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

  • Keep Quiet During Show… Dear Editor, I’d like to ask the Festival goers to refrain from all the blah blah blah while the bands are playing. You don’t run your mouth when you’re at the movies, do you? Cool, thanks. Enjoy the music. Terry Owens  Sandpoint
  • Comments on Helsinki… Dear Editor, I was absolutely astounded at a child psychiatrist’s letter regarding Trump in Helsinki, which was obviously a rebuke to the opinion article written by Reader publisher Ben Olson. I agree wholeheartedly with Mr. Olson’s take on the disgrace and the treason-like actions the President of the United States inflicted ...
  • GOP Took No Action… Dear Editor, The GOP in Congress took no action when the President: Denigrated women on numerous occasions; Called Mexicans “rapists and drug smugglers”; Demeaned a Gold Star family; Mocked a handicapped person; Called American journalists the “enemy of the people”; Spoke of jurists as being “biased” against him; Questioned the professionalism and honor of top-level DOJ officials; Encouraged northern ...
  • Respectful Talk… Dear Editor, It is hard for me to believe that anyone could advocate respectful behavior and praise Donald Trump at the same time, as Foster Cline did in last week’s letter. Laura Phillips Sandpoint
  • Justice is Lacking… Dear Editor, I see that some tiny chain of so-called eating establishments whose nearest franchise is 700 miles away is suing a local food truck because of one public domain word is the same one as in their name.   First off, what snitch or spy ratted on The Twisted Kilt Black ...
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