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 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion 

As the song goes, 'It's time for me to fly'

One hot mid-August Wednesday morning in 2000 I received a phone call from then-Cheney Free Press Dave Rey. Rey didn’t waste any time. After a quick greeting, he asked one simple question “How’d you like to come work for the... — Updated 8/5/2021

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion 

Japanese hydrogen pilot may work in Washington

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were billed as the “Hydrogen Olympics!” Then along came COVID and sporting events worldwide were put on hold. The summer games were delayed until 2021. P... — Updated 8/5/2021


First amendment provides for religious freedom

James A. Haught’s commentary titled “It’s a crime to trust God” (Cheney Free Press July 22) shows a deep misunderstanding of both the Constitution and Christian values. The misrepresentation of the First Amendment... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Massive reforestation effort needed to absorb CO2

Massive forest fires in western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke, but are leaving behind millions of acres of scorched hillsides, ridges and... — Updated 7/29/2021


Nuclear weapons are again a rising danger

After a war has ended, historians, elected officials, and faith leaders, no less than the people involved, often raise doubts over whether the outcomes were worth the many horrific costs. But mourning diminishes over time and life... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Innocence until proven guilty extends to elections

The Spokane County Elections Department has conducted 21 recounts of specific races over the past 20 years, according to the department’s online archives. To me, that indicates an inclination towards openness and transparency in... — Updated 7/22/2021


It's a crime to trust God

Fundamentalists and Republicans who dominate Mississippi put “In God We Trust” on car license plates, forcing all drivers to promote religion. The only way a motorist can avoid the motto is to pay $30 extra for a special plate... — Updated 7/22/2021


A voice to represent all the people of Cheney

Jacquelyn Belock will be a fresh voice to represent the unrepresented in the Cheney City Council and build a bridge between the city of Cheney and EWU and between the young and the older residents. Jacquelyn is a young,... — Updated 7/22/2021

 By SHELLY SHORT    Opinion

Tremendous losses trivialized as Inslee spikes COVID football

Over the last 16 months, each one of us has suffered through endless chaos and uncertainty of COVID-19 and the seemingly endless monarchical restrictions affecting every facet of our lives. We’ve all borne witness personally in... — Updated 7/15/2021

 By ANDREW MOSS    Opinion

Taking a wrong turn on immigration detention

By ANDREW MOSS Contributor Last month, attorneys from the Department of Justice joined with counsel for the private prison corporation, the GEO Group, to present oral arguments supporting private immigration detention in Californ... — Updated 7/15/2021

 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Columbia River Treaty needs renegotiating

Power shortages, rolling brownouts and blackouts? In the Pacific Northwest? One regional utility alone – Avista – had brownouts that affected 15,307 ratepayers last Monday,... — Updated 7/8/2021


How to avoid a looming homelessness crisis

Homelessness is a growing problem in virtually every state. Nowhere is it more pressing than in California, which in the past three years spent more than $13 billion, roughly $30,000 annually for each homeless person, to address... — Updated 7/8/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Our birthday card for celebrating independence

If you’re trying to beat the excessive heat by staying indoors this Fourth of July weekend and you run out of things to do, let me offer a suggestion. Read the Declaration of Independence. At 1,338 words it’s actually a short... — Updated 7/1/2021

 By KIP EIDEBERG    Opinion

Biden's plan helps America compete in a digital world

Even as Democrats and Republicans continue their negotiations, there is one aspect of infrastructure that still continues to enjoy broad support — and it also happens to be the most important part of the plan: billions of... — Updated 7/1/2021

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Family tree farms key to cutting greenhouse gases

As climate change concerns grow, researchers are turning to small tree farmers for help. Actually, they have been helping for nearly a century, but their efforts have largely gone... — Updated 6/30/2021

 By RODNEY EMERY    Opinion

A full plate of issues for the new U.S. trade czar

The newly confirmed U.S. trade representative, Katherine Tai, is about as qualified as a person can be for the job. Which is a good thing, because she already faces a series of challenges. They aren’t necessarily the trade... — Updated 6/24/2021


Combating violence with violence is not the answer

Where did the main stream media report the major atrocities taking place in Israel and occupied Gaza? Of course, we heard about the bombing and destruction of the building housing Associated Press and Al-Jazeera and numbers killed,... — Updated 6/24/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Importance of fatherhood should be celebrated everyday

There’s a lot of talk about endangered species. But the most important endangered species in America, may not be a plant or a wild animal. The most endangered species may... — Updated 6/18/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Importance of fatherhood should be celebrated everyday

There’s a lot of talk about endangered species. But the most important endangered species in America, may not be a plant or a wild animal. The most endangered species may... — Updated 6/17/2021

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Water has its own greenhouse gas problems

In our zest to quickly switch from gas-powered to battery-operated vehicles and to convert our power grid to wind and solar generated electricity, the impacts of CO2 released from... — Updated 6/17/2021

 By DON C BRUNELL    Opinion

Land is wild card in Biden's 'green' gamble

Shortly after President Biden took office, he issued the sweeping executive order to transition America to TOTAL — 100 % — renewable electricity by 2035 — 15 short years from... — Updated 6/10/2021

 By DR. DAVID BRAY    Opinion

We can't wait for the next pandemic for a better PPE plan

Right now, Americans can purchase nearly limitless quantities of masks, hand sanitizer, and other personal protective equipment. But this time last year, it was an entirely different story. Even hospitals and doctor’s offices... — Updated 6/10/2021


Legislature failed to help small business, but some good things happened

Washington Policy Center and League of Women Voters of Washington want to thank the Washington State House and Senate’s bipartisan leadership for the remote testimony processes established in the challenging legislative session t... — Updated 6/3/2021


In the fight against climate change, don't overlook biotech

President Biden has already laid out an ambitious climate change agenda. With a series of early executive orders, he set the stage for a ban on oil and gas drilling on federal land, an end to fossil fuel subsidies, and a transition... — Updated 6/3/2021

 By Bill Stevenson    Opinion

Remembering who we owe

Memorial Day is not to honor living veterans, but the military personnel who died in the line of duty. “We should guard their graves with sacred vigilance ... Let pleasant paths... — Updated 5/27/2021


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