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Pulling foreign aid has severe consequences

No doubt each person has several issues influencing their voting decision for the presidential candidates. I am asking you to consider another one. Upon taking office in 2017, President Trump immediately canceled massive foreign... — Updated 10/15/2020


The time for political leadership and courage

Are you as disappointed with our 5th Congressional District Congresswoman as I? Not once has Cathy McMorris Rodgers had the courage to stand up to Trump and his divisive actions. It is time to vote for someone who has the... — Updated 10/15/2020


Informed voting has significance for our society

For several years before broadcasting my weekly radio show, “The Brief Congressional Update,” on KYRS Thin Air Community Radio (92.3 and 81.1 FM), I believed that the political party to which one belongs really doesn’t make... — Updated 10/15/2020


McGarry 'consummate' professional in and outside courtroom

We, the below-listed retired Spokane County Superior Court judges, are pleased to endorse Tom McGarry for the Washington State House of Representatives, District 6, Position 2. Tom has practiced civil law in Spokane for more than... — Updated 10/15/2020

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion 

President uses rare order to break China's hammerlock on critical metals

To the average American, China’s control of the world production, processing technology and stockpile of critical metals is not their concern. However, to our military and... — Updated 10/15/2020


Cheney School District dedicated to 'wise path'

The Cheney School District administrators, teachers and staff have had a solid, positive start to the school year. They have worked many long hours all summer, prepping for our students. Their efforts have really paid off. Our... — Updated 10/8/2020


McMorris Rodgers leads with wisdom and vision

Cathy McMorris Rodgers represents our 5th Congressional District with strength, courage, and vision. On issues vital to those of us who live here she has led from the front, always searching for ways to improve our quality of... — Updated 10/8/2020


Cathy supported small businesses during COVID

The coronavirus pandemic has hit all parts of American life, but some of the hardest hit have been the small businesses that drive our economy. Cathy McMorris Rodgers was quick to support critical relief for businesses, farmers... — Updated 10/8/2020


A coronavirus vaccine doesn't mean the pandemic is over

Dr. Anthony Fauci thinks that drug companies may develop a COVID-19 vaccine before year’s end. But that doesn’t mean the pandemic will be over. Distributing hundreds of millions of vaccine doses will pose an enormous... — Updated 10/8/2020

 By DON BRUNELL    Opinion

Coronavirus stimulates RV sales and rentals

Interestingly, while restaurants and airlines continue to be clobbered by the coronavirus, recreational vehicle (RV) sales and rentals are taking off. People have switched their travel preferences to minimize their Covid-19... — Updated 10/8/2020


Payroll tax is about ending Social Security, Medicare

Donald Trump and his staff have created a method to destroy Social Security and Medicare. The President signed an order that allows employers to choose the option of not collecting and submitting payroll taxes to the federal... — Updated 10/1/2020

 By Jeremy Field    Opinion

Small manufacturing firms continue to drive Washington economy

Local manufacturing businesses and jobs have experienced a resurgence in recent years that needs to continue for our state’s livelihood and connection to the global economy.  Before the pandemic, the manufacturing... — Updated 10/1/2020


'Step Therapy' and other insurer practices limit access to critical mental health care

COVID-19 is wreaking havoc on Americans’ mental health. One in three Americans suffers from severe anxiety, and one in four battles depression, according to recent Census Bureau data. Texts to federal emergency mental health... — Updated 10/1/2020

 By ANDREW MOSS    Opinion

Child poverty creates long-term harm, violence that's avoidable

There’s a term that was developed in the academic field of peace research, and it deserves far more currency in political discourse and everyday language than it currently receives.  It’s called “structural,” or... — Updated 9/24/2020

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Coronavirus is compounding the recycling calamity

What happens in China, doesn’t always stay in China. We learned that a couple of years ago when the Chinese stopped buying massive volumes of the world’s used paper, plastics... — Updated 9/24/2020

 By Jean Flanigen    Opinion

Malden residents will rebuild their tapestry of life

“Are you guys OK?” It’s the first thing we say to each other in the Malden/Pine City area these days. Once that question is answered, it is immediately followed by “Is your house OK?” We lost so much on Labor Day. Our... — Updated 9/17/2020


Dave Wilson will listen and personally respond in the 5th District

After reading and watching the news online and on TV, it appears that our country is divided into those who care about property and those who care about people, and most astute observers could easily identify which political party... — Updated 9/17/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business, drones helping to restore scorched forestlands

Replanting the millions of acres scorched by wildfires in our western woodlands will be herculean task priced in the hundreds of billions. Thankfully, many businesses, such as Bank... — Updated 9/17/2020


Curious irony with Cheney's online learning

I read with interest the Cheney Free Press’ “Back to School” supplement which detailed Cheney School District officials’ timid decision to open the school year with on-line instruction only. (Cyberspace, apparently,... — Updated 9/10/2020


Finne, Free Press miss point of local bus drivers

I hope that the Free Press isn’t going to make a habit of credulously reprinting the usual tripe from Liv Finne (“Gov. Inslee funding unnecessary union job,” Sept. 3, 2020), because in her customary style the column is a load... — Updated 9/10/2020

 By Jason Mercier    Opinion

More calls for a special session

Voices across the state continue to ask the Governor to call a special session to allow lawmakers to balance the budget and address COVID-19 related policies. A special session would provide the legislative branch of government... — Updated 9/10/2020

 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Better forest management could fix many problems

Not only is the world in the grasp of the COVID-19 pandemic, but America’s western wildlands are burning up, as well. California Gov. Gavin Newsom told reporters his state has a... — Updated 9/10/2020


Support Eastern Washington independence

In the recent primary, King County overwhelmingly voted for “Unlawful Inslee.” “Unlawful” because a flu-like virus that does not increase the death rate does not constitute a disaster that warrants emergency powers.... — Updated 9/3/2020

 By Liv Finne    Opinion

Gov. Inslee funding unnecessary union job

Most schools in Washington state will remain closed this fall. Some school districts are tightening their belts in anticipation of the COVID-19 budget cuts that are coming. But last week Gov. Jay Inslee bypassed the Legislature... — Updated 9/3/2020

 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

It's time to call a special legislative session

Last week, the Idaho House of Representatives approved legislation calling for Gov. Brad Little to end his state’s emergency declaration. Shortly thereafter, the Idaho Senate... — Updated 9/3/2020


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