Category: Opinion

Opinion

Taking a shot — Part 1

By Marjolein Groot Nibbelink
Reader Contributor

More than 97 guns are owned per 100 people in the United States. Serbia is second, with 58 per 100, and Yemen third with …

Happy [bleep] year

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

I received a breaking news alert on my phone on Feb. 2, 2020, announcing the fact that the day’s palindromic date (02/02/2020) is the only …

I want my America back

By James Richard Johnson
Special to the Reader

I want my America back! I grew up in the Midwest in the 1950s and want back the America that stood for …

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 …

Letters

  • Shelby for Mayor… Dear Editor, Vote for Shelby Rognstad in the Sandpoint Mayor’s election on November 3rd. Shelby wants to bring clean, high-tech firms here that provide good-paying jobs. He drafted a zoning plan that keeps Sandpoint affordable, with no sprawl, and is environmentally sensitive. He created an herbicide-free, hand-pulling program to rid our lake of invasive ...
  • We get what we pay for… Dear Editor, Regarding Heather Scott and her confederate flag, either she is very unaware of the meaning of that flag or she is very racist. Yes she can claim that her actions are a freedom of speech issue. Obviously she is is ignorant of the fact that the  confederate flag is ...
  • Tea Party politicians shouldn’t butt in… Last week I heard on our local talk radio (KSPT 1400) an announcement or what sounded like an advertisement given by one of our local political leaders (Christian Fioravanti) that he and our other tea party official, Heather Scott, as well as our elected sheriff Daryl Wheeler, bragging about how ...
  • Avista rate increase unfounded… Dear Idaho Public Utilities Commissioners: I have a problem with Avista’s requested increases in the monthly electric basic charge from $5.25 to $8.50 and the monthly natural gas basic charge from $4.25 to $8.00.  These increases are 62% and 88%, respectively. First of all, I understand the need to increase rates.  Avista’s ...
  • The world gone crazy… Dear Editor, With all the violence going on by both citizens and the authorities, it seems the world has gone crazy. What could be causing this? One of the most obvious reasons is there is just too many people in the world. Another obvious reason is religion. There are some other possible ...
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