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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 mdolan@cdapress.com.

Updated 1 day, 7 hours ago

OPINION: GOP should uphold electoral process integrity

People want May primary, not March caucus

Updated 5 months ago
OPINION: KCRCC’s 'vetting' scam

Yes, I’m back at it after a wonderful summer of family celebrations and travel. It has been great to ignore the political angst and focus on what is truly impo…

Updated 5 months ago
OPINION: Be wary of confrontational politics

Discussing politics with friends often elicits a common refrain: "It's so ugly! I hate politics! It doesn't even matter if I vote. Yuck." Unfortunately, th…

Updated 5 months ago
OPINION: Welcome, but don't try to change us

This is an open letter to those of you who have arrived in Idaho since 2019. Welcome. You have arrived in a sanctuary state, not like the sanctuary cities from which you escaped that were sanctuaries for illegal im…

Updated 5 months ago
OPINION: Leave no voter behind

According to the VA, there are nearly 128,000 military veterans in Idaho. We represent 9% of Idaho’s adult population, which is one of the highest rates in the US. Some Idaho vets come from families that have been …

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
OPINION: Navigating Idaho Medicaid

Most Republican lawmakers in the Idaho Legislature are concerned and frustrated that Medicaid costs will only continue to escalate and are unsustainable. This …

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
OPINION: KCRCC has white nationalist ties

The Kootenai County Republican Central Committee, led by Brent Regan, surrounds itself with white nationalist America First movement followers. This radical mo…

Updated 5 months, 1 week ago
OPINION: 'A republic, madam …'

On the last day of the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia, Benjamin Franklin was asked whether the government being proposed for the new nation was to b…

Updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: Legislature atmosphere

In the 1980s, I had the honor of serving as an Idaho State Representative. It was truly an honor. I gained some lifelong friends and learned much about our diverse state and issues most important to its regions. I …

Updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: Students call for attention to environmental issues

Since 1881, the Coeur d’Alene Public School District has been providing high quality education to members of the larger Kootenai County area. The district has …

Updated 5 months, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: Mission field politics

A few years ago, I did an experiment. I had 10 people review different policies about key issues facing our state. There was one condition — they couldn’t see …

Updated 6 months ago
OPINION: Be smart, like a chimpanzee

A study involving language trained chimpanzees conducted by Michael Beran, David Smith and Bonnie Perdue, titled: "Language-Trained Chimpanzees Name What They …

Updated 6 months, 1 week ago
OPINION: Main Street Idaho, a breath of fresh air

Last night I sat down to dinner with state Sen. Treg Bernt from District 21. Treg is a fourth-generation Idahoan and a graduate of Idaho State University. He is a lifelong Republican and a small business owner. You…

Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: Pride wrap-up: Gratitude, growth and anticipation

As Pride season draws to a close, we, at the North Idaho Pride Alliance take a moment to reflect on what the last year has meant for us. Established in 2016, N…

Updated 6 months, 2 weeks ago
OPINION: Prescribed burns on federal lands would mitigate extreme fire seasons

As a former wildland firefighter for four years (2008-11), peak fire season would migrate north in late summer, to our district in Eastern Oregon, but the crit…

Updated 6 months, 3 weeks ago
OPINION: Left-wing propaganda divisive and destructive

It is no secret that we are experiencing serious right-wing extremism statewide and particularly in Kootenai County and the other Panhandle counties. The political success of the right-wing ideologues is quite evid…