Category: Opinion

Opinion

This week at the Capitol

By Sen. Maryanne Jordan
Reader Contributor

Rep. Sue Chew is helping fight soaring drug prices by expanding who can donate unused medications and what organizations can receive them. On Monday, …

Billionaires: heroes or zeroes?

By Jodi Rawson
Reader Contributor

Billionaires only began to exist around a century ago, starting with “oil magnate” John D. Rockefeller in 1916. Today there are around 2,500 billionaires, and …

Back from the dead

It was four years ago this week that the Reader came back from newspaper purgatory. Founded in 2004, the first iteration of the Reader published every week for over eight …

Benefits of a second rail bridge are unclear

By Chantilly Higbee
Reader Contributor

Optimization is important to the sustainability of any industry. Transportation by rail is no exception. However, the benefits gained by working efficiently should be balanced …

Letters

  • Not a Partisan Issue… Dear Editor, If you are sick, or injured, and you seek the medical help you need, nobody will ask you what your political beliefs are. They will ask you, though, if you have any health insurance. For many people in Idaho, the answer is still no. The Medicaid expansion petition is ...
  • Worst Terrorist Organization in the World… Dear Editor, What is the worst terrorist organization in the world? ISIS, per the CIA. There is an estimated 80,000-100,000 members. ISIS has killed about 2,100 people outside of Iraq and Syria AL Qaeda/Taliban have about 200 to 1,000 core members, but possibly tens of thousands of followers. Between 1992 and 2008 they have ...
  • Jim Woodward for District 1… Dear Editor, Jim Woodward is the perfect fit to replace retiring Shawn Keough for District 1 Senate. Jim supports the same issues, principles and concerns of the constituents in the district. He favors and prioritizes education, water quality, small business, timber and efficient government which allows for a lower tax burden ...
  • Signatures Needed… Dear Mr. Olson, When my husband and I moved to the Sandpoint area in 2002, the future looked bright. At last we had the home in the country he’d wanted for so long. But five days after he retired he was diagnosed with stage-three cancer. An aggressive treatment plan was laid ...
  • Institutionalized violence… Dear Editor, I thought it remarkable that a performance at the Oscars called out the NRA (“...NRA/You stand in God’s way...”) until I recalled that Hollywood is one of the largest enablers of gun violence after the NRA. When we choose to watch violent movies we are endorsing institutionalized violence. In ...
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