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

  • Refugee Program Works… Dear Editor, The refugee program works. Specifically our refugee program works very well. Since 9/11/2001, over a million refugees have been settled in america. Refugees are far more respectful of American laws than us locals. For America to be a savior to such a large number of people is rewarding. I don’t ...
  • Refugee Resolution… Dear Editor, Ben Olson, you continue to impress and amaze me. Ben’s recent editorial expresses “disgust” at some of the comments voiced at the recent city council meeting and calls out this line of thought for what it is: fear-mongering, xenophobic, and Islamphobic. I applaud his honest judgement on a very ...
  • Support City Resolution… Dear Editor, As I attended the Sandpoint City Council meeting last Wednesday, I was disappointed and saddened by the fear and anger exhibited by a large group of people toward a resolution proposed by the Mayor. The resolution was intended to welcome any refugees to our area and counter a resolution ...
  • No to Refugees… Dear Editor, I am not writing because I am a mean person, but anyone who watches what these people are doing to other countries have a very good right to be very concerned. I have grandchildren in day care in Sandpoint, we are Christians and do not believe in their religion ...
  • The Descent of the Republican Party… Dear Editor, As we head into the presidential elections, a useful and insightful book to read about presidential character is a “Team of Rivals” by well-respected historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin.  This acclaimed book is a detailed study about Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet.  In her introduction, Lincoln had the admirable qualities ...