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

  • 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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