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

  • Why Does Idaho Pay For Healthcare Twice…? Dear Editor, Idahoans pay federal taxes that go to other states to help fund their Medicaid expansion programs. Then we pay taxes a second time to fund a program called CHCP. According to the Idaho Press Tribune, “Last year, the Idaho Legislature approved a request for $18 million for the Catastrophic ...
  • Me Too… Dear Editor, What was so shocking about my own “me too” story is that I thought I was unique. I was a badass tomboy, hardly victim material, so I thought I was immune to rape. I was a student firefighter living in a fire station at the time. When one of the ...
  • Get a Life… Dear Editor, Local gadfly Daniel R. has mounted his paranoid, conspiracy-seeking hobbyhorse again, this time accusing local notables of being socialists/communists. Apparently afraid of libel, he even declined to fully name Mindy Cameron, Jane Fritz, Bob Wynhausen, Chris Bessler and Dylan Benefield.  I could spend a good portion of my morning extolling ...
  • Regarding Oprah Winfrey for President… Dear Editor, Ben, I am writing with regard to your “Barb” last week in the Reader.  First, let me make myself clear. I am NOT advocating Oprah run for President of the United States. However, I believe you need to think this through before making such a strong statement against her ...
  • County is Misleading about Scotchman Vote… Dear Editor, I listened to the Jan. 10 KRFY morning program, during which they hosted county commissioner Dan McDonald. The bulk of the discussion was about the Bonner County Natural Resource Plan, to which I listened with interest, but when the discussion moved to the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, I was ...
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