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

  • How Do People Become Radicalized…? Dear Editor, How do people become radicalized? 1. They are seeking an identity or peer group. 2. Many are loners. 3. They are looking for something that gives their life purpose. 4. They feel a need to be noticed. 5. They feel rejected by the culture around them. 6. They feel disenfranchised (feel deprived of power, right ...
  • Give Love to Creations… Dear Editor, I am as wary as many of us to tone down the consumer impulses that strike during the holiday, but in spite of my wariness, I’d like to shine a light on a unique non-profit community gem called Creations located in the back of the Cedar Street Bridge. Many ...
  • Do you need a break…? Dear Editor, Do you know a family who has a loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease or some type of dementia or memory issue and are caring for them at home? Is the family caregiver finding it hard to both care for their loved one and also have a life outside of that? Please ...
  • Riots Not Good… Dear Editor, I’m a conservative independent. In my voting life I cannot recall independents, Libertarians, or Republicans rioting and destroying property simply because their candidate lost a presidential election. Am I wrong here? My reaction to the violent protests and riots which flared after the Trump win? Anger and disgust at the ...
  • Cartoon Character Campaign… Dear Editor, Well it’s over, kinda. I suppose this campaign will never really be over. This was truly the most disappointing presidential campaign I have ever lived through. Our choice of cartoon characters were Blonde and Donald Duck. Two power hungry, egotistical, win-at-any-cost, flip-flopping, divisive individuals who spent the last year ...
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