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

  • County Hearing… Dear Editor, How far will Bonner County Commissioner Todd Sudick go to subdivide his waterfront property? Let's follow the sequence. About six months ago the County Commissioners fired their two senior planners. Then they took the P&Z Commission out of changes to the planning laws, and did away with public hearings, ...
  • Never Again… Dear Editor, I enjoyed Ben 's love letter to the country and related to the blessing of being able to speak up about injustice. Because I am American I do not fear when I write the following: It is disturbing that our locals are ignorant of Jeanetta. People react to the gruesome ...
  • Kudos Alexandra… Dear Editor, We want to tell Alexandra Blackwood how much we liked her writing. Poetic like a song! We all feel like Alexandra sometimes. We are sending her hugs and kisses. Life can be sad and being creative makes us happy. It's biological! During time alone we invite the angels and our ...
  • Do the Right Thing… Dear Editor, I am asking the Reader to do the right thing by retracting the vile insinuation Ben made that implies I am a Holocaust denier. I have never been and never will be a Holocaust denier. If you print a retraction I will put this behind us. Lee Santa Sandpoint
  • Note to Scarlette… Dear Editor, This message is in response to the last article posted by Scarlette Quille of Single in Sandpoint. Scarlette, your initial thoughts on transgender bathroom use intrigued me. There were some great arguments that helped me ground my own beliefs around the subject matter. A few that stood out to me: Since ...
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