Category: Opinion

Opinion

The massacre of children

By Adrian Murillo
Reader Contributor

There are some crimes that are so monstrous it hurls you far beyond your fear of the perpetrators or those agitators who urge them on. …

The morning after the election

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

The morning after the election, I took a walk. The dark computer screen across the room beckoned me to waggle the mouse and wake it …

My mom is kind of a big deal

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

There’s not enough room on this page — maybe even in this paper — to adequately praise or even describe my mom. She’s kind of …

TV moms got nothing on the real thing

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

A significant portion of my formative years were spent watching television families. As a child whose parents both worked full time to ensure my two …

Passenger seat past

By Lyndsie Kiebert-Carey
Reader Staff

It is a spring evening, nearing sunset, after a warm day. The smell of sun-baked lakebed and blooming skunk cabbage fills the car, carried by …

The small, good things

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

Every job has its stresses, no matter if you’re the CEO of a Fortune 500 company or the dishwasher in a small-town diner. 

Journalism is …

Setting the record straight on wolves

By Don Gay
Reader Contributor

In my opinion, the Reader opinion article on wolf trapping [“Trapping is a legal, useful tool to manage wolf populations,” March 31, 2022, by Eric …

Hot take on Earth Day

By Kelsey Maxwell
Reader Contributor

My childhood “wild place” was nowhere near extraordinary by an outdoor enthusiasts’ standard. It was a truly tiny strip of forest between my best friend’s …

Letters

  • In Defense of Gier… Dear Editor, To Nick Gier: I read your response to Vickey Babayco's letter, and all I can say is right on, brother. Excellent response. I'm thrilled that you met her silly letter head on. When I read her letter, I spent about ten minutes shaking my head in ...
  • In Response to Gier… Dear Editor, Just read through the Reader's July 21 issue. I noticed that Mr. Gier had mentioned my name in reference to the July 14 issue where I responded to his article he wrote in defense for Muslims. In this week's issue, Mr. Gier stated his thanks to me for praising him ...
  • Gier’s Response… Dear Editor: I want to thank Vickey Babayco (July 14th) for praising my rhetorical skills. I strive for both phrasing that catches the reader's interest and solid, fact-based analysis. Opinion writers worth their salt always control their message carefully. Babyco's charge of verbal abuse, however, misses the mark. Donald Trump, my target ...
  • Notorious BID… Dear Editor, I was just noticing the beautiful flower baskets prior to reading your article "Notorious BID." I laughed and was angry at the same time—sort of like reading the "Deep Thoughts" from the same issue. I assumed the quaint Winter Carnival was put on by volunteer organizers and entertainers, but even ...
  • Parking Woes… Dear Editor, I was surprised to read, after the fact, that the city held two workshops regarding downtown parking. As a downtown business owner, I can empathize with the construction workers getting tickets downtown, but the fact is, this happens every day to many business owners trying to make a living ...
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