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

  • Vote for Kunzeman… Dear Editor, If you are a registered Republican, or an independent/unaffiliated voter, please vote for Carol Kunzeman for Bonner County Commissioner in the Republican Primary Election May 15. Kunzeman served as Ponderay’s mayor for eight years and for five years as a member of the council. During that time, Kunzeman demonstrated what ...
  • Close the Gap… Dear Editor, The 2018 Idaho legislative session is about to end, and for the sixth year our legislators have refused to address our mounting health care costs and the health care of Idaho’s most needy citizens, those in the Medicaid gap. What does this mean to the Idaho citizens and taxpayers? There ...
  • 2nd Amendment Regulations… Dear Editor, As a Marine vet with multiple carry permits I go everywhere armed. That said, I would like to see much tougher gun laws. To wit: Universal background checks for every transfer of a weapon from one party to another of any kind anytime that include all local, state and federal ...
  • Name calling won’t accomplish much… Dear Editor, Marty Stitsel’s letter of 22 March re: the NRA. In last week’s letters to the editor column, Marty Stitsel accused the NRA (National Rifle Association) of being the worst terrorist organization in the world. Marty associated the organization with the likes of ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Taliban. I don’t ...
  • Error in Statistics… Dear Editor, I apologize for my letter to the editor on March 22. In that letter I stated 80 million people are members of the NRA. I was wrong. There is an estimated 80 million people that own guns. The NRA claims about 5 million members. However, the NRA is very ...
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