Category: Opinion

Opinion

The massacre of children

By Adrian Murillo
Reader Contributor

There are some crimes that are so monstrous it hurls you far beyond your fear of the perpetrators or those agitators who urge them on. …

The morning after the election

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

The morning after the election, I took a walk. The dark computer screen across the room beckoned me to waggle the mouse and wake it …

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 …

Letters

  • Beaver damage… Dear Editor, I commend the job that Sandpoint Parks and Recreation did this summer battling goose poop at City Beach. Every dawn after a night of carpet bombing the guys were out sifting sand, raking grass, and scraping sidewalks to ready the beach for the day’s picnickers and sunbathers. Inevitably they ...
  • Robo call in poor taste…   Dear Editor, While it is not illegal to verbalize racist views or language, doing so promotes a negative stereotype for our region that is damaging to both citizens and businesses. This is especially true when the language not only targets and disrupts the mayoral campaign of Sandpoint but makes negative references ...
  • Goats, hikers and bean bags… Dear Editor, Sandy Compton was, of course, correct in pointing out that the goat problem at Scotchman Peak was, in fact, a human problem. I think that the hikers that feed the goats should be shot with bean bags. Then, if the offending hikers continue to think it is cute to feed ...
  • Expletive deleted… Dear Editor, My letter in the Oct. 8th Reader had an . I can maybe see an argument for little (I really can’t), but THE!? What was the that bothered the Reader… ...
  • Turn Halloween candy into cash for critters… Dear Editor, The kids have enjoyed going door-to-door in costume trick-or-treating. The homeowners (the ones with their lights on) have enjoyed seeing the kids all dressed up and having fun (and perhaps remembering the joy of Halloween when they were kids). Now the kids have an entire pillowcase filled with candy that ...
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