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

  • Final Response to Mr. Kattner… Dear Editor and Cliff Kattner: This will be my last installment in the dialog I started with Cliff Katner by replying to his letter of Jan. 19.  So, if the Reader publishes this letter and you elect to respond, Cliff, I am giving you the last word. Cliff wrote (gleefully, I think): ...
  • Trump: a True Minority… Dear Editor, It seems ironic that Donald Trump, often criticized for being less-than-friendly towards minorities, should prove to be such a minority himself.  We all know about the popular vote, but when you consider losing the popular vote by the second largest margin of any president in history (which has happened ...
  • Health Care Reform… Dear Editor, Healthcare is 17.8 percent of the U.S. economy. The largest insurance agency in the country is the government, it covers its workers, military, plus 42% of children, 25% of adults under 65, and of course all adults over 65 and over. So, before Republicans get rid of the majority ...
  • Supplemental Levy… Dear Editor, Vote YES on the Lake Pend Oreille School District (LPOSD) Replacement Supplemental Levy. This vote reflects well-deserved confidence in our staff, our students, our children, our grandchildren, and our future. Each Lake Pend Oreille school, especially the small rural ones, rely on local support to fund essential academic programs, services, ...
  • Dixon Town Hall… Dear Editor, I was fortunate enough to attend Sage Dixon’s town hall meeting on Saturday, Jan. 28, in Ponderay. It was my first time meeting with Rep. Dixon, and I really appreciated that he takes the time to meet with his constituents. I was at the meeting to voice my concern about ...
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