Category: Opinion

Opinion

Laying down the law?

By Brenda Hammond
Reader Contributor

Do you know what a “constitutional sheriff” is? And do you know if we have one? It’s important to go back a bit in order …

Punching the keys

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

My dad kept a small office upstairs in an alcove outside my childhood room in Westmond. From his ornate roll-top desk, dad would type correspondence …

Fighting words

By Idaho House and Senate Democrats
Special to the Reader

Republican politicians have had supermajority control of the Legislature and every statewide office for decades. Under their governance, Idaho has …

Is this the land of the free?

By Jenna Bowers
Reader Contributor

I am uniquely positioned to write this piece. I am a native of Sandpoint. I have deep roots and a strong connection to the people …

Letters

  • Killing Fields… Dear Editor, Referring to Nick Gier’s commentary about Cambodia’s “Killing Fields” (May 4, 2017), I add my own story. I was in Vietnam in 1966. As I landed in Bangkok for R&R, I was holding the military newspaper, Stars and Stripes. The headline quoted President Johnson that the United States was not ...
  • Thank You Justin Henney… Dear Editor, Thank you Justin Henney for your sensitive and inspiring story: “Maintaining the Balance.” You should be writing books! Evie Leucht Sandpoint
  • Health Care… Dear Editor, The Republican health care plan was hurried through the House of Representatives without consulting voters. Before the Senate rushes it through, let us look at the winners and losers in this plan. These numbers come from the Congressional Budget Office, CBO. The winners are rich people and corporations who won ...
  • To Bonner County Voters… To Lake Pend Oreille School District voters, On May 16 the Lake Pend Oreille School District will hold an election for new trustees. Normally this would be a small, inconsequential election that not many voters notice. However, this year it has a much more serious bent. For the last 10 or ...
  • Enough is Enough… Dear Editor, Ben, Ben, Ben... I just can’t take it anymore!, almost every week you or one of your contributing writers like Nick Gier ridicule and chastise President Trump. Enough is enough! Get over that your girl lost and give the president a chance. In regard to your last weeks’ Barbs about ...
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