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 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Honoring fallen heroes goes beyond lowering flags

Lowering our flags to half-staff seems to be an all too familiar sight these days. It is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed... — Updated 11/11/2021

 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

Oppose forcing COVID vaccine on kids

Last Wednesday, the Seattle School Board was set to vote on a resolution asking the state of Washington to force public school students to be injected with a COVID-19 “vaccine” to attend school.  The board, however, decided... — Updated 11/11/2021


Replace tattered flag in Cheney

I am an old lady who walks daily, picks up litter and observes homes and businesses that proudly fly the American flag as I do. Several months ago, I observed a government office and a business with badly tattered flags. I wrote... — Updated 11/4/2021


Wyman adept at obfuscation

So, it seems our dubious Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman is moving on to bluer pastures. She is resigning mid-November, having been “tapped’ by the Biden Administration to oversee federal election security. She was... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By THOMAS RYAN    Opinion

Supply disruptions are hitting home-based medical care

The days of scrambling to secure toilet paper are over. But the pandemic is continuing to wreak havoc on supply chains. Pet food is in short supply. Restaurants are warning customers that their favorite meals may not be on the... — Updated 11/4/2021

 By Don C Brunell    Opinion

Business recruitment strategy needs rethinking

For years, Washington state masked its high business and regulatory costs with low-priced, reliable electricity --- lots of it. However, Tennessee packages low-cost, reliable... — Updated 11/4/2021


Gov. Inslee resumes targeting dams

It’s no secret that Gov. Jay Inslee wants the removal of the four federal dams on the lower Snake River between Clarkston and the Tri-Cities. Back in December 2018, his proposed 2019-21 operating budget included $750,000 for a st... — Updated 10/28/2021

 By MARK MILOSCIA    Opinion

Parents rightfully standing up to school boards

Earlier this month, the National School Boards Association sent a letter to President Biden complaining about the increased involvement of passionate parents at school board meetings. “The National School Boards Association... — Updated 10/28/2021

 By JASON MERCIER    Opinion

Do we still need a Legislature?

With Gov. Jay Inslee telling us his ongoing mandates — developed behind closed doors and imposed without public involvement — are a “raging success,” do we still need the public legislative process for governing? Should... — Updated 10/21/2021


School Board's digital meetings disappoint

I attended last week’s Cheney School Board meeting via Zoom as was listed as a way to attend the meeting. The entire meeting was so garbled as to not be understood. I emailed during the meeting to let them know what was... — Updated 10/21/2021


Press needs to remain uncompromised

The hair on my neck stood up when I heard Speaker of our House, Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., tell a member of the media that their job was to support her political agenda. Recalling the civics lessons that I had as a youth, I learned... — Updated 10/21/2021


Get involved in redistricting effort

It is not too late to submit your views to the Legislative Redistricting Commission. Citizens should get involved in the 10-year redistricting of the state based on the 2020 Census.   Proposals for state districts are due... — Updated 10/21/2021


Natural gas air pollution is real

Commentary earlier this month by Don Brunell frustrated me by his reasoning. He talked about Gov. Inslee’s ban on fossil fuels for new construction being “expensive for home and building owners, many of whom installed energy... — Updated 10/21/2021


Reader endorses Maike for mayor

I endorse Shirley Maike for Medical Lake mayor. Shirley has the best experience and knowledge to keep the city going forward and operating in the black. I have watched Shirley work as a planning commissioner, as a council member... — Updated 10/21/2021

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Taiwan's tenuous future a threat to domestic and global security

Unfortunately, what happens in Taiwan doesn’t just stay in Taiwan, it impacts us. So, when President Xi Jinping announced China’s plan to step up “unification “efforts, it... — Updated 10/14/2021

 By DREW LAWSON    Opinion

Disappointing decision regarding 2B football playoffs

Last week, the WIAA unveiled its state tournament allocations for fall sports. These allocations determine how many teams each district gets to send to the state playoffs in these sports, which around here, include football,... — Updated 10/14/2021

 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Time for businesses to object

The last week has not been good for small businesses in our part of the state. The U.S. Postal Service began slowing “snail mail” services. Stores were ordered to stop using... — Updated 10/7/2021


Reader supports Cooper for mayor

I want the best for Medical Lake. We all do. I believe Terri Cooper has the vision to usher us through the growth that we will likely see in the next few years. Our choice to control growth needs a strong leader who is able to... — Updated 10/7/2021


Ban Inslee's natural gas ban

By Don C. Brunell Contributor Gov. Jay Inslee’s end run around the legislature banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings is a bad idea. Even though the state legislature adjourned last spring without passing his b... — Updated 9/30/2021


Cooper is the best candidate for mayor

I am writing this letter of endorsement in support of Terri Cooper for mayor of Medical Lake. I was employed by the Medical Lake School District for 34 years and over my career was as a teacher, assistant principal and high school... — Updated 9/30/2021


Support Maike for Medical Lake mayor

As a former councilmember with Shirley Maike, I am pleased to continue my endorsement and support for her re-election as mayor of Medical Lake. Shirley Maike has the demonstrated proven knowledge, skills and abilities to remain as... — Updated 9/30/2021

 By DREW LAWSON    Opinion

Are we too divided to remember?

Have we become too divided as a country to properly honor those lost to tragedy? This question has crossed my mind multiple times in the last week, which was largely focused on recollecting the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the... — Updated 9/23/2021


Writing 'Wuhan coronavirus' is editorializing

The Sept. 16 story, “WSU orders 4-H volunteers to get vaccinated” was listed in your news section and clearly consisted of the personal views held by your publisher (who wrote the piece). The author’s reference to the... — Updated 9/23/2021

 By Roger Harnack    Opinion

Shot order for 4-H volunteers goes too far

Talk about a bureaucrat with delusions of grandeur. On Sept. 3, Washington State University Extension Office Director Vicki A. McCracken took it upon herself to dictate that all... — Updated 9/16/2021


Heat but no light at School Board meeting

The Sept. 8 Cheney School Board meeting had some heat. Public comments were heard and limited to the opening minutes. These comments may be delivered in person or emailed prior to the meeting. An angry parent at the meeting... — Updated 9/16/2021


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