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Updated 1 week, 2 days ago

Progress on master planning efforts updated

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, city business, along with the rest of the economy, had slowed down consid...

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
Vote with your dollars and buy local produce

In response to Craig Royer’s letter on May 15 regarding labeling the country of origin on food products, why not skip all the dirty politics and dubious origins by simply voting with your dollars right here at ho...

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Economic rebound hinges on the safety, confidence of consumers and employees

As more and more businesses are opening their doors, many Idahoans have been eager to get out of the house and get back to work.

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
An idea on how to jump-start a restaurant

I was a journalist for some years while I lived in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, in the 1970s and ’80s before moving to Sandpoint, Idaho, in 1991. A few people referred to me as “Scoop,” (with no small tone of sar...

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
The truth is true regardless of who speaks it

In his letter of April 12 Jack DeBaun demonstrates a clear lack of discernment and understanding, failing to grasp the nuance of my previous letters. In the style of fake news journalists like CNN’s Jim Acosta he...

Updated 1 week, 6 days ago
We are the gatekeepers of democracy, freedom

Want to know how and why a man like Hitler could mesmerize Germans and march the country to ruin in only a dozen years? German-born American historian Fritz Stern died this month, at the age of 90. His profession...

Updated 1 week, 6 days ago
A perfect storm of common crises facing us

The freak windstorm, beginning Friday, March 13, was one of the most severe that this lifelong North Idaho resident has ever experienced. While paling in comparison to the personal hardships caused by the storm (...

Updated 1 week, 6 days ago
On Memorial Day, remember those who died serving country

On Memorial Day weekend, let us think about the soldiers and families who have sacrificed their lives and loved ones, and given their time and dedication to our country. This is an excerpt from Janine Turner’s es...

Updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Socialism isn’t the vision we want for America

I want to add to Maureen Paterson’s recent socialism letter. People who think socialism just means free food, free education, and free medical care have not read the fine print.

Updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Article showed a complete lack of respect for VA police officers

On April 22, 2020 1:00, an article was written by Ralph Bartholdt, titled VA officer jailed on battery, assault charges.

Updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Join together as one to honor, remember our war dead

As I was growing up in the years following America’s victory in the Second World War, I remember being so proud of the country and those who had served and g...

Updated 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Don Carter’s presence at the city will be missed by all

With Don Carter’s retirement the city has lost a built in history of Sandpoint. His many years of city service has come to a well-deserved end.

Updated 2 weeks, 4 days ago
If the courts won’t enforce the law, why have it?

On March 4, in the courtroom of Judge Barbara Buchanan, I witnessed what qualifies as a sham hearing.

Updated 2 weeks, 4 days ago
An open letter to Idaho’s school districts from concerned educators

On behalf of students and educators in our districts, we call on district officials to approve budgets that will ensure stable, supportive, safe, and healthy schools for our students.

Updated 2 weeks, 6 days ago
Gooby’s good humor is a true delight to read

Regarding Pat Gooby, it’s good to have some good humor, Pat. I was wondering if you have any thoughts on the old two-holer and the Seats and Roebuck catalog. I am sure you have a story. Keep us smiling.