Category: Opinion

Opinion

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 …

Our best foot forward

By Tim Henney
Reader Contributor

Several evenings ago my 1957 bride, our visiting and aging (58!) adult daughter, son-in-law and dog Tippy were driving home with cartons of Thai and …

Letters

  • No need for robo call… Dear Editor, I received a robo call attacking Shelby Rognstad, candidate for mayor of Sandpoint. This call is a new low in bottom feeding. It deals in fear, hatred, ignorance and prejudice. It scapegoats low-income people and African-Americans. Besides being racist, it is homophobic and denigrates women. I encourage this newspaper to continue ...
  • Phone slander… Dear Editor, Today I received a phone message slandering and speaking disrespectfully towards Shelby Rognstad for mayor. I am feeling sad, disappointed and angry to see something like this happen in our community. It’s not even remotely possible to take a phone call and message like this seriously because there wasn’t a ...
  • Abortions… Dear Editor, In the late 70s I would exaggerate my anti-abortion position by telling my pro-abortion friends that I thought there should be abortions up to the age of seven because you should know by then if you want to keep or not. Then I would tell ‘em that ...
  • Anti-Vaccination advocate speaks out… Dear Editor, In regards to Harrison Berry’s story from last week’s Reader; I am in the good company of the autonomous 20.6% of Bonner County parents. The philosophy I wrote on the vaccine exemption form was based on the age old wisdom, “if it aint broke, don’t fix it.” The irony is that ...
  • Vaccination woes… Dear Editor, Formaldehyde, aluminum, mercury, baby fetal tissue and monkey kidney are some ingredients in vaccines. Ingredient side effects may cause autoimmune and neurological disorders, cancer and death per vaccine inserts. 1950-60s people had two vaccines, 1980s children received ten injections. Today, children receive 53 by age five! Articles such as Harrison ...
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