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

  • Vote in Favor of Levy… Dear Editor, Please vote IN FAVOR of the new school levy on March 14. This two-year levy replaces the old, expiring levy. It is a bare-bones, minimal increase of approximately 2 percent on just the Lake Pend Oreille School District (LPOSD) portion of your property tax.  For a home assessed at ...
  • Don’t Stay Home, Vote… Dear Editor, As a resident of Bonner County, I am asking other voters in this county to vote in favor of the supplemental school levy increase on March 14. I am a retiree who has moved back to North Idaho after many years and always appreciate what value came to my life ...
  • Talk to Congressman… Dear Editor, Congressman Raul Labrador (R) this week co-sponsored a bill by Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) that would eliminate the U.S. Department of Education by 2018. While the bill has been dubbed “largely symbolic,” it reflects the Congress’ new shotgun approach to legislation with the use of the Congressional Review Act; also lined ...
  • Schools Deserve Support… Dear Editor, I am really weary of Dan and Kathy Rose alleging our school administrators are committing fraud by asking the voters to approve a school levy. The bottom line is that schools cost money to operate, and the state of Idaho does not adequately fund our schools. Do we want ...
  • Take Scotchman’s Off the Auction Block…… Dear Editor, Now that a Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Bill has been introduced in Congress, the question is raised again, “How will this affect our community?”  Studies have reliably shown an economic benefit to communities located near designated wilderness.  Does this mean large numbers of tourists from all over the world will ...