Category: Opinion

Opinion

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 …

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 …

Letters

  • Hooray for a Vibrant Community… Dear Editor, Good god! Did you see all the fantastic events, charities, and educational opportunities going on in our community in last week’s Reader? The Bonner County History Museum’s latest exhibit, a CNC router course at MakerPoint, a walking fundraiser for the homeless, Poem in Your Pocket Day (April 26), an Origami ...
  • Vote for McDonald… Dear Editor, I have been an active attendee of the Bonner County Commissioners’ weekly meetings for six years. I have been very impressed with what Commissioner Dan McDonald has accomplished during his first term. In 2016 Dan campaigned on responsible, business-oriented management of the county’s budget and assets and bringing a ...
  • McDonald Deserves 2nd Term… Dear Editor, Rarely does an elected official step into office and keep their campaign promises. Dan McDonald is such an official. In 2016, Dan ran on efficiency and cost-cutting. And not only has he kept those promises, he’s gone above and beyond. Unlike his opponent, whose prior stint as Ponderay mayor admittedly increased ...
  • County’s ‘Amnesty’ Plan May Cause Unpleasant Surpr… Dear Editor, Unpleasant surprises may face many Bonner County landowners. The County is considering undermining 27 years of countywide zoning by allowing illegally created parcels created Nov. 18, 2008, to be lawful through “amnesty.” This waives 27 years of zoning standards, like lot size minimums, and 13 years of subdivision standards, like ...
  • Vote Them Out… Dear Editor, High school students leading marches in the streets demanding gun reform have captured our nation’s headlines recently. They remind us that while adults have failed to stop school shootings, perhaps this new generation can — and that the right to live is more important than the right to own ...
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