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Jill Weiszmann is dedicated to Cheney

Jill Weiszmann is a community gem and we need her to continue serving us on the Cheney City Council. Jill has already proven her outstanding effectiveness representing all of us during her terms in office on the council. As... — Updated 10/10/2019


Military service is about socialism, pay equity

Like Frank Watson, I’m also a Vietnam-era, retired Air Force officer, with similar life experiences, and yet my values are very different. For example, Frank’s dire warning against the evils of socialism (CFP, 8/1/19) is... — Updated 10/10/2019


Taxing rich doesn't lead to economic prosperity

In the Oct. 3 edition, Lee Hughes closed his column with “It’s simple: tax the rich.” The only thing simple in that statement is the nature of Mr. Hughes understanding of economics: simpleton. The fact is, while that may... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By JUSTIN CARTER    Opinion

Local foods begin cropping up in schools in October

Throughout our nation, 42 percent of schools have contributed $789 million dollars to local foods through farm to school programs. This October marks the eighth annual National Farm to School Month, a time to recognize the... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

When all else fails, it's time to impeach the president

News flash – Nancy Pelosi learned President Trump is using his office for political gain so the House has begun impeachment hearings. I thought using the power of office was pretty normal in American politics. Members of... — Updated 10/10/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Much to think about regarding impeachment

Some thoughts on impeachment. Under the Constitution, the House has the sole power of impeachment, which it has done 19 times in the past, a record that includes 15 federal judges... — Updated 10/10/2019


Weiszmann cares about Cheney, West Plains

Honest. Consistent. Intelligent. Successful. Compassionate. Driven. Energetic. Giving. These are the words I would use to describe Jill Weiszmann who is once again running for Cheney City Council representative Position 6. I... — Updated 10/3/2019


Cheney School District marijuana policy harmful

The Cheney School District Board of Directors is headed for the second reading and vote of a new policy (3423) at their Oct. 9 meeting at Windsor at 6 p.m. This policy will allow the consuming of so called “medical” marijuana... — Updated 10/3/2019


5G will revolutionize our lives - and unleash security threats

What once seemed like science fiction will soon become reality. Doctors will perform surgery from thousands of miles away using remote-controlled robots. Self-driving cars will zip through traffic. This is the promise of fifth-gene... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

There's a learning curve to function in the modern world

I bought my first electronic calculator several years ago when I was in grad school. It was made by Texas Instruments and was a little bigger than a deck of cards. It could add, subtract, multiply, and divide much faster and more... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Opinion

Of fear mongering and false narratives

The proverbial bovine fecal matter has been piling up recently. According to columnist Frank Watson, in his Sept. 26 piece, the minimum wage was never intended to be a living wage,... — Updated 10/3/2019

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion
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Mitsubishi is now launching into regional jet space

Traditionally, media coverage of the Paris Air Show focuses on the battle between Boeing and Airbus over market share for newer large commercial jets. However, this year Mitsubishi... — Updated 9/26/2019


Administration is slowly removing human rights

Chip, chip, chip away. Do you notice the chipping away of human rights of migrants and reduction of total number of refugees by the present administration? Day after day, it creates an even more cruel way to block... — Updated 9/19/2019


Cigarette butts make cleaning Cheney difficult

“Cigarette butts, the most littered items in the world, are proving to be an intractable trash problem for regulators and tobacco companies. Throwing them on the ground is a firmly entrenched habit for many smokers.” This... — Updated 9/19/2019

 By SANDIP SHAH    Opinion

The dangerous bipartisan enthusiasm for drug price controls

For years, politicians have railed about the high cost of prescription drugs. But now, they appear poised to take action. Democrats and many Republicans want to impose price controls on medicines. One proposal would allow patients... — Updated 9/19/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

It's money that drives the economy, balanced trade needed

I heard a news report last week proudly announce, “The economy improved last week fueled by consumer spending.” Consumer spending, or lack thereof may be an indicator of economic strength, but it doesn’t drive. It doesn’t... — Updated 9/19/2019


Goodbye to the Free Press, it's been fun

Dear readers, I have worked for the Cheney Free Press for more than a year, and it has been a pleasure to do so. But now, it’s time to move on. While at the Free Press, I’ve travelled to firefighter trainings and photographed... — Updated 9/19/2019


History shows agitators get things done

“Agitators are generally involved only for themselves.” My observations combined with reading some history of agitators provides me with a completely different opinion of these people than Frank Watson expresses in the Aug. 29,... — Updated 9/12/2019


Cheney Free Press coverage is very much appreciated

My hubby and I have been Cheney residents for 40 years next January and the whole time we’ve read the Cheney Free Press to first learn about our community, and then to keep track of the many issues facing our community. Even... — Updated 9/12/2019

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

It is time to talk about our national debt

Our nation is on an unsustainable borrowing trajectory and it could get much worse unless voters start asking politicians: “How are taxpayers going to pay for what they... — Updated 9/12/2019


Spokane issues affect West Plains too

Many of us in Cheney are affected by Spokane city and county administrations. At today’s (Sept. 5) Spokane Homelessness Coalition with candidates Ben Stuckart, Nadine Woodward, Breean Beggs and Cindy Wendle, I took away one reali... — Updated 9/12/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

The myth of safety and security in these United States

I had a wonderful opportunity in 2000. I was selected as part of Spokane’s sister city educational exchange, and taught English in the Japanese public school system. One of my students was considering applying to be an exchange... — Updated 9/12/2019

 By Lee Hughes    Opinion

Is this the the end of democracy?

Is democracy threatened? Look around and it seems like — feels like — something is off. Things are amiss, and to offset what some consider the beginning of the end of democracy... — Updated 9/12/2019

 By FRANK WATSON    Opinion

Unelected judges replacing our government of we the people

I thought the court decisions against the makers of Roundup were over the top, but I was absolutely astounded at the recent ruling against Johnson & Johnson. These judgments are not only out of line, but tend to spawn even more... — Updated 9/5/2019

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Look out: it's election season

“Leaves are falling all around, it’s time I was on my way.” Thus sang leader singer Robert Plant on Led Zeppelin’s classic 1969 song “Ramble On.” OK, so leaves aren’t... — Updated 9/5/2019


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