Category: Opinion

Opinion

The Plastic Challenge

By Gabrielle Duebendorfer
Reader Contributor

I started writing this article in January on a gorgeous beach. I was inspired by the universal paradox of beauty and ugliness; summer and winter; …

Earth Day at 50

By Phil Hough
Reader Contributor

A new, or novel, virus has paused our normal activities with other people. Group events and gatherings are on hold for now. Stay-at-home work feels …

Misery loves company

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

I would have attended the “Disobey Idaho” protest, which saw Idahoans by the hundreds — maybe more than a thousand — gather April 17 in …

‘Welcome to socialism, America’

By Jason Welker
Reader Contributor

With the passage of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, signed into law by President Trump on March 27, the United States …

‘We can coexist peacefully’

By Jane Fritz
Reader Contributor

We are living in a time of uncertainty. And so are wildlife. Consider the Canada geese at Sandpoint City Beach Park whose future is dire.…

Letters

  • Schools Deserve Support… Dear Editor, I am really weary of Dan and Kathy Rose alleging our school administrators are committing fraud by asking the voters to approve a school levy. The bottom line is that schools cost money to operate, and the state of Idaho does not adequately fund our schools. Do we want ...
  • Take Scotchman’s Off the Auction Block…… Dear Editor, Now that a Scotchman Peaks Wilderness Bill has been introduced in Congress, the question is raised again, “How will this affect our community?”  Studies have reliably shown an economic benefit to communities located near designated wilderness.  Does this mean large numbers of tourists from all over the world will ...
  • Support the Environment… Dear Editor, I indubitably support public lands. I indubitably support wilderness. I indubitably support Greenprint. I indubitably support the Scotchman Peaks Wilderness. I grew up in Texas where there is no public land to speak of and developers have cart blanche to make a piecemeal out of the environment, and I tell ...
  • For Our Children… Dear Editor, I am the parent of a kindergarten student at Northside Elementary. In five years my youngest will also be there and I will have two kids in the Lake Pend Oreille school district. I am very committed to doing all I can to help my children and their schools ...
  • Schools Need Our Support… Dear Editor, My ability to write this letter and thoughtfully read this paper is due, in large part, to the efforts of public school teachers. Not able to afford private schools, I am a public school graduate. I imagine most adults my age (retired, fixed income) have had jobs and careers ...
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