Category: Opinion

Opinion

River daze

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

Every once in a while, as life stacks up a bit too high, the river calls. I dream of long days in the canoe, drifting …

The wedding singer

By Ben Olson
Reader Staff

I’ve played music at some interesting places in the dozen years I’ve been in a band. Once I played atop the freezers in Winter Ridge, …

On restaurant work

By Lyndsie Kiebert-Carey
Reader Staff

I’ve found no greater sense of kinship in this world than while sitting at a restaurant bar on a Saturday night in summer, surrounded by …

Emboldened haters not welcome

By Nishelle Gonzales
Reader Contributor

Owning a handyman and contracting company has been a great way to interact and learn about our diverse local community. We get to assist everyone …

An ‘ungracious’ prayer

By Zach Hagadone
Reader Staff

Any halfway diligent reader of the Reader since December 2004 is familiar with my coverage of city decisions, trends and politics. They may also have …

Letters

  • Vote for Kunzeman… Dear Editor, If you are a registered Republican, or an independent/unaffiliated voter, please vote for Carol Kunzeman for Bonner County Commissioner in the Republican Primary Election May 15. Kunzeman served as Ponderay’s mayor for eight years and for five years as a member of the council. During that time, Kunzeman demonstrated what ...
  • Close the Gap… Dear Editor, The 2018 Idaho legislative session is about to end, and for the sixth year our legislators have refused to address our mounting health care costs and the health care of Idaho’s most needy citizens, those in the Medicaid gap. What does this mean to the Idaho citizens and taxpayers? There ...
  • 2nd Amendment Regulations… Dear Editor, As a Marine vet with multiple carry permits I go everywhere armed. That said, I would like to see much tougher gun laws. To wit: Universal background checks for every transfer of a weapon from one party to another of any kind anytime that include all local, state and federal ...
  • Name calling won’t accomplish much… Dear Editor, Marty Stitsel’s letter of 22 March re: the NRA. In last week’s letters to the editor column, Marty Stitsel accused the NRA (National Rifle Association) of being the worst terrorist organization in the world. Marty associated the organization with the likes of ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Taliban. I don’t ...
  • Error in Statistics… Dear Editor, I apologize for my letter to the editor on March 22. In that letter I stated 80 million people are members of the NRA. I was wrong. There is an estimated 80 million people that own guns. The NRA claims about 5 million members. However, the NRA is very ...
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