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

  • What If Chicken Little Was Right…? Dear Editor, I enjoyed reading Ms. Deubendorfer’s article, and look forward to her next, but I take exception to putting words in my mouth. I did not call Mr. Gifford those terms, nor would, as I don’t think of him that way. I was using cynicism to express my frustration at ...
  • Medicaid Expansion Needs Your Support… Dear Editor, I got one of those plastic bracelets yesterday. You know, the kind that gets you into fancy events and concerts, except mine granted me entrance to Grandstaff Veterans Hospital in Spokane. See, I’m a veteran (Korea, ’71-’72), and was really sick. I thought I had pneumonia. I decided to make ...
  • Thanks to Nick Gier… Dear Editor, I wanted to thank Nick Gier for his article illuminating Gandhi’s profound influence on Martin Luther King. I listened to a lecture given by the presiding Episcopal bishop, Michael Curry, on “Healing a House Divided.” The article made me think others might like to hear it. https://rap.wustl.edu/video/healing-a-house-divided-public-lecture-by-the-most-rev-michael-curry/ King and Gandhi brought factious ...
  • Response to Lockwood… Dear Editor, In response to Steve Lockwood’s comments Jan. 23, 2018…“Bonner County zoning codes are up for changes <WITH> the usual opportunities for citizen input. Industrial plants are <NOT> being permitted in many county zones.” Since 2008, there have been more than a dozen amendments making more than 60 text changes ...
  • Un-American Sentiments… Dear Editor, There are a lot of decidedly un-American sentiments running amok in the last issue that need to be addressed. In response to Ken Thatcher: You are wrong. We do not need less firepower, we need more. Do you recall the history of the Revolutionary War? Did the British government have ...
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