Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Mistaken identity

Listen, can you hear it? The sound of ears shutting to any idea other than their own. Have you seen it? The silent picture of… Continue reading

Cooper: Frozen voices

The poem starts: “Small feet freeze In darkness, Snarled, twisted, resting Below my heart. Hidden hairy blackness, Limbs with webs crushing, Sickening me …” And… Continue reading

Cooper: Healthcare not that complicated

Healthcare will be complicated as long as our nation fails to place a value on our citizens and entitled others’ ability to receive the healthcare… Continue reading

Cooper: Democracy at its (insert word here)

One of the joys of being the grandmother of an adult granddaughter is the walks in which we exchange our views of life. As many… Continue reading

Cooper: As if it couldn’t get worse

Imagine being young, artistic, energetic, excited about life and the only thing stopping you was a condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). EDS manifests in the… Continue reading

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: 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.