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 By Lou Marzeles    Opinion 

The rise of arrogance and the need for 'Sense'

Arrogance is running wild in Olympia. It has consumed the State Legislature and the office of governor. This article addresses only the arrogance, not the specific policies, of these institutions. It is time for Uncommon Sense. In... — Updated 9/16/2021

 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

 By Dan Newhouse    Opinion

20th anniversary a time to look back and forward

Sept. 11, 2001 – a day that no American who lived to see will ever forget. I was recently asked about where I was that day, and I remember it keenly, deeply. I think it’s a question every American has an answer to—a moment en... — Updated 9/9/2021

 By Mark Miloscia    Opinion

Covid mandate protests erupt statewide

It’s clear: Parents in Washington are sick of their children being used as pawns by radicals in power who wish to destroy family, children and faith. Widespread protests against mask mandates at school and vaccine mandates at... — Updated 9/2/2021


Long-term effects of the vaccine

The long-term effects of the COVID-19 vaccines are unknown. The leadership is telling us the vaccines are safe; yet, the minimum 5-year observation trials for gene therapy drugs have not been conducted. The COVID “vaccines... — Updated 9/2/2021


Let's not repeat history

Having lived in three developing countries for 17 years, I met very fine Americans — as well as arrogant and ignorant Americans. Representatives from the U.S. Embassy, USAID, Peace Corps, U.S. Military, UNICEF and UNESCO and... — Updated 9/2/2021


America's band of roughnecks fueled Allied D-Day mission

By DON C. BRUNELL Contributor When thinking of England’s fabled Sherwood Forest, the medieval images of Robin Hood and his band of archers and swordsmen hiding in the woods giving the Sheriff of Nottingham a hard time comes to mi... — Updated 8/26/2021


Home and community-based care supports us all

Every day, millions of workers enter people’s homes to provide care to those with disabilities and the elderly. These “direct-care” workers assist individuals with bathing and dressing, cooking and eating, taking medication,... — Updated 8/26/2021


Belock committed to doing right for Cheney

Jacquelyn Belock is a progressive candidate for Cheney City Council Position 3 and deserves your consideration. Her answers to the questions the Cheney Free Press published on July 22 got my attention, and I have now met with her... — Updated 8/26/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

The Covid shark is still lurking, and it's hungry

One aspect of the last 18-plus months that has struck me is how life can sometimes imitate art. Specifically, for me, how some events with the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic correlate to the Steven Spielberg summer blockbuster... — Updated 8/19/2021


'There is no military solution.' Time to get real about it

“There is no military solution to the conflict.” That was the conclusion reached by the Biden administration earlier this year, which set into motion the plans for the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the... — Updated 8/19/2021


Instead of anti-mask 'dogma,' give us real solutions

Is this it? Is this all we can expect now from the Cheney Free Press in terms of local area news and commentary? Publisher Harnack’s opinion piece on Aug. 12, 2021 (Parents should push back on Olympia masks in schools mandates)... — Updated 8/19/2021

 By Sen. JEFF HOLY    Opinion

New 'reforms' make it harder for police to maintain public safety

Long before I became a state legislator for the 6th District, I served 22 years as an officer with the Spokane Police Department. During my time with the SPD, my top priority always was to protect and serve the public.  It has... — Updated 8/12/2021

 By JOHN HENSLEY    Opinion

Police reforms may hamstring public safety

I’ve been in the public safety profession in one capacity or another, since the late 1970’s, and I have seen significant changes in the profession — some good and some not so much. However, recent events in Olympia and across... — Updated 8/12/2021

 By ROGER HARNACK    Opinion

Parents should push back on Olympia masks in schools mandates

Parents of public school students in the 9th Legislative district have had enough of coronavirus-related mandates from Olympia. Shutter schools, curtail sports, wear masks, limit fi... — Updated 8/12/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

As the song goes, 'It's time for me to fly'

One hot mid-August Wednesday morning in 2000 I received a phone call from then-Cheney Free Press Dave Rey. Rey didn’t waste any time. After a quick greeting, he asked one simple question “How’d you like to come work for the... — Updated 8/5/2021

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Japanese hydrogen pilot may work in Washington

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were billed as the “Hydrogen Olympics!” Then along came COVID and sporting events worldwide were put on hold. The summer games were delayed until 2021. P... — Updated 8/5/2021


First amendment provides for religious freedom

James A. Haught’s commentary titled “It’s a crime to trust God” (Cheney Free Press July 22) shows a deep misunderstanding of both the Constitution and Christian values. The misrepresentation of the First Amendment... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Massive reforestation effort needed to absorb CO2

Massive forest fires in western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke, but are leaving behind millions of acres of scorched hillsides, ridges and... — Updated 7/29/2021


Nuclear weapons are again a rising danger

After a war has ended, historians, elected officials, and faith leaders, no less than the people involved, often raise doubts over whether the outcomes were worth the many horrific costs. But mourning diminishes over time and life... — Updated 7/29/2021

 By JOHN McCALLUM    Opinion

Innocence until proven guilty extends to elections

The Spokane County Elections Department has conducted 21 recounts of specific races over the past 20 years, according to the department’s online archives. To me, that indicates an inclination towards openness and transparency in... — Updated 7/22/2021


It's a crime to trust God

Fundamentalists and Republicans who dominate Mississippi put “In God We Trust” on car license plates, forcing all drivers to promote religion. The only way a motorist can avoid the motto is to pay $30 extra for a special plate... — Updated 7/22/2021


A voice to represent all the people of Cheney

Jacquelyn Belock will be a fresh voice to represent the unrepresented in the Cheney City Council and build a bridge between the city of Cheney and EWU and between the young and the older residents. Jacquelyn is a young,... — Updated 7/22/2021

 By ANDREW MOSS    Opinion

Taking a wrong turn on immigration detention

By ANDREW MOSS Contributor Last month, attorneys from the Department of Justice joined with counsel for the private prison corporation, the GEO Group, to present oral arguments supporting private immigration detention in Californ... — Updated 7/15/2021


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