Category: Opinion

Opinion

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 …

How real estate shapes a community

By Raphael Barta
Reader Contributor

In a prior existence, I lived in Vancouver,  British Columbia, where I was a vice president for the ski resort development company Intrawest. At the …

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 …

Letters

  • Shelby for Mayor… Dear Editor, Vote for Shelby Rognstad in the Sandpoint Mayor’s election on November 3rd. Shelby wants to bring clean, high-tech firms here that provide good-paying jobs. He drafted a zoning plan that keeps Sandpoint affordable, with no sprawl, and is environmentally sensitive. He created an herbicide-free, hand-pulling program to rid our lake of invasive ...
  • We get what we pay for… Dear Editor, Regarding Heather Scott and her confederate flag, either she is very unaware of the meaning of that flag or she is very racist. Yes she can claim that her actions are a freedom of speech issue. Obviously she is is ignorant of the fact that the  confederate flag is ...
  • Tea Party politicians shouldn’t butt in… Last week I heard on our local talk radio (KSPT 1400) an announcement or what sounded like an advertisement given by one of our local political leaders (Christian Fioravanti) that he and our other tea party official, Heather Scott, as well as our elected sheriff Daryl Wheeler, bragging about how ...
  • Avista rate increase unfounded… Dear Idaho Public Utilities Commissioners: I have a problem with Avista’s requested increases in the monthly electric basic charge from $5.25 to $8.50 and the monthly natural gas basic charge from $4.25 to $8.00.  These increases are 62% and 88%, respectively. First of all, I understand the need to increase rates.  Avista’s ...
  • The world gone crazy… Dear Editor, With all the violence going on by both citizens and the authorities, it seems the world has gone crazy. What could be causing this? One of the most obvious reasons is there is just too many people in the world. Another obvious reason is religion. There are some other possible ...
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