Bertha Cooper

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: Advice to the shopworn

Some of you, probably all of you, will be surprised that readers ask me for advice on occasion. I take these questions seriously because I take seriously that someone would reach out to me for the answers to life’s questions.

Cooper: Plan a head to plan ahead

How is it that the United Kingdom is so unprepared to leave the European Union? Seems the “establishment” of the UK was as surprised at the vote outcome as the Republicans were when Romney lost the last Presidential election.

Cooper: Rigged rules rule

I kept expecting the Pony Express to arrive any minute to deliver the results of the Washington State Democratic Presidential primary contest. Is the process of selecting candidates for the highest office in the land this old-fashioned in our technological age?

Cooper: Our inner grump

Are we collectively losing our minds or is it just me? Don’t answer that.

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.

Think about … Bathroom privileges

I have one reason in mind when I go into a women’s public bathroom and it is typically the only reason that I enter one. You know exactly what I mean.

Cooper: What’s next? A tsunami?

Just what’s going on? Haven’t we been humbled enough? Or is it, haven’t we been punished enough?

Think about it… Be the change

Bertha Cooper discusses Healthy Community Coalition

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… Naval Gazing

Bertha Cooper discusses the U.S. Navy’s plan to increase its use of the Olympic Peninsula for sophisticated electronic warfare training

Cooper: Rats!

“Come here, I think I see something in the bird feeder,” called husband. A close look revealed four tiny ears, two on each head. Rats!

Cooper: Goodwill gone grumpy

Bummer. The Sequim School District bond failed again to reach 60 percent approval. Seems that more people came out to vote but most of them voted against it. So it’s done. Sequim schools will have no additional space, no additional toilets, no modernization of science labs and no security.

Cooper: It’s elementary

Picture this — the City of Sequim and surrounds in 1980. Long strings of traffic roll through Washington Street on the way to Hurricane Ridge. Some people stop at local restaurants. Cows graze on pasture lands and vegetables grow in the large green valley.

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.

Cooper: Column karma

I hadn’t thought too much — really not at all — about column karma until a “No Trespassing” sign was posted in our neighborhood. Those of you who read and remember my columns will know why I might think of the laws of karma when the sign appeared.

Cooper: ’Tis the seasons!

Northwest December darkness may yield the most recognized religious holidays celebrated than any other month; at least that’s my impression. I knew about Christmas (Dec. 25) and Hanukkah (Dec. 6-13), but had to do a bit more research to give weight to my theory. Here’s what I found.

Cooper: Import, deport

The older I get and the squarer my body becomes, I begin to resemble my ancestor aunts who stayed behind in Norway while four of their brothers, my father among them, immigrated to the USA.