Category: Opinion


Covenants can be a good thing

By James Richard Johnson
Reader Contributor

When I consider the ecological advantages to trains versus trucks carrying freight across America, I do not find myself opposing a second railroad bridge …

An American dream

By Brenda Hammond
Reader Contributor

“I have a dream … deeply rooted in the American dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning …

The year in advance

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

The year 2000 has always felt like more of a product than an age: Reality 2000, the Next Generation, or something like that. Maybe it

A history of violence

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

On Christmas Day, we woke up to find a pair of posts on our Reader Facebook page that went beyond the typical “fake news” straw …

The time machine

By Sandy Compton
Special to the Reader

I spend a lot of time on the road between Hope and Paradise. I have a home along that road. It’s the initial …

Our best foot forward

By Tim Henney
Reader Contributor

Several evenings ago my 1957 bride, our visiting and aging (58!) adult daughter, son-in-law and dog Tippy were driving home with cartons of Thai and …

How real estate shapes a community

By Raphael Barta
Reader Contributor

In a prior existence, I lived in Vancouver,  British Columbia, where I was a vice president for the ski resort development company Intrawest. At the …


  • Sandpoint’s resolve… Dear Editor, Last Wednesday I asked the council to withdraw the Resolution Affirming the City of Sandpoint’s Commitment to Human Rights and Non-Discrimination. I had proposed the resolution because I felt it was important for the City to take a symbolic stance affirming our compassion for those fleeing extreme violence and ...
  • Disappointed… Dear Editor, I was dismayed to hear that Mayor Rognstad buckled under pressure and took his proposal to welcome the Syrian refugees off of the table. “Welcome Back to the White Homeland!” I hear the voices of the dissenters in my head: “We hate everyone who is not like us. If you look different, ...
  • How would you like the world to be? Dear Editor, I dreamed about us. All of us. Under the stars, silent, deeply troubled people sat around a small fire on a very long night. Then the fire became the burning heart of Earth and around it the firelit face of every human soul. The world’s pain upon us, the ...
  • The Harm in Fear… Dear Editor, Recently, concerned parents shut down a Virginia school when a teacher tried to introduce students to Islam. Similarly, Linda Dunn, in her editorial, does not want Islam “even talked about” in our schools. Muslims inhabit twenty-two percent of earth. If we let fear rule, and refuse to know and understand ...
  • Blanket Statement… Dear Editor, In response to a letter from last week, some Christians may wish to reconsider their blanket statements condemning “these people”, presumably Muslim refugees. Most U.S. terrorist attacks have been perpetrated by Christians: Wade Michael Page murdered six; Jim David Adkisson shot nine, killing two; Eric Rudolph used guns and ...
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