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

  • Survivalist Realtor… Dear Editor, “Survivalist” Realtor Chris Walsh, in his two- page ad recently in area publications, believes that Donald Trump, “Realtor-in-chief,” would make things better for working Americans. He won’t if he treats them like the immigrants who helped build his Tower or the workers who built his casinos, refusing to pay ...
  • Vote Terry Ford… Dear Editor, Terry Ford is an honest, hard working, capable candidate for Bonner County Sheriff. He retired from the Idaho State Patrol and looks forward to elevating the morale and professionalism of the Sheriff’s department. Let’s avoid today’s extreme positions by electing Terry. He is a write-in candidate, so is is necessary ...
  • Beating a Dead Horse UPDATE: Yup, still dead…… Dear Editor, Ben Olson saw fit to title my Sept. 8 letter to the editor “Beating a Dead Horse…” (more about that later). In my letter I quoted part of Ben Olson’s hateful May 26 rant against me. I didn’t address a part of that rant which was: “Let me tell ...
  • Response to Uninformed… Dear Editor, Our Founding Fathers recognized that everyone is born with certain ‘inalienable’ rights. They then set about, as much as humanly possible, to design a system of government with a primary function to protect those inherent rights. Unfortunately, too many people today seem to think the government somehow came first ...
  • Transgender Issues… Dear Editor, Jim Healey got one thing right in his article about Adam Ferris; his death was indeed tragic. But that’s about all he gets right. It doesn’t take a mental health professional to see that Ferris was seriously depressed, confused, and likely suffering from attachment-related issues. That he was sick ...
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