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

  • Jazz… Dear Editor, Jazz has had a huge influence on rock music, esp. the more adventurous rock groups. Recently I found a DVD at our library called, The Wrecking Crew: The Inside Story of Rock and Roll’s Best-Kept Secret which is about a group of LA studio musicians who backed up dozens of ...
  • Non Discrimination Resolution… Dear Editor, In the past few months, we have seen many state and local elected officials question the American tradition of providing safe harbor to refugees fleeing horrific violence and war. Governor Otter went so far as to ask the Federal government to not only block Syrian refugees but to halt ...
  • Refugee Program Works… Dear Editor, The refugee program works. Specifically our refugee program works very well. Since 9/11/2001, over a million refugees have been settled in america. Refugees are far more respectful of American laws than us locals. For America to be a savior to such a large number of people is rewarding. I don’t ...
  • Refugee Resolution… Dear Editor, Ben Olson, you continue to impress and amaze me. Ben’s recent editorial expresses “disgust” at some of the comments voiced at the recent city council meeting and calls out this line of thought for what it is: fear-mongering, xenophobic, and Islamphobic. I applaud his honest judgement on a very ...
  • Support City Resolution… Dear Editor, As I attended the Sandpoint City Council meeting last Wednesday, I was disappointed and saddened by the fear and anger exhibited by a large group of people toward a resolution proposed by the Mayor. The resolution was intended to welcome any refugees to our area and counter a resolution ...
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