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

  • Pressing Issues… Dear Editor, Thank you Reader and Lyndsie Kiebert for the series profiling candidates running in the May 15 primary election. I can learn about the candidates on their own websites, but I feel that the media is my best source for objective information in deciding how to cast my vote. In the ...
  • Medicaid Expansion… Dear Editor, When the Affordable Care Act was passed by Congress, some 24 million Americans were able to obtain health insurance who previously had none.  As part of this act, states were offered the chance to expand Medicaid for its poorest citizens, with the federal government picking up the tab. Gov. ...
  • Leave Room For Recreation… Dear Editor, Sandpoint has an attractive downtown. There are already many coffee houses, shops and restaurants. Last week I reviewed the scenarios for the University of Idaho property on Boyer Avenue and was disturbed by the photos of coffee shops, “salons,” and plazas. Why sprawl out into a rural area with ...
  • To Commissioners… Dear Editor, In response to Commissioner McDonald and Director Ollerton: It’s time I and the citizens of Bonner County exercise our First Amendment rights. I have been trying for two years to urge these two public servants and the prosecuting attorney to “do their job,” which is: “to protect and stabilize land values,” ...
  • Silicon Smelter… Dear Editor, I am writing with my concerns about both the exploratory drilling proposed on national forest land on Green Mountain by Pend Oreille Silica Inc. and the plans of HiTest Sands Inc. to build a silica smelter near Newport. In regard to the exploratory drilling I understand that they are proposing ...
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