Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Light, dark sides of giving

I thought I’d better write this column early in the season, lest I be accused of grinching too close to Christmas and all the other… Continue reading

 

Think About It: Women’s work never done

In two years, the League of Women Voters will celebrate its 100th birthday. The League was established the year that women were granted the right… Continue reading

 

Think About It: Safety first … but when?

Last summer, I listened to an interview of a man whose daughter was shot and killed during the Parkland shooting. Grief was etched in his… Continue reading

 

Think About It: Halloween Story, series finale — part II

Part I of “Halloween Story, series finale” was featured in the Oct. 24 edition of the Sequim Gazette. The beginning of the end Grandpa’s long… Continue reading

Think About It: Halloween Story, series finale — part I

Grandpa arrived early for the family’s Halloween gathering. He waited for everyone to arrive and take a seat before he began. He saw in the… Continue reading

Think About It: Not safe

Apprehension swirled around inside me, trying to find a place to settle among the stronger, deeper feelings of sadness and anger. Rebellion and resignation bounced… Continue reading

Think About It: What do you mean you’re not voting?!

I’ve heard a lot about people not voting including the belief on some people’s part that small turnouts have resulted in a minority of registered… Continue reading

Think About It: You’re only old once

I thought it was funny. I thought it would amuse these two wonderfully involved and thoughtful people. We were talking about developing a small project… Continue reading

Guest column: Celebrating teachers

I interrupt my usual column schedule with an announcement! I can’t really call it breaking news, but I bet it felt like that to the… Continue reading

Think About It: Smoke gets in your lungs

Smoke in your lungs, your eyes, nose, throat is all bad. Nothing romantic in this reality scene. I am embarrassed to think that I deliberately… Continue reading

Think About It: Lost in space

Even our cats are crabby — although I fail to see any reason they should be. These two have everything they need at their claw… Continue reading

Think About It: Gifts of grief unbounded

Breaking news interrupts the newscast — as it often does — and my Saturday afternoon ironing. I mentally gear for yet another announcement of presidential… Continue reading

Think About It: Build it and they will come

And they have. But first, husband Paul and I are celebrating the exact anniversary date of our arrival in Sequim 20 years ago on the… Continue reading

Think About It: Women and children first

July Fourth, 2018, Independence Day, the 242nd anniversary of the birth of our nation, an intentional democracy designed to be governed by the people and… Continue reading

Think About It: Four among many

I arrived at Fire District 3’s main station promptly at 8 a.m. I was dressed in the required uniform of the day, dark pants and… Continue reading

Think About It: A picture worth 1,000 guns

I wrote this column following the Parkland shooting after thinking about ways to move beyond our inaction to answering, truly solving, the questions surrounding mass… Continue reading

Think About It: Who does 911 call?

The reward for good work is usually more good work. This is certainly the case for Fire District 3 providing emergency services to greater Sequim,… Continue reading

Think About It: The cost of free speech

The First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America is the powerful statement of the values of our country. “Congress shall make… Continue reading

Think ABout It: Addiction or staying connected?

Am I just old and out of the loop or is there really something unsocial about social media? I may be the only old, loopless… Continue reading

Think About It: Fish story

Wild Pacific salmon and I have a history. My dad was a commercial fisherman who fished the waters of Alaska, usually for salmon and halibut,… Continue reading