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

  • Truth? Dear Editor, I would suggest that Susan Drinkard does some research before spouting off about what is the real truth regarding the movie “Truth.” If she does her research, she will find out that this movie is more fiction than fact and is another attempt to re-write history in an attempt to ...
  • Reagan Vindicated… Dear Editor, It is amusing that Professor Gier begins his rant about lying Republicans with a whopper of his own discredited over thirty years ago. (“The Republican Reign of Error,” February 11, 2016.) With “pants on fire,” the bumbling Reagan, says Gier, “ignorantly claimed” in a 1982 news conference that submarine-launched nuclear ...
  • Kudos… Dear Editor, Kudos to Ben Olson on his most recent editorial on the City of Sandpoint dropping the resolution affirming human rights, inclusion, and non-discrimination. The editorial was on point and eloquently stated. Congratulations are also in order to the Sandpoint Reader on their one-year anniversary. The Reader is an outstanding ...
  • City resolution… Dear Editor, As disappointed as I was with the outcome of the Refugee Resolution I want to thank Mayor Rognstad for his leadership and maturity on the issue. During an extremely difficult time, he was able to see and feel the wedge driven into the heart of Sandpoint community and the divisive ...
  • Immigration… Dear Editor, Consider the Muslim refugee situation in Scandinavia and Europe, remove the blinders, and contemplate reality. Frankly, I’ve had enough of the blinkered, politically correct world of tolerance, diversity, multiculturalism, sensitivity training, compassion, and other feel-good edicts of such importance to the obsessively offended warm and fuzzy crowd. Where is it written ...
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