Category: Opinion

Opinion

Our turn: Together we can do better

By Mark Sauter
Reader Contributor

Last month the Bonner County Fire Chiefs Association (BCFCA) held three public forums. The BCFCA pointed out, in multiple, evidence-based ways, how Emergency Medical Services …

Engage Sandpoint: A missed opportunity

By David Phillips
Reader Contributor

Projects fail for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes the expectations are set too high; sometimes the allocated time or resources are insufficient; sometimes the tools …

City waterfront giveaway

By Kody Van Dyk
Special to the Reader

The city of Sandpoint draft Parks Master Plan identifies disposing of city-owned green space located east of the Edgewater Best Western Hotel. …

The Baloney Detective

By Tim Bearly
Reader Contributor

Images of an Orwellian dystopia are often evoked when we hear the term “big government.” The mere uttering of the phrase can function as a …

Touched by the change

By Robin Lantrip
Reader Contributor

It started with a brisk chill in the morning air. The meadow began dressing in longer birch and fir shadows. The evening scent held a …

Working toward civil discourse

By Brenda Hammond
Reader Contributor

The Bonner County Human Rights Task Force recently sent a questionnaire to all the candidates for city office, asking their positions on a number of …

Letters

  • County Hearing… Dear Editor, How far will Bonner County Commissioner Todd Sudick go to subdivide his waterfront property? Let's follow the sequence. About six months ago the County Commissioners fired their two senior planners. Then they took the P&Z Commission out of changes to the planning laws, and did away with public hearings, ...
  • Never Again… Dear Editor, I enjoyed Ben 's love letter to the country and related to the blessing of being able to speak up about injustice. Because I am American I do not fear when I write the following: It is disturbing that our locals are ignorant of Jeanetta. People react to the gruesome ...
  • Kudos Alexandra… Dear Editor, We want to tell Alexandra Blackwood how much we liked her writing. Poetic like a song! We all feel like Alexandra sometimes. We are sending her hugs and kisses. Life can be sad and being creative makes us happy. It's biological! During time alone we invite the angels and our ...
  • Do the Right Thing… Dear Editor, I am asking the Reader to do the right thing by retracting the vile insinuation Ben made that implies I am a Holocaust denier. I have never been and never will be a Holocaust denier. If you print a retraction I will put this behind us. Lee Santa Sandpoint
  • Note to Scarlette… Dear Editor, This message is in response to the last article posted by Scarlette Quille of Single in Sandpoint. Scarlette, your initial thoughts on transgender bathroom use intrigued me. There were some great arguments that helped me ground my own beliefs around the subject matter. A few that stood out to me: Since ...
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