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

  • McAlister a Fine Choice… Dear Editor, Kate McAlister is a fine choice for our District 1A Representative to the State Legislature. Kate works effectively to broaden economic opportunity in our area, through her leadership of the local Chamber of Commerce, her support for expanding fiber optic networks, and her involvement with education. Kate knows first hand ...
  • Dissension Becoming a Bore… Dear Editor, To Lee Santa: the first essay I read of yours was a letter to the editor printed first in the Daily Bee and then a few days later in the Reader. It was about our local police victim, Jeanetta, and it was bold and provocative. I also enjoyed your ...
  • McAlister a Good Choice… Dear Editor, Kate McAlister is my choice for the job of representing our District in the state legislature. Kate is smart, articulate and experienced with many years of local involvement, from being President/CEO of the Greater Sandpoint Chamber of Commerce to serving on various community development and educational boards. She is comfortable ...
  • A Grieving Brother… Dear Editor, Don Otis speaks of etiologies yet gives the impression Adam Ferris’ alcoholism and depression are merely secondary to his sexuality. It is absurd. I’m sure The American Psychiatric Association, The American Psychological Association and the American Academy of Pediatrics agree that homosexuality is not an illness or disorder, but ...
  • It’s Not a Choice… Dear Editor, This letter is in response to the letter from Mr. Don D. Otis. Yes, anyone can see that Adam had issues with depression. I could ramble on, but first I am going to collect my thoughts before I send a complete response. As I said in a previous letter, yes, I ...
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