Category: Opinion

Opinion

Love is a Dog From Hell

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

The headline of this article comes from a book by poet and author Charles Bukowski, who lived a bitter, drunken existence periodically punctuated by moments …

Politicizing education

By Rep. Steve Berch, D-Boise
Special to the Reader

The House Education Committee voted recently to reject and remove every word of Idaho’s education standards in math, English and science …

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 …

Letters

  • Weapons Flyer in Bad Taste… Dear Editor, On February 28th I received a flyer from North40 in my mailbox and noticed they advertised a sale on two assault weapons (AR-556 and AR-15). I like the store but at this point in time, just two weeks after 17 people were killed with these types of killing weapons ...
  • How Did We Get Here… Dear Editor, Terrorism is an egregious act designed to instill fear in people so deep and so entrenched in our psyches that the results are paralytic. PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) is the result. School shootings are one form of terrorism. In today’s world none of us is immune to this process. ...
  • Sound Money Bill… Dear Editor, Regarding the February 22 Reader article, “Idaho Senate committee kills popular sound money bill;” at the beginning of the article you identify the writer as JP Cortez, but at the end of the article he is identified as JP Morgan.  I find this somewhat ironic, as it was J.P. ...
  • Medicaid Expansion… Dear Editor, Idaho has not accepted Medicaid expansion and the federal dollars that go along with it. Why? Consider these facts: •288,426 - The number of people covered by Medicaid and CHIP as of June 20, 2016 •150,000 - The number of additional people who would be covered if we accepted the expansion •54,000 ...
  • School Shooting… Dear Editor, When the father of a slain student from the Florida high school where 17 students were murdered rose at a CNN town hall meeting, he confronted Sen. Marco Rubio saying: “What you and our president did today was pathetic,” meaning they had done nothing to stop such shootings at ...
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