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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

 

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

 
 By WILLIAM REMAK    Opinion

For patients, insurers must begin counting the coupons

COVID-19 is ravaging the nation — and taking a devastating toll on those living with chronic illnesses. In New York City, our nation’s epicenter, 94 percent of those hospitalized with the virus had a major underlying health... — Updated 8/27/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Colder weather could further chill restaurant recovery

Sunny summer weather helped restaurant owners and workers recover after they were broadsided by the coronavirus pandemic last March. However, as fall morphs into winter and diners... — Updated 8/27/2020

 

Administration runs roughshod over Bill of Rights

Donald Trump and his staff have finally gone beyond a point of no return for me. The occupation of Portland, Oregon by some type of federal police violates several amendments in the Bill of Rights, most noticeably the Fourth... — Updated 8/20/2020

 

Eliminating trade barriers helps U.S. and Canada recoverery

The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed for non-essential travel until at least Sept. 21. President Trump and Prime Minister Trudeau mutually agreed to seal the world’s longest non-militarized border back in March to slow the... — Updated 8/20/2020

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

New nuclear needs solution inclusion

If Americans are to receive all of their electricity without coal and natural gas by 2035, they will need nuclear power. Even if Washingtonians, who already procure over 70 percent... — Updated 8/20/2020

 
 By JASON MERCIER    Opinion

Washington has too many statewide elected officials

With the August primary in the books let’s work to reduce the number of statewide elected offices. At present the people of Washington elect officials to nine statewide offices (not counting justices to the state supreme court).... — Updated 8/13/2020

 
 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Important Columbia, Snake river dams must stay

Dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers provide an appropriate balance between the economic needs of Eastern Washington and fish protections. While we already knew that here in... — Updated 8/13/2020

 

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