Category: Opinion

Opinion

A belated Easter message

By Nick Gier
Reader Columnist

Easter was late this year, and the date changes every year according to an astronomical calculation. After much controversy in the early church, it was …

Why Wilderness?

By Phil Hough
Reader Contributor

Americans came together 49 years ago to celebrate the first Earth Day. We committed to making our planet a more liveable place. We’ve cleaned up …

Poverty

By Alexandra Iosub
Reader Contributor

I feel like there’s a powerful social taboo in place that makes it difficult for Americans to talk about money in a productive way. At …

Letters

  • Wake up and Vote… Dear Editor, Wake up and vote – the Redoubters are! They are taking our community, and we won’t even know it until it’s done. They are getting on city councils, school boards, county commissions and state legislative seats. Their efforts are directed at stopping school levies, stopping wilderness and national forest ...
  • Look at the Facts… Dear Editor, Please vote yes on the upcoming replacement supplemental levy for Lake Pend Oreille School District.  Because the state does not adequately financially support our local educational process, it is necessary to come back to the voters rather regularly to request supplemental levies. Requested is $8,300,000 in 2018 and $8,700,000 in ...
  • 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 ...
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