Category: Opinion

Opinion

It’s time for a property tax freeze

By Mike Gearlds
Reader Contributor

For reasons best explained by them, Idaho legislators again failed to pass property tax relief or reform measures in the past session. They roused from …

Happy camper

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

Imagine a place where the coronavirus doesn’t really exist. Where the petty squabbling on social media is just a silly memory. Where there are no …

Failure to communicate:

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

Working with the media is an integral part of being an elected official. At least it used to be. Now, with social media serving as …

Letters

  • Thanks for Meeting… Dear Editor, I attended the Scotchman Peaks Open House on June 6. I want to thank the staff from Sen. Jim Risch’s office for being in attendance as well as Forest Service personnel. As you may know the Senator is considering re-introducing a wilderness proposal bill for Scotchman Peaks. His staff was there to ...
  • Disappointment… Dear Editor, I would like to express my disappointment with aspects of the proposed Scotchman Peaks wilderness open house held at the Hope Elementary School on Wednesday. On the upside Sen. Risch’s staff was approachable and eager to receive feedback from constituents. On the downside it appeared the Friends of the ...
  • Thanks Sen. Risch… Dear Editor: Many thanks to the staff of Sen. Jim Risch for holding the open house at Hope Elementary School regarding the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness proposal. I am a strong supporter of this proposal coming to fruition for the betterment of all citizens of Bonner County and North Idaho. Additionally, I ...
  • Paris Climate Accord… Dear Editor, We all have litmus tests that obviate the need for much research or study. One of those tests that has NEVER let me down is—when Donald Trump, Dan McDonald and Steve Brixen agree on something, I KNOW they’re wrong and jump on the other side without a second thought. That was ...
  • In Support of Free Press… Dear Editor, I am writing to you because of the assault committed by Greg Gianforte, candidate and now winner of the special election in Montana. My husband and I have many relatives and friends who live in Montana, including all of our grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I do not believe that Mr. ...
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