Category: Opinion

Opinion

Idaho’s three-party system

By Rep. Steve Berch, D-Boise
Reader Contributor

People told me something I’ve never heard before as I was knocking on doors last year: “Stop the crazy!” Voters are concerned about …

U.S. 2 through Sandpoint

By Kody Van Dyk
Special to the Reader

Fifth Avenue, parts of Pine Street and the Dover Highway from Boyer Avenue to the western city limits are part of U.S. …

Designing for people, not cars

By Reid Weber
Reader Contributor

The city of Sandpoint adopted a “multimodal transportation plan” in 2021, which illustrates general goals, layered maps, objectives and concept drawings of new intersections. It …

On buzzer beaters

By Lyndsie Kiebert-Carey
Reader Staff

It was like the climax of a sports movie, only less probable.

I was volunteering to help coach a girls’ junior high basketball game when …

Reimagining modern nursing care

By Patty Hutchens
Reader Contributor

As a registered nurse, Sandpoint native Kelli Hansen has cared for countless people her entire career, and done so with deep compassion and a love …

Letters

  • Pressing Issues… Dear Editor, Thank you Reader and Lyndsie Kiebert for the series profiling candidates running in the May 15 primary election. I can learn about the candidates on their own websites, but I feel that the media is my best source for objective information in deciding how to cast my vote. In the ...
  • Medicaid Expansion… Dear Editor, When the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, some 24 million Americans were able to obtain health insurance who previously had none.  As part of this act, states were offered the chance to expand Medicaid for its poorest citizens, with the federal government picking up the tab. Gov. ...
  • Leave Room For Recreation… Dear Editor, Sandpoint has an attractive downtown. There are already many coffee houses, shops and restaurants. Last week I reviewed the scenarios for the University of Idaho property on Boyer Avenue and was disturbed by the photos of coffee shops, “salons,” and plazas. Why sprawl out into a rural area with ...
  • To Commissioners… Dear Editor, In response to Commissioner McDonald and Director Ollerton: It’s time I and the citizens of Bonner County exercise our First Amendment rights. I have been trying for two years to urge these two public servants and the prosecuting attorney to “do their job,” which is: “to protect and stabilize land values,” ...
  • Silicon Smelter… Dear Editor, I am writing with my concerns about both the exploratory drilling proposed on national forest land on Green Mountain by Pend Oreille Silica Inc. and the plans of HiTest Sands Inc. to build a silica smelter near Newport. In regard to the exploratory drilling I understand that they are proposing ...
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