Category: Opinion

Opinion

Road Reflections: Fall 2019

By Steve Klatt
Special to the Reader

Overseeing a county road operation has some remarkable resemblance to surviving as a small farm operator. You take stock of the conditions in …

A history of conflict

By Christine Holbert
Reader Contributor

I recently spent six weeks in Ukraine, visiting family, traveling and promoting the new Lost Horse Press Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry Series at the Lviv Book …

Some thoughts on guns at the Festival

By James Baldree
Reader Contributor

Concerning the “controversy” over guns at the Festival, can we at least agree on a couple of points? Pro-gunners, given today’s realities, if the Festival …

The Mueller Report: A “Short” Form

By Philip A. Deutchman
Reader Contributor

I have read the two-volume, 448-page Mueller Report, entitled, “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election,” by Special Counsel …

Starting high school

By Dinah Rawson
Reader Contributor

I’m starting classes at Sandpoint High School next week and, honestly, I’m terrified. There is so much pressure we face as teenagers — from the …

Letters

  • Final Response to Mr. Kattner… Dear Editor and Cliff Kattner: This will be my last installment in the dialog I started with Cliff Katner by replying to his letter of Jan. 19.  So, if the Reader publishes this letter and you elect to respond, Cliff, I am giving you the last word. Cliff wrote (gleefully, I think): ...
  • Trump: a True Minority… Dear Editor, It seems ironic that Donald Trump, often criticized for being less-than-friendly towards minorities, should prove to be such a minority himself.  We all know about the popular vote, but when you consider losing the popular vote by the second largest margin of any president in history (which has happened ...
  • Health Care Reform… Dear Editor, Healthcare is 17.8 percent of the U.S. economy. The largest insurance agency in the country is the government, it covers its workers, military, plus 42% of children, 25% of adults under 65, and of course all adults over 65 and over. So, before Republicans get rid of the majority ...
  • Supplemental Levy… Dear Editor, Vote YES on the Lake Pend Oreille School District (LPOSD) Replacement Supplemental Levy. This vote reflects well-deserved confidence in our staff, our students, our children, our grandchildren, and our future. Each Lake Pend Oreille school, especially the small rural ones, rely on local support to fund essential academic programs, services, ...
  • Dixon Town Hall… Dear Editor, I was fortunate enough to attend Sage Dixon’s town hall meeting on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Ponderay. It was my first time meeting with Rep. Dixon, and I really appreciated that he takes the time to meet with his constituents. I was at the meeting to voice my concern about ...
Close [x]

Want to support independent local journalism?

The Sandpoint Reader is our town's local, independent weekly newspaper. "Independent" means that the Reader is locally owned, in a partnership between Publisher Ben Olson and Keokee Co. Publishing, the media company owned by Chris Bessler that also publishes Sandpoint Magazine and Sandpoint Online. Sandpoint Reader LLC is a completely independent business unit; no big newspaper group or corporate conglomerate or billionaire owner dictates our editorial policy. And we want the news, opinion and lifestyle stories we report to be freely available to all interested readers - so unlike many other newspapers and media websites, we have NO PAYWALL on our website. The Reader relies wholly on the support of our valued advertisers, as well as readers who voluntarily contribute. Want to ensure that local, independent journalism survives in our town? You can help support the Reader for as little as $1.