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

  • To Speaker Ryan… Dear Speaker Ryan, My name is Bob Over, and I live in Sagle, Idaho. I am deeply concerned with the direction that you, as the Speaker of the House, and the Republican Party are taking our country. Why is it that you and the Republican Party are so hesitant to stand up for ...
  • Elect Mike Boeck… Dear Editor, We are fortunate to have Mike Boeck running for state representative in District 1A. He is a common sense man of integrity who gets things done. As a fourth-generation North Idahoan, Mike has worked 40 years in the natural resource industry as both a mill manager and timberland manager. He ...
  • State of the Union… Dear Editor, The House/Senate Democrats reaction to the SOTU (State of the Union) was, in my opinion, childish. They couldn’t bring themselves to stand when POTUS celebrated our National Anthem and our flag? Personally, it angered me. But before you sufferers of Partisan Blindness Syndrome (PBS) get your knickers in a ...
  • Scientists Say…? Dear Editor, Enough, already. I find it curious that months later my LTE still evokes responses. I can’t help but get depressed after reading reader comments regarding global warming/climate change. I know that being Bonner County, a certain amount of backwardness is to be expected, if not encouraged, but please folks, ...
  • Follies… Dear Editor, A good cause demands noble means. Helping others is an American heritage, but sadly our present day countrymen have fallen for the old Jesuit fallacy that the end justifies the means. We educate our young people with tainted money from the lottery. This makes many poor so that one ...
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