Category: Opinion

Opinion

Living Life:

By Dianne Smith
Reader Columnist

Jeff D. was a 15-year-old who, after being declared emotionally disturbed and mildly mentally disabled, was placed in the custody of the state of Idaho. …

Civil asset forfeiture invites abuses

By Christian Rose

Reader Contributor

Benjamin Franklin once said, “They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security.’ A truer statement couldn’t be …

Letters

  • Beating a Dead Horse UPDATE: Yup, still dead…… Dear Editor, Ben Olson saw fit to title my Sept. 8 letter to the editor “Beating a Dead Horse…” (more about that later). In my letter I quoted part of Ben Olson’s hateful May 26 rant against me. I didn’t address a part of that rant which was: “Let me tell ...
  • Response to Uninformed… Dear Editor, Our Founding Fathers recognized that everyone is born with certain ‘inalienable’ rights. They then set about, as much as humanly possible, to design a system of government with a primary function to protect those inherent rights. Unfortunately, too many people today seem to think the government somehow came first ...
  • Transgender Issues… Dear Editor, Jim Healey got one thing right in his article about Adam Ferris; his death was indeed tragic. But that’s about all he gets right. It doesn’t take a mental health professional to see that Ferris was seriously depressed, confused, and likely suffering from attachment-related issues. That he was sick ...
  • Rambo and the 2nd Amendment… Dear Editor: J. Koons responded to S. Hogue who responded to Mr. White regarding the Second Amendment. Mr. Koons stated a desire to make downtown Sandpoint “firearm-free” then condemned Idaho Legislature, implying they are insane for supporting our Second Amendment right to bear arms, as well as attempting to degrade gun ...
  • PFLAG Sandpoint… Dear Editor; On Sept 8 I picked up a copy of the Reader. I came home with the express purpose of reading the feature; as I had previously spoken to Jim Healey; I am the president of PFLAG Sandpoint. After speaking to Jim about the need for getting the word out ...