Category: Opinion

Opinion

My mom is kind of a big deal

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

There’s not enough room on this page — maybe even in this paper — to adequately praise or even describe my mom. She’s kind of …

TV moms got nothing on the real thing

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

A significant portion of my formative years were spent watching television families. As a child whose parents both worked full time to ensure my two …

Passenger seat past

By Lyndsie Kiebert-Carey
Reader Staff

It is a spring evening, nearing sunset, after a warm day. The smell of sun-baked lakebed and blooming skunk cabbage fills the car, carried by …

The small, good things

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

Every job has its stresses, no matter if you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the dishwasher in a small-town diner. 

Journalism is …

Setting the record straight on wolves

By Don Gay
Reader Contributor

In my opinion, the Reader opinion article on wolf trapping [“Trapping is a legal, useful tool to manage wolf populations,” March 31, 2022, by Eric …

Hot take on Earth Day

By Kelsey Maxwell
Reader Contributor

My childhood “wild place” was nowhere near extraordinary by an outdoor enthusiasts’ standard. It was a truly tiny strip of forest between my best friend’s …

Farewell Mr. Marker

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

It’s common for people to point to “that one teacher” who made a big impact on them when they were young. I’ve been lucky to …

Sandpoint has changed

By Brom Glidden
Reader Contributor

Sandpoint is in a period of change and there isn’t anyone we can point the finger at. Life is complex and this situation is no …

Letters

  • Bored with Rock…? Dear Editor, I often say, “Jazz is not for the musically challenged.” I will add that it is only for those who want a challenge. The most complex forms of jazz are extremely hard and require serious effort. Routinely jazz goes where all other music does not dare, and it has had ...
  • Response to Racist CDs… Dear Editor, It is the season of the year when compassion and giving are at the forefront. Holiday lights are sparkling and people greet each other with smiles and good cheer. That makes it particularly egregious to have the Sandpoint High School parking lot blanketed with hate-promoting CDs. Fortunately Sandpoint High ...
  • Help With Truth… Dear Editor, Cort Gifford, in your Nov. 30 letter “Truth in Short Supply” regarding climate change, you have given me a glimmer of hope. If, in fact, it is a hoax, I could give up feeling guilt driving my car, or using coal-produced energy, and dump the sorrow of leaving my ...
  • In Response To Mr. Gifford… Dear Editor, To paraphrase Mr. Gifford: “Common sense is in short supply”  with his letter. I do not know Mr. Gifford’s history, but as a native, born and raised here, recent weather and other related occurrences are very much out of place in my 60 years living here. The windstorm from ...
  • Truth in Short Supply… Dear Editor, Truth was in short supply at the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, held at Community Hall on Friday, Nov. 17. Out of sheer curiosity, I attended the meeting, having braced myself against what I knew would be an onslaught of tired, shopworn, left-wing/progressive dogma. I wasn’t disappointed. I sat through two ...
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