Wednesday, June 07, 2023

Guest Op-Eds

From time to time the Coeur d'Alene Press publishes guest opinions as op-eds (opposite the editorial page) in the print edition. These guest op-eds are accepted for consideration from business, government or community organization leaders, current or former elected officials, and Idaho syndicated and Kootenai County local opinion writers we have agreements with. For consideration, submit to

Updated 16 hours, 46 minutes ago

OPINION: A letter of thanks

As another school year winds down, we reflect on the tremendous growth and progress our students, teachers, and ...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
OPINION: Don't listen to misinformation about Cd'A school levy

There’s a Greek proverb that says: “A society grows great when old men plant trees in whose shade they will never sit.”

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
OPINION: KCRCC requires Nevada astroturf to fight Idaho’s grassroots

People are surprised to learn Idaho candidates and the Kootenai County Republican Central Committee use an out-of-state political strategist to attack other ...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
OPINION: National ideas and local politics

I don’t have any brilliant suggestions for solving gun violence in America, but I do have some observations about the issue and how this issue and many others fuel the rise of the extreme wings of both parties, i...

Updated 1 month, 1 week ago
OPINION: Bringing facts to the levy discussion

Last month the Coeur d'Alene School District proposed a $25 million perpetual supplemental levy and a $5 million school plant facility levy. Both levy reques...

Updated 1 month, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: Rotary is nonpolitical, nonreligious with no secret objectives

Some local political activists have made repeated attacks against members of our local Rotary clubs. They assert Rotarians are some sort of cabal with secretive and suspicious intentions. These assertions are bla...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
OPINION: Idaho at the epicenter of American Redoubt, white Christian nationalism movement

It’s not often I read a book about our challenging times and find Idaho prominently featured, but that’s how things turned out when I read “Preparing for War...

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
OPINION: Don’t be a useful idiot

When any political supporters blindly follow the lead of the authoritarians in charge, and don’t question or understand the reasons, yet still carry out thei...

Updated 2 months ago
OPINION: Survey results on doctors leaving the state due to abortion laws

Not six months after Roe v. Wade was overruled, and only a few weeks after Idaho’s abortion laws became effective, I was scheduled to teach a course entitled...

Updated 2 months ago
OPINION: Idaho needs a major reset on education choice conversation

The 2023 Idaho legislative session is ready to adjourn with barely any movement on advancing education choice options for families.

Updated 2 months ago
OPINION: IFF files, Part 8: Donations and conversations

Idaho Freedom Foundation’s board member, Heather Lauer, tried to twist the truth and misstate my intentions. She wrote a quick response to my column last wee...

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
OPINION: PUPF CEO responds to Souza

Mary Souza inadvertently made a strong case in her latest column for why nonprofit donor privacy is an essential First Amendment right to defend.

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
OPINION: IFF files, Part 7: Don’t take our sunshine away

There’s a bold new strategy in Idaho politics: Avoid reporting donations. Idaho’s new People United for Privacy Foundation (PUFPF) wants increased privacy fo...

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: IFF files, Part 6: Why are they hiding?

I’d like to start this column with an apology. I’ve been referring to IFF/KCRCC and their associated groups as Libertarians, and that’s not fair to real Libe...

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: Students: Without support our schools fail

To the Readers of the Coeur d’Alene Press… Education is often hailed as the great equalizer, providing people with the tools they need to succeed in their personal and professional lives. However, the recent fail...

Updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: Proposal for advisory vote on 'private schools' won’t provide good data

The legislature exists to make the best policies for sometimes complex issues while representing the will of the people. This is why detailed bills go throug...