Category: Opinion

Opinion

How real estate shapes a community

By Raphael Barta
Reader Contributor

In a prior existence, I lived in Vancouver,  British Columbia, where I was a vice president for the ski resort development company Intrawest. At the …

Our turn: Together we can do better

By Mark Sauter
Reader Contributor

Last month the Bonner County Fire Chiefs Association (BCFCA) held three public forums. The BCFCA pointed out, in multiple, evidence-based ways, how Emergency Medical Services …

Engage Sandpoint: A missed opportunity

By David Phillips
Reader Contributor

Projects fail for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes the expectations are set too high; sometimes the allocated time or resources are insufficient; sometimes the tools …

City waterfront giveaway

By Kody Van Dyk
Special to the Reader

The city of Sandpoint draft Parks Master Plan identifies disposing of city-owned green space located east of the Edgewater Best Western Hotel. …

The Baloney Detective

By Tim Bearly
Reader Contributor

Images of an Orwellian dystopia are often evoked when we hear the term “big government.” The mere uttering of the phrase can function as a …

Touched by the change

By Robin Lantrip
Reader Contributor

It started with a brisk chill in the morning air. The meadow began dressing in longer birch and fir shadows. The evening scent held a …

Letters

  • Why Organizer Was Removed… Dear Editor, Bonner and Boundary County Democrats teamed with the Idaho Democratic Party to hire a young Brigham Young University student who has an active interest in how government works and the election process. He was hired for three months as a party organizer. His first task was to identify people ...
  • The American Redoubt… Dear Editor, From the LA Times, 2-8-2012 — “The American Redoubt, where survivalists plan to survive: It lies in the rural high country of Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, eastern Washington and Oregon. For a growing number of people, it’s the designated point of retreat when the American economy hits the fan. When ...
  • Terry Ford for Sheriff… Dear Editor, Questions have recently surfaced about whether Terry Ford’s 35 years’ experience in law enforcement has prepared him to oversee the Sheriff’s Office budget, the largest in the county. Worry no more!  Let me tell you why. Terry understands how to develop and balance a budget, having successfully done so for ...
  • Ignorant and Free… Dear Editor, Thomas Jefferson once said, “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, it wants what never was, and never will be.” I am a proud public educator. From delivering newspapers door-to-door as a teenager to working at a K-Mart to fund my education, I have learned that hard ...
  • Elect McAlister… Dear Editor, Kate McAlister is an excellent candidate for Idaho District 1 representative. She has long been an advocate for business in North Idaho. For years she has served as ED for the Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce and has earned the trust and confidence of the Bonner County business community and ...
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