Category: Opinion

Opinion

I want my America back

By James Richard Johnson
Special to the Reader

I want my America back! I grew up in the Midwest in the 1950s and want back the America that stood for …

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 …

Letters

  • Harsh Wind… Dear Editor, The wind is harsh The wind is strong The wind is cold The wind is wrong It chills the heart Dulls the mind Kills the spirit Of human kind It comes from ignorance Pride and greed It comes from hatred With God’s speed This wind so harsh This wind so strong Yet it will die This wind is wrong This harsh wind Is out of season For ...
  • Memorial Day… Dear Editor, As we approach the Memorial Day weekend we must bear in mind that it is not just another holiday weekend. It is a somber occasion. We should remember all those that made sacrifices. It is a time when we should pause in our daily routine to pay homage to ...
  • Jesus Fish… Dear Editor, The origin of the Jesus fish is of the “occult” and/or pagan (astrology and sacred geometry) and goes back many centuries before the birth of the myth known as Jesus. (For more about this watch the film “Zeitgeist” or read the book: “The Christ Conspiracy: The Greatest Story Ever ...
  • Labrador and Health Care… Dear Editor, Raul Labrador drew national attention when he said “Nobody dies because they don’t have access to health care coverage” — a Time Magazine quote of the week. But another questionable quote came from Idaho’s other Congressional representative, Mike Simpson, who, while defending the GOP House-passed health care bill, proclaimed he ...
  • Beyond partisan politics… Open letter to Mr. Labrador, Mr. Risch, Mr. Crapo, I am a constituent of yours from North Idaho. Mr. Trump has fired FBI Director Comey, and today—Friday, May 12—Mr. Trump threatened Mr. Comey with secret tapes. Good. Mr. Trump should release ALL of his secret recordings. A bipartisan Special Counsel MUST be appointed ...
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