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

  • A Slippery Slope… Dear Editor, I see a very slippery slope to losing religious and philosophical medical exemptions for children whose parents have nothing to do with “faith healing.” It was tragic Swan lost her child, such as with any parents who loses a child. Meningitis is horrible, however there are no guarantees whether hospitalized ...
  • How to caucus for Bernie… Dear Editor, We are in the middle of selecting candidates for the November general election for President of the US. If you are an Independent or a Democrat you may be choosing between Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. If you feel strongly for one of these candidates you MUST attend the ...
  • For the Children… Dear Editor, If you have ever volunteered in an elementary school or worked in a classroom you might be impressed with the responsibility on teachers these days. If you have not spent time in a classroom and you have elementary age kids and feel teachers are not doing enough then please ...
  • Support Bernie… Dear Editor, I support Bernie Sanders for the democratic nomination because of his compassion, truth telling and commitment. He tells the truth about the corruption and greed that runs our political system. He shows compassion to minorities, the poor, elderly, and veterans by demanding that the rich pay their fair share ...
  • Jazz… Dear Editor, I have to congratulate Tim Henney for his hilarious and satirical article “Miles and Me” as he did a marvelous job pretending to be a name dropping ego maniac run amuck (I wonder if I coulda pulled that off). BTW Tim, “Miles and Me” is also the title of a ...
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