Category: Opinion

Opinion

Road Reflections: Fall 2019

By Steve Klatt
Special to the Reader

Overseeing a county road operation has some remarkable resemblance to surviving as a small farm operator. You take stock of the conditions in …

A history of conflict

By Christine Holbert
Reader Contributor

I recently spent six weeks in Ukraine, visiting family, traveling and promoting the new Lost Horse Press Contemporary Ukrainian Poetry Series at the Lviv Book …

Some thoughts on guns at the Festival

By James Baldree
Reader Contributor

Concerning the “controversy” over guns at the Festival, can we at least agree on a couple of points? Pro-gunners, given today’s realities, if the Festival …

The Mueller Report: A “Short” Form

By Philip A. Deutchman
Reader Contributor

I have read the two-volume, 448-page Mueller Report, entitled, “Report On The Investigation Into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election,” by Special Counsel …

Starting high school

By Dinah Rawson
Reader Contributor

I’m starting classes at Sandpoint High School next week and, honestly, I’m terrified. There is so much pressure we face as teenagers — from the …

Point/Counterpoint: Gun rights

Carrying in public places: ‘Better to have it and not need it’

By Steve Wasylko
Reader Contributor

The short answer is “yes,” I would feel safe at the Festival knowing …

Letters

  • Vote for Kunzeman… Dear Editor, If you are a registered Republican, or an independent/unaffiliated voter, please vote for Carol Kunzeman for Bonner County Commissioner in the Republican Primary Election May 15. Kunzeman served as Ponderay’s mayor for eight years and for five years as a member of the council. During that time, Kunzeman demonstrated what ...
  • Close the Gap… Dear Editor, The 2018 Idaho legislative session is about to end, and for the sixth year our legislators have refused to address our mounting health care costs and the health care of Idaho’s most needy citizens, those in the Medicaid gap. What does this mean to the Idaho citizens and taxpayers? There ...
  • 2nd Amendment Regulations… Dear Editor, As a Marine vet with multiple carry permits I go everywhere armed. That said, I would like to see much tougher gun laws. To wit: Universal background checks for every transfer of a weapon from one party to another of any kind anytime that include all local, state and federal ...
  • Name calling won’t accomplish much… Dear Editor, Marty Stitsel’s letter of 22 March re: the NRA. In last week’s letters to the editor column, Marty Stitsel accused the NRA (National Rifle Association) of being the worst terrorist organization in the world. Marty associated the organization with the likes of ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Taliban. I don’t ...
  • Error in Statistics… Dear Editor, I apologize for my letter to the editor on March 22. In that letter I stated 80 million people are members of the NRA. I was wrong. There is an estimated 80 million people that own guns. The NRA claims about 5 million members. However, the NRA is very ...
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