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

  • Coal trains… Dear Editor, A Coal Train Protest Scenario: Having been out to of town for a while I just recently learned that the Sandpoint city council  had passed three resolutions opposing the increased coal shipments thru Sandpoint. I think that was a lovely, risk-free gesture that is unlikely to have any real effect on ...
  • Nay on Scotchman Peaks… Dear Editor, Despite the highly publicized support for the proposed Scotchman Peak Wilderness, including from our Bonner County Commissioners, there are many residents in Bonner County who are not in favor of this designation. It is time for a reality check on this. We are told the area must be protected, yet ...
  • Transportation for elderly… Dear Editor, It is from my personal experience and heartfelt concern that I address a travesty needing attention. Our community lacks an extremely valuable and necessary service: the transportation of homebound seniors to appointments regardless of whether the patient is on Medicaid or Medicare. We have not stepped up to the plate ...
  • Vote yes for Memorial Field… Dear Editor, Memorial Field/Barlow Stadium is truly a Gem, a complex for athletic events and so many other uses such as the Festival, Graduation, etc., probably unique in the Northwest for its setting and natural beauty. Let’s truly look at the total complex that serves us so well and keep this “Diamond ...
  • Experience counts… Dear Editor, I am wondering why some people believe there are advantages to electing a person who has no experience working with city government. How can we know if they have any knowledge how government works and has the good judgment needed to handle the job?  And how can we even ...
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