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Being too quick to label waters down meaning

I have a friend who can cuss up a storm. Talk about making sailors blush — his blue language could peel paint on a battleship. In fact, my friend drops f-bombs so much, it’s more like he’s adopted the word as an adverb or adjective...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    February 14, 2019 

Supporting or denying abortion is not government's business

Along with millions of other Americans, I watched last week’s State of the Union Address. I’m not sure what I was expecting, but that wasn’t it. The President was uncharacteristically subdued. He didn’t pick any fights nor call anyone names....

 

America is heading down the wrong track

America’s drift away from our market-based economic system is perplexing. Equally, mystifying is the new push to replace entrepreneurs with government bureaucrats in planning and controlling services and products offered to us — the consumers....

 

Courts, not sheriffs, decide a new law's constitutionality

I am deeply discouraged by the news regarding several county sheriffs and county commissioners, among others, arbitrarily deciding that Initiative 1639 is unconstitutional therefore they are not upholding it as a law. Are these same individuals, who...

 

Honesty helps to overcome fear

I’m the executive director for the West Plains Chamber of Commerce. My job is to connect people, businesses and communities together with the vision of making our West Plains area a better place to live, work and play. I had the opportunity to...

 

We're a nation of laws - whether we like them or not

Four Washington state counties announced they will not enforce Initiative 1639, and more may follow. I don’t understand. I was taught in high school civics class we were a federal, constitutional, democracy. I remembered the words but didn’t...

 

Student debt is draining our retirement income

Lots is written about students exiting college saddled with hefty student loans; however, the impact on retired parents went largely unnoticed. Recently, Wall Street Journal writer AnnaMaria Andriotis reported Americans over 60 years old are coming...

 

Relief from shutdown is only temporary

Last week marked the end of a 35-day government shutdown — the longest in history. But while many federal workers are happy to see money coming in again, the relief is temporary at best. With the looming threat of another shutdown or the...

 

Legalization is one answer to curbing illegal drug epidemic

I visited a pot shop last week, something I thought I would never do. A senior citizen friend of mine has been experiencing rather severe knee pain and is trying to postpone an inevitable replacement. In the meantime, she has done almost everything:...

 

Washington farmers need tariff relief as exports plunge nationwide

The good news is Washington’s cherry crop is projected to be as good as 2018; however, absent tariff relief from the ongoing U.S.-China trade tiff, a key market will remain limited. When China’s tariff went from 10 percent to 50 percent last...

 

The "Souper Bowl of Caring " takes place Sunday, Feb. 3

Every year at this time I am reminded what a caring community we live in. Feed Cheney’s annual fundraiser is coming up this weekend, and if past years are any indication we will raise the $6,000 needed to keep Feed Cheney operating at its current... Full story

 

Thanks to Cheney road crews prompt with snow plowing

I wish to express my appreciation to the city of Cheney road maintenance personnel for their prompt response to recent snowfall in the city. I know there are many competing demands for city government services, and we usually want things done right...

 

Can't police officers subdue without shooting and killing?

Knife-wielding men killed by police. The latest example of police shooting and killing citizens in the Spokane area was Wednesday, Jan. 23. What in the world is wrong with this picture — several “trained” police in cars, armed to the teeth, app...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Opinion    January 24, 2019

The happy, halcyon days of beer

It’s a good time to be alive if you’re a craft beer aficionado, at least according to a recent Forbes report, which noted there were 7,082 registered craft breweries spread out across the U.S. in 2018. Vermont boasted the most craft breweries...

 

The private sector is stepping up for tourism

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. That’s particularly true in difficult times when “business as usual” no longer works. As our national deficit approaches $22 trillion ($180,000 per taxpayer) and state and local governments...

 

Declaration of a non-candidate for president of the United States

After long and careful consideration, I have decided not to run for President of the United States in 2020. I realize this may come as a disappointment to my supporters, and I will leave my future options open, but the timing is just not right. This...

 

Look at council to answer why Medical Lake isn't growing

What is missing? Why aren’t Medical Lake’s businesses or population growing? According to Doug Ross (Cheney Free Press 1/10/19), the blame lies in the limited water hookups for residential development (legitimate reasoning) and the fact that...

 

Look beyond border to solve immigration

We Americans like to think of ourselves as problem solvers of a sort. If something is wrong, or needs fixing, we feel we can get to the heart of the matter and figure out a solution that is best addressed to solve it. There is a problem with...

 

Shutdown proves one thing: our government is truly broken

It looks as if the current government shutdown will set a new record with no end in sight. President Trump has avowed that he will not end the standoff unless there is funding for his wall. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is just as adamant that there...

 

East Coast seaports are ramping up their capabilities

While many eyes are on trade talks between our country and China, America’s port leaders are positioning their seaports to compete for increasing volumes of container traffic. After container shipments surged in November — primarily from...

 

It's hard to ignore Trump - even when necessary

Democrats are sometimes faulted for not having a positive policy message — just anti-Trumpism. But how can one discern whether that’s true when reliable mainstream news is so dominated by President Trump’s bizarre, dishonest, vindictive and...

 

Cheney Little Guy wrestling fundraiser is a success

Cheney Hawks Little Guys Wrestling Club just concluded their first-ever, two-weekend Christmas Tree recycling fundraiser, which has been deemed a great success. This would not have been possible without the generous support from our neighbors in...

 

Crisis is in the White House, not on the southern border

I don’t see any major crisis on our southern border with Mexico. In my strongest opinion, I  see the crisis itself, as  D.J. Trump.  People who are a danger to themselves or to others are in need of psychiatric intervention and possibly being...

 

Creating opportunities part of fairness

My first real lessons of fairness came on the hardwood. My opportunity to play basketball from high school through college taught me to respect the rules of the game, to demonstrate good sportsmanship and humility regardless of the score and to treat...

 

Minimum wage detracts from business more than it supports

The federal minimum wage has been $7.25 per hour since 2009. Even though 96 percent of gainfully employed Americans earn more than the minimum, there is a push to increase it to a “living wage.” Minimum wage is a bad idea for several reasons, it...

 

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