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OPINION CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, May28,201515 continued from page 4 land costs, driving their smaller neighbors out of business, and bar- ring the next generation of family farmers from even getting a start. The time has come for crop insurance re- forms that emphasize conserving soil and water, put real lim- its on subsidies to the nation's largest farms, and ensures these sub- sidies are transparent to taxpayers. Tracy Bruc, kner is the senior associate for agri- culture and conservation policy at the Center for Rural Affairs. Established in 1973, the Center for Rural Affairs is a private, non-profit organization working to strengthen small businesses, fam- ily farms and ranches, and rural communities through action oriented programs addressing so- cial, economic, and envi- ronmental issues. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this commen- tary do not necessarily re- flect those of the Cheney Free Press. Control the fire of hatred against law enforcement I would like to thank the Cheney Free Press for having the good heart to print the article in the Opinion section of the paper rifled "This war on police officers needs to stop." This was in the May 14, 2015 edition. Police officers in our communities and across our nation put their lives on the line to preserve order in our society that we might have a sense of peace and safety where we live. For those who want to criticize, try walking in their shoes. Would you be willing to stand againstvandals, thieves, the violent, the murder- ers, the contemptuous that have no regard for others in society and on and on it could go. I agree with the ar- ride. "We really need to control this fire of ha- tred that has fanned out about law enforcement because 99 percent are good police officers." We need to speak up America and support and uphold and respect our police force. Would you be willing to take their place and walk in their shoes? If not, then have a sense of respect and appreciation. Thank you Cheney Free Press for your forthright article. Judy Bridges Cheney Camera crews bring fun to Medical Lake What fun we've had here in Medical Lake having a popular TV show filming right here in downtown. I'm sure some citizens have been a little dis- gruntled, driving out of their way to get to businesses, but only a block or two at most. Just to watch the many people, the ve- hicles and the trail- ers it takes to make a show. How exciting. Joyce Callaway Medical Lake continued from page 4 The tragedy is that both treatment methods are underfunded by federal, state and coun- ty government. Just like basic services such as police, fire and emer- gency, the fundamental role of government here is the treatment and protection of the men- tally incompetent. Unlike other areas of health care where patients can make ra- tional choices and di- rect their own care, providing quality men- tal treatments for those with no other option is a public health issue and should be a gov- ernment priority. The Washington state government cur- rently is placing a huge financial burden on reg- ular hospitals, county and city jails, and state prisons by not allocat- ing sufficient resources to the mentally ill. Estimates show that 20 - 30 percent of the Washington state pris- on population today has significant mental illnesses. This com- pares to just 6 percent in 1980. County jails in Washington are experi- encing an alarming in- crease in prisoners with psychiatric problems. Some are drug-related, but for most of these people, drug abuse is often just one part of a larger mental illness. Studies confirm that 40 percent of patients with severe psychiatric problems have been incarcerated at some point in their lives. A federal judge re- cently ruled that pris- oners in Washington must have a competen- cy evaluation within seven days of incar- ceration. Many pa- tients had been waiting weeks, or even months, in jail before receiving a professional mental examination, let alone caring and construc- tive treatment for their condition. There has been a tragic and growing trend in the use of regu- lar hospital emergency rooms for "psychiatric boarding" or "ware- housing." This is not only costly, but more importantly, can ex- acerbate the patient's mental problem. Last year, the Wash- ington Supreme Court ruled that emergency room "boarding" is illegal. Because of the psychiatric bed short- age in the state, many mentally ill people wind up back on the streets, living home- less and abandoned. In a $38 billion, 2015-2017 state budget, with an extra $3 billion in revenue compared to the last biennium, Washington officials must prioritize mental illness and fund it ap- propriately, a goal that is within reach given the resources avail- able. This would not only be good public policy, it would immediately make our communi- ties safer and benefit the state prison system, hospitals, and most im- portantly, people living with mental illness. Dr. Roger Stark is the Health Care Policy analyst at Washington Policy Center. