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

  • Follies Article… Dear Editor, The events mentioned in an article written by Mr. Henney in the Easter publication of the Reader about myself were totally fabricated without my permission and have no basis in fact. I find his unsolicited use of my name and the content offensive. I neither cross-dress or use my ...
  • College Athletes Need to Support Themselves… Dear Editor, I don’t agree with most of what contributor Nick Gier proposes or believes, but I do agree with him regarding UI athletics. The general budget should not be supporting athletic teams. These athletes (all of them) need to live on a budget like everyone else. They should base their expenditures ...
  • Vietnam Vets Articles… Dear Editor, Thank you, Ben Olson, for the excellent interviews with local Vietnam veterans. This is Pulitzer Prize- worthy journalism. I also would like to thank the interviewees for telling their personal stories frankly, honestly, and no doubt reluctantly at times. I was captivated by these stories because I’m the same age ...
  • Two Things… Dear Editor, 1. We have become a nation of wussies. We have replaced fear of our shadows with fear of immigrants. We have become such a nation of cowards that we run around like Chicken Little screaming “the immigrants are coming, the immigrants are coming” led by the example of our ...
  • A Lot of Good Going on in Schools… Dear Editor, I am the principal at Washington Elementary School. I have a long history with this school district as many do—started in the first grade at Washington Elementary School in 1959 and graduated from SHS in 1971. I have worked in this district twice during my career starting in the ...
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