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

  • No to Refugees… Dear Editor, I am not writing because I am a mean person, but anyone who watches what these people are doing to other countries have a very good right to be very concerned. I have grandchildren in day care in Sandpoint, we are Christians and do not believe in their religion ...
  • The Descent of the Republican Party… Dear Editor, As we head into the presidential elections, a useful and insightful book to read about presidential character is a “Team of Rivals” by well-respected historian, Doris Kearns Goodwin.  This acclaimed book is a detailed study about Abraham Lincoln and his cabinet.  In her introduction, Lincoln had the admirable qualities ...
  • Reader Milestone… Dear editor Congratulations  on your 1st year anniversary publishing  the Reader! Keep up the good work! “I can see a lot of light in you.” I’m glad I can help  deliver  to Bonners Ferry. Happy new year to you both  and to all the other writers at the Reader! A big shout to Candy, Julie, ...
  • Thanks to Nick Gier… Dear Editor, Thank you for the conscientious research of Nick Gier. He inspires compassion for the world. Jodi Rawson Sandpoint
  • Say No to Oil Trains… Dear Editor, Living in Sandpoint, I am no stranger to freight trains.  Like many of you, I can hear the rumble of an approaching train at any hour of the day or night, and my windowpanes rattle as one passes.  Trains in Sandpoint seem to be a fact of life – ...
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