Category: Opinion

Opinion

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 …

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

  • Wake up and Vote… Dear Editor, Wake up and vote – the Redoubters are! They are taking our community, and we won’t even know it until it’s done. They are getting on city councils, school boards, county commissions and state legislative seats. Their efforts are directed at stopping school levies, stopping wilderness and national forest ...
  • Look at the Facts… Dear Editor, Please vote yes on the upcoming replacement supplemental levy for Lake Pend Oreille School District.  Because the state does not adequately financially support our local educational process, it is necessary to come back to the voters rather regularly to request supplemental levies. Requested is $8,300,000 in 2018 and $8,700,000 in ...
  • Vote in Favor of Levy… Dear Editor, Please vote IN FAVOR of the new school levy on March 14. This two-year levy replaces the old, expiring levy. It is a bare-bones, minimal increase of approximately 2 percent on just the Lake Pend Oreille School District (LPOSD) portion of your property tax.  For a home assessed at ...
  • Don’t Stay Home, Vote… Dear Editor, As a resident of Bonner County, I am asking other voters in this county to vote in favor of the supplemental school levy increase on March 14. I am a retiree who has moved back to North Idaho after many years and always appreciate what value came to my life ...
  • Talk to Congressman… Dear Editor, Congressman Raul Labrador (R) this week co-sponsored a bill by Thomas Massie (R-Kentucky) that would eliminate the U.S. Department of Education by 2018. While the bill has been dubbed “largely symbolic,” it reflects the Congress’ new shotgun approach to legislation with the use of the Congressional Review Act; also lined ...
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