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this com- mentary do not neces- sarily reflect those of the Cheney Free Press. High/Low Friday Saturday Sunday Mostly Sunny Partly Cloudy Mostly Cloudy 84/60 87/59 85/56 Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Partly Cloudy Showers Partly Cloudy AM Showers 78/53 70/49 73/50 76/52 ACCOUNTANTS NATASHA JERNEGAN, CPA Certified Public Accountant 1006 First Street Cheney, WA 99004 509-235-4450 JANICE KOPRIVA PENAR, C.RA. Certified Public Accountant Certified Finandal Planner 1951 First Street., Cheney 235-2518 747-0614 DENTISTS CHENEY DENTAL CARE Dr. Andrew F. Martinssen Family & Cosmetic Dentistry 625 "B" Street, Cheney 235-6137 or 747-6841 KENNETH M. COLLINS, D.D.S. CHRISTOPHER M. COLLINS, D.D.S. Family Dentistry , 1841 First Street, Cheney F&M Business Center 235-8451 443-8520 Hours: Men., Thurs., Fri. 7:00 - 2:30, Tues. & Wed. 7:00 - 4:30 MEDICAL LAKE DENTAL Bruce C. Toillion, D.D.S. Jessica M. Toillion, D.D.S. 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Men., Wed., Thurs. 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Tues. 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Fd. 123 N. Brewer, Medical Lake 299-5171 INLAND CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY DENTISTRY Jacob J. Ridl, D.D.S. 1717 First Street, Cheney 235-6241 MINT CONDITION DENTAL Family, Implant and Cosmetic Dentistry Marshall F. Gibbs, D.D.S. Elizabeth Newell, DDS 60 Simpson Parkway Drive, Cheney 235-2900 HEALTHCARE ROCKWOOD CHENEY CLINIC 19 N. 7th, Cheney 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m Saturday Closed Sunday 235-6151 o 744.1732 Charles B.H. Hough, M.D Tom Koeske, M.D. Cod Lopez, D.O. Jonathan Staben, M.D. Carol Gahl, PA-C Natalie Koncz, PA-C Melissa Norton, PA-C Molly Stapleton ARNP ROCKWOOD MEDICAL LAKE CLINIC 725 North Stanley Street, Suite D, Medical Lake, WA 99022 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday 509-299-5145 Fax: 509-299-5154 Douglas R. Gwinn, M.D. Serban Ionesou, M.D. Internal Medidne Barbara Tritt, P.A.-C OPTOMETRIST VISION HAUS Dr. Scott Borgholthaus 1867 1st Street Cheney, WA 509-235-2010 PHYSICAL THERAPY AIFN/AY HEIGHTS PHYSICAL THERAPY 9725 West Sunset Highway Located next to Boeing 509-624-4100 Jeffrey R. Wills, ET., Clinic Director Paula Dillon Mays, ET., A.T.C. Susan Barry, P.T., C.L.T. Erin Ribic, P.T., D.P.T., C.S.C.S. APEX PHYSICAL THERAPY 1855 First Street, Cheney Monday-Friday 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. 509-559-5038 Amy K. Sanderson, P.T., O.C.S. Mince Piccolo, P.T., C.S.C.S. Kelsey Deines, P.T.A. Tracy Kuhn, D.P.T APEX PHYSICAL THERAPY 12721 14th Ave. Airway Heights Monday-Fdday 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. 509-244-9968 Monty Soliday, M.P.T. Kelsey Deines, P.T.A. Ryan Clouse, D.P.T Andy Hamilton, D.P.T. Gary Franks, P.T. ROCKWOOD PHYSICAL THERAPY AND MEDICAL FITNESS CENTER (Cheney) 1727 1st Street, Cheney, WA 99004 509-839-2531 ext. 5605 Fax: 509-235-2175 Monday & Wednesday 7:00 a.m.- 8:30 p.m. Tuesday & Friday 7:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. Thursday 10:00 a.m. - 830 p.m. Blondel Assonken, D.P.T. Nicole Stevens, D.P.T. PSYCHIATRY & COUNSELING PEAK PERFORMANCE PSYCHIATRY & COUNSELING Dr. Reznicek Board Certified Psychiatrist 1717 S. Rustle Rd., Suite 212A Spokane, WA 99224 509-315-4142 www.peakpsychiatry.org info@peakpsychiatry.org PUBLISHING CHENEY FREE PRESS William Ifft, President Harian Shellabarger, Publisher John McCallum, Editor 1616 W. First Street, Cheney 235-6184.299-5678 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. VETERINARIANS BLACKHAWK VETERINARY HOSPITAL Eric Wert, D.V.M. 423 W. ,First Street, Cheney 235-2020 624-9613 Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CHENEY VETERINARY CLINIC, INC. Dr. Trad Rickey, D.V.M. Dr. Jessica i3tchenal, D.V.M. 1971 First Street, Cheney 235-6860 Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. WEST PLAINS ANIMAL HOSPITAL Kris Belles, D.V.M. 10510 W. SR 2, Suite 3, Spokane, WA 99224 624-3474 Men. & Fri. 8:00 am-5:30 pm Open late Thursday to 7:00 pm Sat 8:00 am-5:30 pm