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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

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Bait jars could send a message to Fish and Wildlife

Unintended consequence or bureaucratic power grab? Given the things being ordered behind locked doors of government offices, I’ll take the latter. Tonight, March 25, when the... — Updated 3/26/2020

 

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

 
 By JEREMY BURNHAM    Opinion

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

 

Just breathe, you're probably going to make it

As we are all aware the coronavirus is taking over everything we do, whether it’s our social media, TV and daily lives which includes shutting down school and work. Every day we are seeing new death reports that only scare and... — Updated 3/19/2020

 
 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

We're still here, but we've made some changes to our coverage

As a member of the “Fourth Estate,” our newspaper staff regularly comes in close contact with people from all walks of life. Knowing that, we are doing our part to help prevent... — Updated 3/19/2020

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Taking this disease lightly serves no good purpose

It’s times like these that bring out the best and worst in people. Unlike previous crisis, this one surrounding the spread of novel coronavirus and the disease it carries, COVID-19, has elements of politics mixed in. It also is... — Updated 3/19/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Coronavirus is testing telecommuting effectiveness

Nobody knows how deep the impact of the coronavirus will be, but one thing that it is destined to test is how effectively people will work from home. Washington is at the point of... — Updated 3/12/2020

 

Wanting to change America isn't being socialist

Frank Watson tells us in his Thursday, March 5 commentary, that, “…patriotism really is a good thing.” Read on and discover that what Frank means is that if you agree with him, you’re patriotic and if you don’t, you’re... — Updated 3/12/2020

 
 By PAUL DELANEY    Opinion

Dump the time change, Ringo and I need sleep

While this plea may not carry much weight I’m going to present it anyway. Ringo my beagle has an eating disorder, meaning that if an entire bag of food were somehow left within reach of his snout, he just might eat until he... — Updated 3/12/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Legislators must find better ways to reduce CO2

Washington and Oregon lawmakers want to end their legislative sessions; however, accounting for the costs of carbon emissions is a major road block. In Salem, rural Republican... — Updated 3/5/2020

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Having and displaying patriotism really is a good thing

During a recent Democratic Party debate, candidate Pete Buttigieg made a comment that just about floored me. He said, “The American Dream is alive and well – In Denmark!” Elizabeth Warren and Amy Klobachar both nodded in... — Updated 3/5/2020

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Rob Chase officially announces congressional 5th District candidacy

SPOKANE – Former Spokane County Treasurer Rob Chase has announced he will be running for Congress in Washington’s 5th District. Chase will challenge incumbent Cathy McMorris Rodgers, who is seeking a ninth term as the... — Updated 2/27/2020

 
 By RHONDA MADISON    Opinion

Spokane Transit Authority briefs council on route changes

AIRWAY HEIGHTS – The city of Airway Heights moved the regular Monday night council meeting to Tuesday, Feb. 18, due to the President’s Day holiday. The Spokane Transit Authority (STA) made a presentation on significant route... — Updated 2/27/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

The Colorado River water problems are worsening

Last week, we visited the Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. It is part of our National Parks “bucket list.” The trip was a real eye-opener. The Canyon is... — Updated 2/27/2020

 

Big deal, so I 'flunked retirement?'

By PAUL DELANEY Staff reporter SPOKANE — Under cover of darkness. Sneaking in the back door. Or better yet, call it making good on a pledge. Quietly, my old byline that was officially retired to the Cheney Free Press archives... — Updated 2/27/2020

 

Mark primary ballot with most electable candidate

A few years ago, I attended a workshop on politics in San Francisco. One of the main ideas taken away from that event was the importance of enthusiasm. Washington state has tried to increase voter participation with mail-in... — Updated 2/20/2020

 

Herrick missed at Feed Medical Lake

With heavy heart the volunteers of Feed Medical Lake bid farewell to our fellow volunteer and friend, Roy Herrick, who passed away Jan. 23, 2020 after suffering from a stroke in July 2019. Roy was a diligent worker and our liaison... — Updated 2/20/2020

 

Rare opportunity to change districting

By LUNELL HAUGHT Contributor Washington has the opportunity to review and change the Redistricting Commission every 10 years. This is the group that works in the background making sure the wheels of democracy turn smoothly and fair... — Updated 2/20/2020

 

Three cheers for the American Legion

By DON C. BRUNELL Contributor The 2020 race for the White House is heating. It’s shaping up to be a referendum on America’s market-based economic system. The central question is government or the private sector going to provide... — Updated 2/20/2020

 

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