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

  • Kudos to Kramer… Dear Editor, I have a few “Bouquets and barbs” to Bonners Ferry! Thank you to the voters in Boundary County for primarily electing Dave Kramer as Sherrif! Mr. Kramer helped me personally at a time when I was having trouble. He is a very kind and strong person and we will be ...
  • Dubious Election… Dear Editor, The approval rating of Hillary Clinton is 42%, and Donald Trump is at 29%. That means that if the election was held today and it was between Hillary, Trump, and none of the above, the latter would win. In fact, I think many would write in “please God please,” ...
  • Dirty Politics… Dear Editor, I listened to “Face to Face” on KSPT today and heard Dan McDonald tell Chris Bessler, sitting in for Bob Wynhausen, that there were dirty politics in recent campaigning in Bonner County. I am only aware of one such incident. The “Face to Face” show on May 13 is being ...
  • Inexperience not a good thing… Dear Editor, Those angry citizens who favor “outsiders,” such as Donald Trump, and think political experience is a negative are wrong. Electing inexperienced candidates, such as tea party and other “no compromise at any cost” people is why Congress can’t get anything done. Our best presidents and elected representatives are those with ...
  • Potty crisis in a teapot… Dear Sandpoint, Sometimes our deepest feelings can be stirred in ways that can leave us all but blind. Thanks to Scarlette for settling the dust so we may see a little more clearly. As the father of two beautiful daughters, I take seriously Ted Cruz’s challenge of bathroom safety. Bamboo splints driven ...
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