Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Mission or assembly line driven medicine?

A giant and unexpected revolution occurred in the delivery of medical care during the first years of this century. It’s not that it started then,… Continue reading

Cooper: Shock and awful

The Midwest farmer stood alone and spoke for himself. The farmer didn’t belong to a tribe or claim sacred lands. He didn’t carry a sign… Continue reading

Think About It: Capital idea!

“It would mean so much to my staff to have modern equipment,” responded Laurie Campen, food services director for the Sequim School District. “They want… Continue reading

Guest Column: School levy is the only sure thing unless …

Don’t move your eyes from this spot if you are as confused as I was about school funding. As much as you might like to,… Continue reading

Cooper: Testing the Constitution

Well over 200 years ago, a representative group of men from the 13 colonies formalized the Constitution of the United States of America. I can… Continue reading

Cooper: Art, or the deal of power?

Knock knock … knock knock … knock knock … “How frustrating!” the blue gazelle with rose-colored spots commiserated with herself. “Peace! Wake up, come out;… Continue reading

Cooper: Dredging up the past

At first glance it looked like a Mississippi paddle wheeler that beached itself on the river bank like a dying whale. On closer inspection, it… Continue reading

Cooper: Gut wrenching

I hope by the time this column is published, I will no longer have to double up on the daily probiotics I take. Seems the… Continue reading

Cooper: Reality check

I keep wondering how our lives can be so normal, even ordinary when we are surrounded by a fire storm of rhetoric that is telling… Continue reading

Cooper: A Halloween story

Editor’s note: This column originally apperared in the Oct. 26, 2016 edition of the Sequim Gazette. — MD My family gathered by the wood stove… Continue reading

Cooper: Damage control

Don’t let the air out of your balloon so fast that you fly around the room and crash to the ground, a flattened version of… Continue reading

Cooper: G$ + Cr2 = Reguloony

Lately, I have found myself drifting into the camp that less regulation is needed in the industry that I know the best and in which people could die without certain regulations.

Think About It: Democracy or Sausage

Most of us have heard the saying that watching legislation being made is like watching sausage being made.

Think about it: Shining a light on school bond, classrooms

Kelly Shea, the superintendent of Sequim Schools, will spend hours with you showing you school facilities and explaining why the district wants the community to approve the $154 million school bond on the April 22 ballot.

Cooper: Truth … but verify

I was going to write about the growing rat infestation in Greater Sequim, but I can’t resist looking into and for the truth when the opportunity presents.

The nature of Sequim

I was a city dweller most of my life. I grew up in Seattle outside the city limits in the early days in a neighborhood with small new houses with yards, flower gardens and picket fences. The wildest life we saw were robins and garter snakes.

Cooper: Kids play

I was trying to write something thoughtful and serious about the relentless campaign messages intended to humiliate and demean the character of another person or group of people.

Cooper: Paralysis

Not again; please … not again. We were having coffee the last morning before our return from what was a wonderfully relaxing and contemplative trip to the Oregon Coast when “breaking news” announced another school shooting in progress.

Think About It … Fact? Fiction? Fabrication?

Reading this column just might save you $54. Although if you have an extra need – in my case a need that can reach neurotic levels depending on the issue — for facts and data you probably already have bought or borrowed America’s Ranking Among Nations (“A Goal Perspective of the United States in Graphic Detail”).

Think about it … Halloween, the sequel

Eagor sat alone in his office for the first time surrounded by the artifacts of his achievements.