Category: Opinion

Opinion

Two years of COVID

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

Two years ago on this day I was out of a job — and, for the first time in my job-hopping life, it was involuntary. …

I stand with librarians

By Lyndsie Kiebert-Carey
Reader Staff

A few weeks ago, in preparing for my turn to formulate an article for the Reader’s “Back of the Book” section, I thought of our …

Cold comfort

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

For the past couple of days, since our big cold snap, Reader Publisher Ben Olson and I have been sitting in the newsroom with two …

Letters

  • Most Important Job…? Dear Editor, What is the most important job in this country/world? It is not the doctors. It is not lawyers. It is not press reporters. It is not firefighters. It is not cooks. It is not police officers. It is not preachers/pastors. It is not presidents. It is not the nanny. It is not generals. It is not truck drivers. It is not ...
  • Join the Conversation… Dear Reader, We, the individuals listed below are a group of concerned Sandpoint residents of various political persuasions who gather weekly to discuss current events and share our viewpoints. The group’s participant specialties include sociology, business, medicine, law, engineering, education and science. Several members have had valued experience in local government. With ...
  • Focus on the Good Stuff… Dear Mr. Olson, I realize the world is going to hell in a hand basket thanks to our Donkey-Cavity-in-Chief and Congress (and I was a Republican until last year), and I realize the streets in Sandpoint are only going to get worse, but I also have another pet peeve that is ...
  • Dogs and Restaurants… Dear Editor, With warm weather coming and the prospect of walking downtown with your furry friends, I am writing to remind both the restaurants allowing animals into their establishments, as well as the pet owners who think they can take their pets into a restaurant that it is not allowed. Along ...
  • Irony of Advertising… Dear Ben, For three years I’ve been aware of BNSF plans to build a second train bridge across our lake. As a marketer working in publishing, it is very apparent to me how BNSF is trying to shape the local people’s sentiment toward their organization as well as these plans that ...
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