Category: Opinion

Opinion

The Plastic Challenge

By Gabrielle Duebendorfer
Reader Contributor

I started writing this article in January on a gorgeous beach. I was inspired by the universal paradox of beauty and ugliness; summer and winter; …

Earth Day at 50

By Phil Hough
Reader Contributor

A new, or novel, virus has paused our normal activities with other people. Group events and gatherings are on hold for now. Stay-at-home work feels …

Misery loves company

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

I would have attended the “Disobey Idaho” protest, which saw Idahoans by the hundreds — maybe more than a thousand — gather April 17 in …

‘Welcome to socialism, America’

By Jason Welker
Reader Contributor

With the passage of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 27, the United States …

Letters

  • Lack of Public Input Concerning… Dear Editor, Our county commissioners are proposing a significant change in the regulations for subdividing land in Bonner County from "Ag 20 to Ag 5." This may sound good in theory, allowing people with larger tracks of land to sell some of it and make a little extra money, but what's ...
  • Animals in Stores… Dear Editor, I am concerned with both the number of restaurants and supermarkets allowing animals into their establishments, as well as the number of pet owners who think they can take their dog into said places. Along with your column The Straight Poop, people think that they can bring their pets ...
  • Why Did the Turtle Cross the Road? Dear Editor, I do not have an answer for that, but every year I see turtles that have been hit by cars (five since this spring). I personally have assisted several turtles in their highway crossing. The area where I notice them crossing is near the Idaho Club golf course and the ...
  • A Profound Thanks… Dear Editor, I lost my wallet the other day. It bummed me out. I spent the next couple days retracing my steps, canceling credit cards, arranging to get a new driver's license, bemoaning the loss of the cash, etc, etc. My dark mood deepened during those days as I listened to excerpts of ...
  • Crony Capitalism… Dear Editor, The city and governor's endorsement of Kochava is just another example of crony capitalism. It is not government's role to endorse some businesses while ignoring others. Why doesn't every opening Idaho business have its mayor and governor cutting its ribbon. Either the government cuts every ribbon for every business or ...
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