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

  • No to Refugees… Dear Editor, I am not writing because I am a mean person, but anyone who watches what these people are doing to other countries have a very good right to be very concerned. I have grandchildren in day care in Sandpoint, we are Christians and do not believe in their religion ...
  • The Descent of the Republican Party… Dear Editor, As we head into the presidential elections, a useful and insightful book to read about presidential character is a “Team of Rivals” by well-respected historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin.  This acclaimed book is a detailed study about Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet.  In her introduction, Lincoln had the admirable qualities ...
  • Reader Milestone… Dear editor Congratulations  on your 1st year anniversary publishing  the Reader! Keep up the good work! “I can see a lot of light in you.” I’m glad I can help  deliver  to Bonners Ferry. Happy new year to you both  and to all the other writers at the Reader! A big shout to Candy, Julie, ...
  • Thanks to Nick Gier… Dear Editor, Thank you for the conscientious research of Nick Gier. He inspires compassion for the world. Jodi Rawson Sandpoint
  • Say No to Oil Trains… Dear Editor, Living in Sandpoint, I am no stranger to freight trains.  Like many of you, I can hear the rumble of an approaching train at any hour of the day or night, and my windowpanes rattle as one passes.  Trains in Sandpoint seem to be a fact of life – ...
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