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

  • Weissman for Rep District 1A… Dear Editor, Here’s why Ellen Weissman gets my vote on May 15 for Idaho House of Representatives District 1A: Ellen listens well to people’s needs and finds cost-effective ways to help them; Ellen is sensitive to the needs of education/educators being a retired educator herself; Ellen is a creative grants writer and ...
  • Yes to Scotchman Peaks… Dear Editor, As a nurse practitioner, I have firsthand knowledge of the health benefits of spending time outside. Being active in nature not only improves our physical shape, but it also has positive impacts on our mood. That’s why we are so lucky to live in North Idaho and have access ...
  • Vote for Kunzeman… Dear Editor, If you will be voting in the Republican Primary Election on May 16, I encourage you to vote Carol Kunzeman for Bonner County Commissioner. There are many things that I love about living in Bonner County — from our beautiful surroundings and strong sense of community to people like ...
  • Getting the Most from Your Inhaler… Dear Editor, I recently went to a breathing class at Bonner General Hospital, and did I have a rude awakening. I’ve been using Albuterol inhalers for many years, the kind where I shake the small bottle and then insert it into an “L” shaped plastic dispenser and take a quick puff ...
  • Scott Endorsement Shocking… Dear Editor, I’m somewhat shell shocked having read Ron Adamik’s, president of Safety-Peace Officers Retired To Sandpoint (SPORTS), endorsement for Heather Scott. He touts her sponsorship and success of school safety legislation in HB565. Digesting his endorsement-ending diatribe: “We need Rep. Scott in elected office to neutralize the big floppy clown shoe-wearing ...
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