Dirty Politics…

Dear Editor,

I listened to “Face to Face” on KSPT today and heard Dan McDonald tell Chris Bessler, sitting in for Bob Wynhausen, that there were dirty politics in recent campaigning in Bonner County.

I am only aware of one such incident. The “Face to Face” show on May 13 is being considered by many an appalling case of dirty politics. Dan MacDonald started out dumping on Lewis Rich. Respected Republican George Eskridge phoned in to question the ethics of this attack on Lewie as there would be no way for Lewie to respond.

Ignoring that wise advice, Dan announced a “surprise guest,” Mike Nielsen, who had an acrimonious relationship with Lewie when they were commissioners together. Bob requested that they stop calling Mr. Rich “Lyin’ Lewie” and finally walked off the show which Dan and Mike had so successfully hijacked.

Two days earlier was the final candidate forum. Dan could have bravely debated Lewie at that time, giving him the chance to reply. Dan’s cleverly planned usurping of the show appeared cowardly, bullying, and just plain nasty. I hope he matures into a responsible commissioner, as we certainly don’t need another bully on the board. Perhaps he can perform his responsibilities in such a way that his new moniker, “Dirty Dan,” doesn’t stick.

Carol Jenkins

While we have you ...

... if you appreciate that access to the news, opinion, humor, entertainment and cultural reporting in the Sandpoint Reader is freely available in our print newspaper as well as here on our website, we have a favor to ask. The Reader is locally owned and free of the large corporate, big-money influence that affects so much of the media today. We're supported entirely by our valued advertisers and readers. We're committed to continued free access to our paper and our website here with NO PAYWALL - period. But of course, it does cost money to produce the Reader. If you're a reader who appreciates the value of an independent, local news source, we hope you'll consider a voluntary contribution. You can help support the Reader for as little as $1.

You can contribute at either Paypal or Patreon.

Contribute at Patreon Contribute at Paypal

You may also like...

Close [x]

Want to support independent local journalism?

The Sandpoint Reader is our town's local, independent weekly newspaper. "Independent" means that the Reader is locally owned, in a partnership between Publisher Ben Olson and Keokee Co. Publishing, the media company owned by Chris Bessler that also publishes Sandpoint Magazine and Sandpoint Online. Sandpoint Reader LLC is a completely independent business unit; no big newspaper group or corporate conglomerate or billionaire owner dictates our editorial policy. And we want the news, opinion and lifestyle stories we report to be freely available to all interested readers - so unlike many other newspapers and media websites, we have NO PAYWALL on our website. The Reader relies wholly on the support of our valued advertisers, as well as readers who voluntarily contribute. Want to ensure that local, independent journalism survives in our town? You can help support the Reader for as little as $1.