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 By John McCallum    Opinion 

On Monday, remember those who took duty seriously

Monday is Memorial Day. By tradition, it’s the 152nd anniversary of the day set aside to remember those who lost their lives serving our country. I say by tradition because the first incarnation of this observance, Decoration... — Updated 5/21/2020


Harnack earns his 'Badalamente badge'

Reading the May 7 Cheney Free Press, I see that publisher Roger Harnack has arrived. By that I mean he’s earned “certification” and his first scolding from serial letter writer Richard Badalamente. I call it the... — Updated 5/21/2020


Universal healthcare as business tool

In the mid-1980s I had great health care for my young family. I worked in construction and as long as there was work, I had wonderful healthcare because I was in a strong union. During a slow period when work dried up, I used... — Updated 5/21/2020


Protest story plays loose with actual facts

Roger Harnack’s front-page article in the 4/30/2020 CFP, “Local business owners attend Spokane protest against quarantine,” starts by stating that Governor Inslee’s coronavirus-related rules, “shuttered businesses,... — Updated 5/7/2020


Protect meatpacking plant workers and our food supply

Meatpacking plants across the country have become COVID-19 hotspots, and the struggles faced by the people working inside are apparent and alarming. Our friends and neighbors are being asked to risk their health, safety, and lives... — Updated 5/7/2020

 By John McCallum    Opinion

Mother's Day really is all about mom

So, what is this thing called Mother’s Day? For me, it was a reminder of several things, one of which a fact my mom never let me forget that I was supposed to be born on that day, but came into this world a day later. So much... — Updated 5/7/2020


Doctors for speaking up during pandemic

Since college days, I have always been in touch with the U.S. immigrant community, starting with my position as major chairman of International Forums at University of Illinois. So, it has been a great surprise and revelation... — Updated 4/25/2020


Celebrate Earth Day by defending human health

When I was born 70 years ago there was no Earth Day. That only started 50 years ago. Before Earth Day the U.S. military used to pollute. A local newspaper in Utah reported that several sites in that state, mostly military,... — Updated 4/23/2020

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Washingtonians can exercise freedom and caution

Gov. Jay Inslee had to know a showdown was coming with Eastern Washington. State law allocated him 30 days in which to operate under emergency authority, unless the Legislature... — Updated 4/23/2020


Kids need home to be educational

One of the positives to come out of the current coronavirus crisis is that people are realizing what the most important and essential things are. When you only have time or resources for the top priorities, those priorities have... — Updated 4/16/2020

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

When it comes to COVID crisis, don't forget to thank the truckers

As we get deeper into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are finding more Americans to thank. Until recently, truckers have been behind the scenes just doing their jobs, but as shoppers... — Updated 4/16/2020


National leadership lacking in COVID crisis

This morning (April 13) I looked at the statistics of Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. The United States population is approximately about a third the size of China’s population. Yet we now have more than seven times the deaths as... — Updated 4/16/2020


Heading to a post-COVID world – or are we?

By JOHN McCALLUM Managing Editor As we begin to see some signs of leveling off in the number of cases and deaths, talk has turned to what things will look like in a post-COVID-19 world. That is coming and it will be soon, although... — Updated 4/16/2020



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 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion

How I spent my COVIDcation? Things I did NOT and DID do while sheltering in place

Remember way back when in the 1960s when, upon returning to the classroom in the after summer break that your teacher might have asked you to pen a few paragraphs on “How I spent my summer vacation?” The past few weeks got me... — Updated 4/9/2020


Cheney Food Bank could use goods, donations

The Cheney Food Bank – your community food bank to help those in need – is open on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the first four Wednesdays of the month. During the months of January-March, we served 316 households... — Updated 4/9/2020


Stay-at-home shutdown is not needed

The governor has just extended the stay at home orders. Since hospitals, doctors, nurses, first responders, care givers, school and others will never say they have enough supplies, then the order will be extended again and again.... — Updated 4/9/2020


From the Publisher's Desk

In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and shutdown of businesses and activities, Free Press Publishing is having to cut back page count and staff hours, hopefully just temporarily. It’s not a decision we made lightly; it’s a... — Updated 4/3/2020


Businesses need your help during outbreak

Some years back, in the biggest town in a small county outside our 9th District, there was a clothing store. Upstairs was the office of the area’s weekly newspaper. Week after week, year after year, the clothing store published... — Updated 4/2/2020


Media can help prevent lack of health education in our society

At these hard times, I am concerned how people are being educated on health issues we are facing in today’s society. Through my experience of this COVID-19 pandemic I have witnessed people doing things that have clearly been... — Updated 3/26/2020


Media: Give us virus facts, not your best guesses

Based on current events regarding the COVID-19 virus, I have noticed that many people are struggling to get clear information on what is happening and how we as a community can be proactive. One issue that concerns me is that... — Updated 3/26/2020


Renaming disease depressing

I was a long-time subscriber and firm believer in local print media. As depressing as these days are, nothing is more depressing than discovering the owner of the Cheney Free Press having no problem with renaming COVID-19 in... — Updated 3/26/2020


Armitage will be there for 5th District residents

Chris Armitage is running as a Democrat for Representative in the 5th Congressional District against Cathy McMorris Rodgers. He is well-educated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in Homeland Se... — Updated 3/26/2020


Please, for crying out loud don't buy all the toilet paper

Stop buying all the toilet paper. Seriously, knock it off. It’s not necessary. Across the state—in large and rural communities alike—grocery stores’ entire toilet paper aisles are empty. Not a single four-roll package... — Updated 3/26/2020

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Maintaining control of an out-of-control situation

Losing control can lead to a lot of things like fear, panic, suspicion, emotions of that nature. That’s one of the aspects of the spread of the coronavirus and the disease it carries, COVID-19. Despite our best efforts, there... — Updated 3/26/2020


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