Category: Opinion

Opinion

I want my America back

By James Richard Johnson
Special to the Reader

I want my America back! I grew up in the Midwest in the 1950s and want back the America that stood for …

Love is a Dog From Hell

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

The headline of this article comes from a book by poet and author Charles Bukowski, who lived a bitter, drunken existence periodically punctuated by moments …

Politicizing education

By Rep. Steve Berch, D-Boise
Special to the Reader

The House Education Committee voted recently to reject and remove every word of Idaho’s education standards in math, English and science …

Human rights for all

By Timothy Braatz
Reader Contributor

Black History Month was created to celebrate the achievements of people typically excluded from the telling of U.S. history. In that spirit, here are three …

How to winter

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

I was standing in line at the grocery store the other day and heard a woman say, “I just don’t ever remember a winter being …

Covenants can be a good thing

By James Richard Johnson
Reader Contributor

When I consider the ecological advantages to trains versus trucks carrying freight across America, I do not find myself opposing a second railroad bridge …

An American dream

By Brenda Hammond
Reader Contributor

“I have a dream … deeply rooted in the American dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning …

The year in advance

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

The year 2000 has always felt like more of a product than an age: Reality 2000, the Next Generation, or something like that. Maybe it

A history of violence

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

On Christmas Day, we woke up to find a pair of posts on our Reader Facebook page that went beyond the typical “fake news” straw …

The time machine

By Sandy Compton
Special to the Reader

I spend a lot of time on the road between Hope and Paradise. I have a home along that road. It’s the initial …

Letters

  • Ford For Sheriff… Dear Editor, I am writing in support of democracy. We have an upcoming election which should be carefully considered. It is the election for Sheriff of Bonner County. I support Terry Ford as an unaffiliated write-in candidate for this position and here is a list of why I feel compelled to tell ...
  • Vote For Kate… Dear Editor, I have heard about Kate McAlister for years—about her great work with the Chamber of Commerce, her passion for great education, serving on the board of the Forrest Bird Charter School and her work with Angels Over Sandpoint. Every person I talked with had great words for Kate’s involvement ...
  • Dissension Obnoxious… Dear Editor, Jodi Rawson’s Sept. 29 letter to the editor took issue with my letters directed at Ben Olson. She stated “…the dissension is becoming a bore”. What she really meant to say is “the dissension has become obnoxious.” If Olson, like Trump, wasn’t such an overweening person and had just retracted ...
  • Not Convinced Re: Harassment… Dear Editor, Re. “Democrats pull worker out of Bonner County, charge harassment by Idaho Rep. Heather Scott’s supporters”. Really? An unnamed community organizer from an unnamed place is whisked away to an unnamed place because he claims being harassed day and night, in two counties, and we are supposed to believe this ...
  • Only Candidate Qualified… Dear Editor, In the race for President, there is only one candidate that is qualified for this critical job. As a conservative editorial writer for the Wall Street Journal noted, Hillary Clinton’s election is all that can save us from the “reign of the most unstable, proudly uninformed and psychologically unfit president ...
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