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

  • Antarctic Dinosaur… Dear Editor, Some time ago, I read an interesting article describing a dinosaur discovery – in Antarctica of all places – by a EWU prof. The bones of this dinosaur – obviously extinct – are thought to be 71 million years old, plus or minus.  Antarctica wasn’t always an ice cube? I ...
  • Climate Change and Science… Dear Editor,  For once I agree with Ben Olson, with his comment “I long for the days in the future when science is treated as fact and not activism.” The comment pertained to his observation of heavy forest fires “every single year” somehow being linked to “climate change.” Climate change is a ...
  • Jack Handey… Dear Editor: I feel compelled to respond to “Deep Thoughts” by Jack Handey from Aug. 16. In the past, I knew his “Deep Thoughts” were stupid, but I can ignore stupid. This week’s “Deep Thoughts” article was beyond stupid. It was a mean and irreverent article.  You aren’t “cute” to tell a child that ...
  • The County Budget… Dear Editor: This started out as a simple endorsement for Steve Lockwood for county commission, but the commission budget article in the Aug. 16 Reader encouraged me to expand my comments as it pertains to Dan McDonald, apparently the commissions spokesman. Mr. McDonald pays lip service to issues that effect the average ...
  • No Place for Hate… Dear Editor, The Daily Bee headline about Mr. Patrick Little’s plans to come to Sandpoint to spread his feelings of hatred toward Jews weighs heavy on my heart. I had a twinge of disgust that the Bee would even print anything about him because it gives him credibility. But it is ...
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