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Equality shouldn't vanish at home

Women in the workplace have come a long way in terms of opportunities, respect and equality in the last 50 years. Heck, up until 1974 a woman couldn’t get a credit card in her own name without a husband’s signature. But a new study recently...

 
 By LINDSAY HOBBS    Opinion    December 6, 2018 

The holiday season brings out the best in caring

The holiday season and caring go hand in hand. I feel it is a safe assumption that for many of us the act of caring comes rather naturally, and we rarely look at the act itself as something extraordinary. But in a world that can be harsh and ugly at...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    December 6, 2018 

Solve migrant invasion by investing in Central America

The President’s methods and manner usually leave much to be desired, but once in a while he gets something right. He is spot-on when he calls the growing crowd on our southern border a “migrant invasion.” I can’t understand why this concept...

 

Building walls is not part of Bible, instead it is hypocrisy

Hypocrisy. When I was eight years old, I wrote a poem after attending church one Sunday:  ”Eleven o’clock on Sunday Morning, Many hear that age-old warning, Boast about their adoration, Then forget their obligations.” Even now, I still see so...

 

Right and left are both equally guilty of corruption

I’m writing in response to the opinion published in the Nov 22 edition by Tom H. Hastings, “If you want to find corruption, just look to the right.” I also grew up thinking that politics was a clean game. I’ve discovered it isn’t and...

 

Why of course, it must be climate change

It was the perfect ignition point for discussion on the devastating, and oddly titled, Camp Fire that torched the ironically named community of Paradise, Calif. On Halloween, just days before the Nov. 8 start of the fire that killed scores and...

 

CNN pushes the intent of the First Amendment

Dear CNN, I watched your broadcasts protesting the revocation of Jim Acosta’s White House press pass. You have now turned to the courts in order to bolster your continued feud with President Trump. I will agree that the president is pompous, rude...

 

The time is up. The time is now: An essay of the 'Man from the North'

(Editor’s note: The “Man from the North” is a fictional character from Rivera Sun’s first series of novels. She has him offering essays beyond her novels.) The time is up. The time is now. Gather the people to do the work: the healing,...

 

Protecting innovation through equality will help save a free Internet

The Internet has revolutionized the way we interact, study, research, and do business. As a technology non-profit in Washington, we use the Internet to reach users across the U.S. and the world. Our ability to reach those users is threatened by the...

 

This Thanksgiving, be thankful for where you're at

Each time I get to write this column for the Thanksgiving edition I like to relate some sort of story about why I am thankful. Thankful not just this year, but in all years. This year is no different, mostly. It has been an interesting year for me...

 

Here are some lessons learned from the recent election

The mid-term election results could have been much worse. The Democrats got control of the house, but the results were far short of the predicted overwhelming blue wave. Actually, I think it is good that neither party is in total control of...

 

If you want to find corruption, just look to the right

When I was growing up a long time ago there was a presumption of prudential integrity for politicians. Yes, I suppose I was naïve, but as a boy from Minnesota I came to think of politics as a clean game in my formative years.  This may explain why...

 

Keep your money at home this holiday season by shopping local

This holiday season, will you be among 83 percent of consumers who plan to do some portion of their holiday shopping at a small, independently owned retailer or restaurant? These types of businesses are what keep our small communities thriving. Up an...

 

Newsflash - The media is not out to get you

Last week, the White House took a rare step and suspended the credentials of CNN correspondent Jim Acosta after an intense exchange with President Trump at a press conference, later relying on a heavily-edited video to justify Acosta’s removal....

 

Citizenship begins at young age in Davenport

You may be a bit surprised as you walk down the hall at Davenport Middle School. What you will not see are many students in the classrooms, hallways or common areas. If you were to drive around the homes surrounding our school, what you will see are...

 

Removing barriers to gender equality is what really matters

I was raised around strong women. My 4-foot-10-inch grandmother was one of the strongest human beings I have ever known. My mother’s sisters worked on the farm along with my uncles and me. My sister could whip any kid in school and was one of the...

 

Cheney Middle School vets ceremony was refreshing

We’d like to extend a sincere thank you to Cheney Middle School for their Veterans Day ceremony on Friday (Nov. 9). My husband is a veteran and we attended as guests of our son, Mike, and our great niece, Madison. In the current atmosphere of...

 

Bipartisan immigration reform is possible with compromise

On June 27, 2013 the U.S. Senate passed a bipartisan immigration reform bill by a veto-proof 68-32 margin. With a bipartisan House of Representatives majority in favor and President Obama’s signature assured, the bill was destined to become law unt...

 

'First Man' delivered a dose of fond nostalgia

By the time these words are read by those other than editing eyes, one of the most bitter mid-term elections in our times will have thankfully been finished. Forgotten? Not at all. Whomever claims victory in the “Mudstock 2018” will crow until...

 

The future is in good hands with new generations

By FRANK WATSON I did my student teaching at Shadle Park High School several years ago. I was a nontraditional student in that I had a full Air Force career behind me and was significantly older than most teacher candidates. I walked into my assigned...

 

Military also adjusting to nationwide worker shortages

When our military is viewed as an employer, it has the same problem as the private sector; attracting qualified people to fill jobs. In today’s vibrant economy, there is an abundance of “Help Wanted” signs. Even though our armed forces have...

 

Thanks for a successful Cheney winter coat drive

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 478 coats were donated to this year’s coat drive, the second largest donation ever. Of those, 353 were given...

 

Cardinal volleyball snubbed by league, Free Press

As parents of a daughter who played on the Medical Lake Varsity volleyball team this season, we have followed the program for the last six years. Over those years we saw the ups and downs, the wins and losses, the joys and heart aches. We saw this...

 

Initiative 1631: investing in health and resiliency

The new Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report released in October was a wake-up call to countries all across the world. The report describes the continued rising seas, wildfires, and more frequent and extreme storms we have been...

 

I-1631 costs too much, does nothing for climate

When you live in Eastern Washington, particularly outside of the city, you spend a lot of time in the car. Driving long distances is a necessity here, whether for business or just to see friends and family. That’s why I dug into the facts on...

 

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