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

  • The Commissioner We Need… Dear Editor, Bonner County needs the right county commissioner. Steve Lockwood has observed what is going wrong, he cares and he has the know how and experience to help address our needs and set it right.  We need our property value protected by appropriate zoning to prevent unwanted and destructive uses next door. ...
  • Witches Got a Bad Rap… Dear Editor, The political cartoon by Bill Borders in last week’s issue did elicit a chuckle from me, and as I gave it ground in my mind’s eye to see the house falling, the socked feet curling and all of Munchkin Land rejoicing, my chuckle grew to a hearty laugh. A few ...
  • True Colors… Dear Editor, Greetings. I am confused by the colors assigned to the major parties in the elections: blue for Democrats and red for Republicans. I have always thought the Democrats were the Reds, the Commie sympathizers. How did this get turned around? But wait. Maybe the colors are prescient of the future. After all, we have ...
  • County Road Work… Dear Editor, A question of how the county decides which roads are improved has recently been raised. Road improvements by Bonner County need to be based on objective, consistent criteria. Those criteria, understood by all, should include traffic counts, current road condition, school bus routes, safety, and connectivity in the system.  If ...
  • Lockwood for Bonner Co. Commissioner… Dear Editor, There is a long-time friend of the community, who will work for ALL county residents and will bring a breath of fresh air to our County Commission. His name is Steve Lockwood. Some highlights:  Steve is a strong advocate for public education and has served on the Lake Pend Oreille School ...
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