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

  • Sandpoint should accept all colors, creeds, origin… Dear Editor, I’m new to Sandpoint. I moved here a little more than a year ago on a piece of advice from someone I barely knew at the time. Unlike many people who I have met here, I do not have a lifetime of history and experience in this place. Like ...
  • County land use woes… Dear Editor, I have been reading with concern the stories of firings and demotions in the county planning department, changes to the planning and zoning appeals process, and the growing loopholes for building location permits. Coming on the heels of a conversation with Commissioner Sudick regarding his disdain for the current codes, ...
  • The refugees are coming… Dear Editor, It doesn’t take much to bring the Chicken Littles outta the woodwork. Instead of screaming “the sky is falling”, these wussies are now screaming “the refugees are coming, the refugees are coming”. From our County Commissioners and Heather Scott to the Boise crowd, the political arena in Idaho is ...
  • An appeal to reason… Dear Editor, We here in Idaho are at great risk of being victims of gun violence.  We are not protected by state laws, which could limit the purchase of assault-type weapons, nor are we protected by thorough background checks of any person wanting to buy a gun. Anyone who is afraid, angry, ...
  • Creative immigration policy… Dear Editor, I believe in very strict immigration policies. I think that all people on the North American continent who are decedents of immigrants that arrived here in the last 350 years should be sent back from whence their ancestors came. We were not invited to visit or move here from the countries ...