Category: Opinion

Opinion

How real estate shapes a community

By Raphael Barta
Reader Contributor

In a prior existence, I lived in Vancouver,  British Columbia, where I was a vice president for the ski resort development company Intrawest. At the …

Our turn: Together we can do better

By Mark Sauter
Reader Contributor

Last month the Bonner County Fire Chiefs Association (BCFCA) held three public forums. The BCFCA pointed out, in multiple, evidence-based ways, how Emergency Medical Services …

Engage Sandpoint: A missed opportunity

By David Phillips
Reader Contributor

Projects fail for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes the expectations are set too high; sometimes the allocated time or resources are insufficient; sometimes the tools …

City waterfront giveaway

By Kody Van Dyk
Special to the Reader

The city of Sandpoint draft Parks Master Plan identifies disposing of city-owned green space located east of the Edgewater Best Western Hotel. …

The Baloney Detective

By Tim Bearly
Reader Contributor

Images of an Orwellian dystopia are often evoked when we hear the term “big government.” The mere uttering of the phrase can function as a …

Touched by the change

By Robin Lantrip
Reader Contributor

It started with a brisk chill in the morning air. The meadow began dressing in longer birch and fir shadows. The evening scent held a …

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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