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 By JASON MERCIER    Opinion 

Do we still need a Legislature?

With Gov. Jay Inslee telling us his ongoing mandates — developed behind closed doors and imposed without public involvement — are a “raging success,” do we still need the public legislative process for governing? Should... — Updated 10/21/2021

 

School Board's digital meetings disappoint

I attended last week’s Cheney School Board meeting via Zoom as was listed as a way to attend the meeting. The entire meeting was so garbled as to not be understood. I emailed during the meeting to let them know what was... — Updated 10/21/2021

 

Press needs to remain uncompromised

The hair on my neck stood up when I heard Speaker of our House, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tell a member of the media that their job was to support her political agenda. Recalling the civics lessons that I had as a youth, I learned... — Updated 10/21/2021

 

Get involved in redistricting effort

It is not too late to submit your views to the Legislative Redistricting Commission. Citizens should get involved in the 10-year redistricting of the state based on the 2020 Census.   Proposals for state districts are due... — Updated 10/21/2021

 

Natural gas air pollution is real

Commentary earlier this month by Don Brunell frustrated me by his reasoning. He talked about Gov. Inslee’s ban on fossil fuels for new construction being “expensive for home and building owners, many of whom installed energy... — Updated 10/21/2021

 

Reader endorses Maike for mayor

I endorse Shirley Maike for Medical Lake mayor. Shirley has the best experience and knowledge to keep the city going forward and operating in the black. I have watched Shirley work as a planning commissioner, as a council member... — Updated 10/21/2021

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Taiwan's tenuous future a threat to domestic and global security

Unfortunately, what happens in Taiwan doesn’t just stay in Taiwan, it impacts us. So, when President Xi Jinping announced China’s plan to step up “unification “efforts, it... — Updated 10/14/2021

 
 By DREW LAWSON    Opinion

Disappointing decision regarding 2B football playoffs

Last week, the WIAA unveiled its state tournament allocations for fall sports. These allocations determine how many teams each district gets to send to the state playoffs in these sports, which around here, include football,... — Updated 10/14/2021

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Time for businesses to object

The last week has not been good for small businesses in our part of the state. The U.S. Postal Service began slowing “snail mail” services. Stores were ordered to stop using... — Updated 10/7/2021

 

Reader supports Cooper for mayor

I want the best for Medical Lake. We all do. I believe Terri Cooper has the vision to usher us through the growth that we will likely see in the next few years. Our choice to control growth needs a strong leader who is able to... — Updated 10/7/2021

 

Ban Inslee's natural gas ban

By Don C. Brunell Contributor Gov. Jay Inslee’s end run around the legislature banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings is a bad idea. Even though the state legislature adjourned last spring without passing his b... — Updated 9/30/2021

 

Cooper is the best candidate for mayor

I am writing this letter of endorsement in support of Terri Cooper for mayor of Medical Lake. I was employed by the Medical Lake School District for 34 years and over my career was as a teacher, assistant principal and high school... — Updated 9/30/2021

 

Support Maike for Medical Lake mayor

As a former councilmember with Shirley Maike, I am pleased to continue my endorsement and support for her re-election as mayor of Medical Lake. Shirley Maike has the demonstrated proven knowledge, skills and abilities to remain as... — Updated 9/30/2021

 
 By DREW LAWSON    Opinion

Are we too divided to remember?

Have we become too divided as a country to properly honor those lost to tragedy? This question has crossed my mind multiple times in the last week, which was largely focused on recollecting the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the... — Updated 9/23/2021

 

Writing 'Wuhan coronavirus' is editorializing

The Sept. 16 story, “WSU orders 4-H volunteers to get vaccinated” was listed in your news section and clearly consisted of the personal views held by your publisher (who wrote the piece). The author’s reference to the... — Updated 9/23/2021

 
 By Lou Marzeles    Opinion

The rise of arrogance and the need for 'Sense'

Arrogance is running wild in Olympia. It has consumed the State Legislature and the office of governor. This article addresses only the arrogance, not the specific policies, of these institutions. It is time for Uncommon Sense. In... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Shot order for 4-H volunteers goes too far

Talk about a bureaucrat with delusions of grandeur. On Sept. 3, Washington State University Extension Office Director Vicki A. McCracken took it upon herself to dictate that all... — Updated 9/16/2021

 

Heat but no light at School Board meeting

The Sept. 8 Cheney School Board meeting had some heat. Public comments were heard and limited to the opening minutes. These comments may be delivered in person or emailed prior to the meeting. An angry parent at the meeting... — Updated 9/16/2021

 
 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

20th anniversary a time to look back and forward

Sept. 11, 2001 – a day that no American who lived to see will ever forget. I was recently asked about where I was that day, and I remember it keenly, deeply. I think it’s a question every American has an answer to—a moment en... — Updated 9/9/2021

 
 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

Covid mandate protests erupt statewide

It’s clear: Parents in Washington are sick of their children being used as pawns by radicals in power who wish to destroy family, children and faith. Widespread protests against mask mandates at school and vaccine mandates at... — Updated 9/2/2021

 

Long-term effects of the vaccine

The long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccines are unknown. The leadership is telling us the vaccines are safe; yet, the minimum 5-year observation trials for gene therapy drugs have not been conducted. The COVID “vaccines... — Updated 9/2/2021

 

Let's not repeat history

Having lived in three developing countries for 17 years, I met very fine Americans — as well as arrogant and ignorant Americans. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy, USAID, Peace Corps, U.S. Military, UNICEF and UNESCO and... — Updated 9/2/2021

 

America's band of roughnecks fueled Allied D-Day mission

By DON C. BRUNELL Contributor When thinking of England’s fabled Sherwood Forest, the medieval images of Robin Hood and his band of archers and swordsmen hiding in the woods giving the Sheriff of Nottingham a hard time comes to mi... — Updated 8/26/2021

 

Home and community-based care supports us all

Every day, millions of workers enter people’s homes to provide care to those with disabilities and the elderly. These “direct-care” workers assist individuals with bathing and dressing, cooking and eating, taking medication,... — Updated 8/26/2021

 

Belock committed to doing right for Cheney

Jacquelyn Belock is a progressive candidate for Cheney City Council Position 3 and deserves your consideration. Her answers to the questions the Cheney Free Press published on July 22 got my attention, and I have now met with her... — Updated 8/26/2021

 

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