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 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 27, 2019

This is the tale of the squirrel and Mary Franks' walnuts

I am a gardener. It is the only way I’ve found to be partners with God. Women and God partner up to produce additional human beings. After a brief DNA donation, men only get involved when the offspring wants to know how to throw a curve ball or...

 

Seniors win big with President Trump's rebate rule

More than half of Americans say they have a hard time affording their prescription drugs. Luckily for them, the Trump administration recently proposed a rule to criminalize the shady business practices that keep drug prices high for patients at the...

 

Reassessing nuclear power as a clean energy alternative

HBO recently broadcast a dramatization of the April 26, 1986, Chernobyl accident — at the time, the highest severity nuclear accident in history — a 7 on the International Event Scale. Some 30 people died as a direct result of the accident,...

 

Accentuate the positive for your health

When I planned to spend last weekend out of town, I had visions of carefree walks on the beach, cocktails at interesting coastal cafes and hours wiling away walking my pups against the serene backdrop of nature. Anyone who’s ever traveled across...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 20, 2019

President Trump putting Chinese exports on hold

The criticism of President Trump’s tariff war continues to grow. The attacks are mostly centered around the American consumer. I understand the concern. I don’t want the prices at the checkout to be any higher than they absolutely need to be. I e...

 

Heading for twenties, living with wild wild Right

From recent evidence that Boeing sacrificed safety for profit with Federal Aviation Administration complicity (essentially letting Boeing self-regulate and the last country to ground 737s), we again realize we vitally need strong regulations and...

 

Cheney Depot Society appreciates donations

Citizen-led efforts to save, relocate and restore Cheney’s 1929 Northern Pacific Railway Depot received a solid boost last month with a donation of $10,000 from a local donor who wishes to remain anonymous, but who asked that the gift be...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Opinion    June 13, 2019

Vietnam veterans: Welcome home

This is for all you civilians out there. Yes, you, who have never served in the defense and protection of these United States. You see, all veterans make a sacrifice. All serve with the explicit understanding that at any time they may be called upon...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 13, 2019

And with that, the Class of 2019 has arrived

Congratulations graduates! It’s been a long time since I stood in your place. I remember being excited to finish a big phase in my life and apprehensive about starting a new one. I am sure you feel much the same. For the past 12 years, you have...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Honoring our war dead where they live

Memorial Day weekend was busier than usual this year in Cheney. Here are some thoughts on that. This year saw the first staging of a reenactment of the American Civil War by the Washington Civil War Association. In partnership with several...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    June 6, 2019

Recycling gains from tariffs offers lesson for other industries

The first law of economics is Murphy’s Law. The second, right behind Murphy, is the Law of Unintended Consequences, which says: “Any outside input into the free market tends to disrupt its normal flow.” The free market can be visualized as an...

 

Don't put foreign pharmaceutical price controls on a pedestal

President Trump vowed to expand patient access to prescription drugs on the campaign trail. But with one proposal, his administration seems to be working against this goal. The Department of Health and Human Services recently unveiled a plan to...

 

Price controls on drugs limit access more than price

Congressional Democrats want to fundamentally transform Medicare by imposing socialist price controls on prescription drugs. But they know such drastic changes would be dead-on-arrival in the Republican-held Senate. In the meantime, some of them are...

 

Volunteering good for the world and the soul

I didn’t know much about volunteering growing up. As far as I was concerned, the only volunteers that existed were the ones I saw on television handing out food at homeless shelter soup kitchens or on the news passing out water at local fun runs....

 
 By RIVERA SUN    Opinion    May 30, 2019

The bottom line in affecting change: Go for the money

It’s rare to hear business magazines admit the power of nonviolent action. As the editor of Nonviolence News, a service that collects and shares 30-50-plus stories of nonviolence in action each week, I often see business journals minimizing the eff...

 
 By Lee Hughes    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Don't forget the fallen on Memorial Day

America celebrates Memorial Day this weekend, a long-running and, in the past, controversial holiday eventually made official by President Lyndon Johnson in 1966. The purpose of the holiday is to remember our nations fallen servicemen and women who...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    May 23, 2019

Removing Snake River dams is unwise for a multitude of reasons

There are dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t. Hopefully, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts its review of the 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, that will become abundantly clear. That review is expected...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 23, 2019

What happened to justice in American courts?

Our court system is out of control. I was watching a Mariner’s game the other day when the network filled a break in the action with a half dozen commercials. My drink and chip bowl were both full, so I sat back in my recliner and day-dreamed. I...

 

Roundup should be banned

It is garden season which is a passion close to my heart. I find myself cringing in horror whenever I see Roundup weed killer, marketed by Monsanto/Bayer, lining store shelves in Spokane and around the country. I recently read in “Living...

 

Closing EWU downtown gallery creates an art opportunity

I recently received word that the Eastern Washington University Downtown Student Gallery will be closing soon. I understand that this is due to a lack of funding, not participation, therefore, I would like to make the following statement and...

 

StageWest thanks the public for a successful season

StageWest Community Theatre had great success with the last production of the 2018-2019 Session, “The Savannah Sipping Society” by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten. Most performances had a capacity crowd and the dinner theatre was a c...

 
 By SHANNEN TALBOT    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Georgia reproductive bills should concern us all

An inescapable news topic in recent weeks has been Georgia’s new legislation governing abortion, signed into law by Gov. Brian Kemp last week and sparking outrage and debate across the country. The much-buzzed-about “heartbeat bill,” HB 481,...

 
 By KRISTINE MEYER    Opinion    May 16, 2019

Courage counts most when you feel like you are at your worst

Imagine what it feels like to lose. Multiply that several times over. How tempting is it to throw up your hands in defeat and get really mad about it? When I was in junior high I went to a small school that wouldn’t be able to field a girls...

 
 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Facing the battle for America's soul

In just over two weeks, residents will get a chance to see something unique — a fairly accurate depiction of a historical moment that shaped this country into what it is today. The Washington Civil War Association, in conjunction with the city of C...

 
 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion    May 9, 2019

Affirmative Action has turned into negative reaction

Twenty years ago, Washington voters outlawed ethnic discrimination within our state. Initiative 200, passed by a decisive popular vote, specified that employers or those granting contracts, “shall not discriminate against nor grant preferable...

 

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