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

  • Informative Series… Dear Editor, Many thanks to Ben Olson and the rest of the Reader staff for their very informative series on the Redoubt movement. Surprisingly I realize that I actually agree with some of what the Redoubters stand for: keeping government for the people and by the people, and by people I ...
  • Cross Words… Dear Editor, This is meant as a heads up to our community, and I hope will be taken in the context which it is written. Let’s start a dialogue this year regarding gender shaming words. I picked up a copy of the Reader last week and started to do the crossword puzzle ...
  • Response to Mr. Weins… Dear Editor, The author of the second article on page 7 (Herb Weins, Reader 12-21-17 issue) makes numerous irrational statements and comparisons. 1: “We have been exporting high-quality blue collar jobs out of the country for decades.” How does a smelter job qualify as a high-quality blue collar job, given the extreme working ...
  • Us vs. Them, Or Just Us… Dear Editor, Albert Einstein once observed: “If we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we keep getting what we’ve been getting.” Oh my! So if “what we’ve been doing” is “us versus them,” how’s that working for us? It seems what we’ve been getting is thousands of years of division, fear, hate, ...
  • Say Yes to Post-secondary Education… Dear Editor, A recent Gallup poll found that 58 percent of registered Republicans believe college has a negative effect on our society. I do not believe this nor do I think most Idaho Republicans, Independents and Democrats believe this. We believe that college education is the principal driver of social and ...
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