall, we...

 
 By Grace Pohl    Opinion    December 14, 2017 

'Silent Night' tops the holiday season tune's list

The holiday season brings around the festive and catchy music of the year. Some radio stations dedicate the month of December to playing just Christmas songs and I am truly thankful for that because this is the only time of the year that we can...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    December 14, 2017 

Washington State swings farther to the left

Those of us who live east of the Cascades seldom pay a lot of attention to local politics in the suburbs of Seattle. However, the implications of the 2017 senate race in the 45th state legislative district extend to our doorstep. The seat is now in...

 

Thanks for your support

StageWest Community Theatre has put another successful production in the books. Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” adapted as a Readers’ Theatre by Tony Palermo, was well received by all who came. StageWest would like to thank the cast...

 

Where's Trump's resignation?

I don’t want to insult anybody’s intelligence, but still feel compelled to state the obvious: If U.S. congressional members are forced to resign by sexual harassment charges, what about our president? Congressional Democrats have generally been...

 

Here's to spending on booze, women and movies

It seems to me there used to be a “Bah, humbug” award for people whose comments and/or actions exemplify those from fictional miser Ebenezer Scrooge. If there isn’t such an award, there should be. Either way, I’d like to nominate someone for...

 

'Me Too' testimony can turn innocence into criminality

By FRANK WATSON Contributor The “Me Too” movement appears to be gathering momentum as more and more women come forward and report long ago incidents of sexual misconduct. Currently, the most noteworthy accused is Alabama senatorial candidate and...

 

Both West Plains, Cheney business groups are important

I am a member of both the Cheney Merchant Association and the West Plains Chamber of Commerce. All the businesses I have worked for are members of both. The West Plains Chamber is very important if you care about how the Legislature affects your busi...

 

Keep the holiday spirit throughout the year

This is the time of year that we all seem more generous with the holiday spirit around us. According to an article from USA Today, about 34 percent of all charitable giving is done in the last three months of the year. Of those donations, about 18...

 

Finding balance in the strange world of occupational licensing

Recently, the Institute for Justice determined state licensing barriers for lower-income workers and aspiring entrepreneurs not only hurts people trying to establish themselves in a profession, but annually drives consumer prices up by $203 billion....

 

Turkey Trot success continues in 10th year

On behalf of the Cheney High School Cross Country program, we would like to thank the community of Cheney for their support of our 10th annual Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving morning. There were over 530 walkers, joggers or runners present for this...

 

Maike thanks campaign committee, community groups

Thank you to my campaign committee: Lahnie Henderson, Barb Reis and Bob Kibling for all your support during Medical Lake’s Mayoral campaign. You were committed to helping Medical Lake stay the remarkable city it is and I truly appreciate your hard...

 

Commonality of vote should be commitment to doing good

The election is over and most likely none of us had things fully go as we would have liked. That’s the way democracy works. As I see it, the most important thing is to cultivate hope, which means that we live in “expectancy” that good things...

 

Medical Lake food bank thanks Scouts for collections

Medical Lake’s food bank would like to thank the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts of troops 307 and 351 for spending a day collecting food for our community. Their selfless act will not go unappreciated by the families that depend on the food bank. Thank...

 

Getting an early dose of holiday cheer

Don’t get me wrong, Christmas is a most wonderful time of the year. It’s just that I find it hard to easily embrace as the colors of the season shift from the orange of Halloween to the reds and greens. Normally in our house the endless loop of...

 

Good citizenship shines a positive light on one's community

By KIMBERLY LiVECCHI Contributor (Editor’s note: The PACE (Partners Advancing Character Education) character trait for November is citizenship.). “I like to see a man proud of the place in which he lives. I like to see a man live so that his...

 

Pipeline protestor's aren't ones engaged in reckless endangerment

I’m heading to court from my home in Portland, Ore. to Missoula, Mont. Leonard Higgins is going to go on trial in a Montana courtroom for his role in the Oct. 11, 2016 coordinated shutdown of several of the dirtiest tar sands oil pipelines that...

 

McMorris Rodgers support for tax cuts hurts education

The GOP tax plan will crush the middle class and it will decimate students’ educations. Cathy McMorris Rodgers won’t even address the bill with her own constituents. She certainly won’t address education because of the damage she is inflicting...

 

It is the most wonderful time of the year

It just blows my mind that a week from today is Thanksgiving. This year has flown by. But I am also very excited as it is one of my favorite times. My family and I don’t have too many traditions but last year was the first year we did the Turkey...

 

Residents asked to 'Remember 1993' when looking at election results

Twenty-five years ago, business took a beating in Olympia. The swing to the left in the 1992 general election was swift and potent. It drove higher costs to employers and more government regulations. Warning: Today’s political winds are blowing in...

 

FDA can help vulnerable patients take 'last-resort' medications

Imagine you’re diagnosed with a rare cancer. There are no FDA-approved treatments. But after frantically searching the internet, you discover hopeful news — a pharmaceutical company is developing a possible cure. Unfortunately, the drug is in...

 

Medical Lake has a good deal with Sheriff

It’s a topic that’s come up in all Medical Lake City Council races as well as the mayoral contest. Should Medical Lake stay with its contract for law enforcement services with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office or sever that and restart its ow...

 

Violence isn't about guns - it's about what's inside us

I think it’s time for us to admit that the society of the United States is a violent society. Let’s just look at gun violence. As of Nov. 7, there were 52,606 reported incidents of gun violence in this country this year. Staying with current...

 

On Veteran's Day I'm remembering Ed Carlson, Vietnam POW

Since last Veteran’s Day, Ken Burns’ in-depth documentary on the Vietnam War has aired. It is a powerful reminder of an unpopular war in which many “baby boomers” fought and died. It also prompts memories of the brutal treatment of American...

 

Cheney coat drive keeps many warmer this winter

You did it again, Cheney. It will be a warmer winter for many thanks to the hard work and generosity of the Cheney community. A total of 374 coats were donated to this year’s coat drive and 309 were given away at three separate distributions. The...

 

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