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

  • County Inaccuracies… Dear Editor, There is a recent onslaught of letters from Steve Temple and Carol Jenkins concerning Planning and Zoning. It’s almost as if there is a race to see who can spread the most disinformation. What Mr. Temple forgot in all of his discourse is that the P&Z Commission is appointed by ...
  • Kudos to Reader… Dear Editor, I just want to take the time to congratulate everyone on the success of the Reader. So very glad it is expanding and that it is succeeding in a world where corporate news seems to rule the day. It is a rare thing for a community to have a paper ...
  • Beware of False Candidates… Dear Editor, I want to alert everyone who will be voting on the Democratic ballot in the upcoming primary election on May 17.  There are two people who are running unopposed on the Democratic ticket that are not supported by the Democratic party. In Legislative District 1 for State Senator, Steve Tanner ...
  • Go Scarlette Quille… Hello Scarlette, It’s going to be difficult to top the “Gardetto’s” column. Your wit, sarcasm and humility were appreciated. Wonder if some shrink will steal your test and deny you fame. Sure enjoy your style! Anxious to read more of your goods. Yours, Eric Sandpoint P.S. Ever been desperate and ate the last of the sesame ...
  • Undersheriff’s Actions… Dear Editor, Regarding the article in the Daily Bee on April 14, 2016, I would ask simply that our current Sheriff Daryl Wheeler address the issue of his undersheriff in a public manner. First, all deputies are sworn to uphold the law and to protect the citizens of Bonner County. Since, your ...
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