Bertha Cooper

Cooper: Get the point?

“Get the Point” is the title of a new brochure put out by the Clallam County Public Health Department. The purpose is to warn the public about the dangers of handling hypodermic needles.

Think about it: Pushing the wrong pedal or the limit?

Is it my imagination or does Clallam County have more than its share of people running into buildings while driving some sort of vehicle?

Cooper: Sense per thousand

Last April, I wrote a long column on the facility needs of the Sequim School District and I promise you I’m not writing it again.

Cooper: More than a campaign slogan

I had the privilege and I do mean privilege of moderating a recent candidate forum sponsored by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Suzie Bennett, manager of the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center in Port Angeles, was near the end of her list of possible moderators when she reached me.

Cooper: Root cause analyses hurt

Regulations, whether through government, professional bodies or private ruling entities, can be a pain. Health care, my industry, is near the top — if not over the top — with regulation.

Cooper: SARC treading water and City going big on parks

Bertha Cooper continues her discussion about SARC and the City of Sequim's possible MPD

Cooper: Our inner grump

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

Cooper: Fear trumps facts

Watching America’s response to the first case of Ebola discovered inside the United States was a bit like watching the aftermath of a natural disaster that was yet to occur. Admittedly, I was watching international news from a faraway land and then only in bits in the morning and evening so I may not have gotten the full flavor.

Cooper: A Paris postscript

I stood frozen in a sea of people who were walking, running and flying through the air, some flying into a wall and sticking as if attached by Velcro. That was the dream I had the second night we were in Paris.

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: Goodbye, Mr. Kids

The Sequim District Superintendent of Schools does his homework and isn’t shy about assigning it either.

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.

Think about it… Be the change

Bertha Cooper discusses Healthy Community Coalition

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: ’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: Vote count counts

59.59 percent! Really?! Barring a miracle in the few remaining ballots to be counted, the Sequim school bond lost by 0.41 percent in Clallam County!

Cooper: An ‘R-rated’ Halloween story

It was the very darkest Halloween Eve in humankind history. Switchback circular winds blew in defiance of any definition of its direction.

Cooper: Trump political correctness!

Ever since the now well-known response by Donald Trump, one of the candidates for President — in case you hadn’t heard — in which he said, “A big problem this country has is being politically correct. I don’t have time to be politically correct,” I’ve contemplated just what being politically correct is.

Cooper: ‘Dog Days’ of summer for SARC

“During summer’s Dog Days, flies increase in numbers and snakes go blind” … so says an old Farmers’ Almanac calendar to describe the period between July 3 and Aug. 11, known as the “Dog Days.”

Cooper: Noxious weeds … Me? You? Them?

The first time I heard the term “noxious weed” was the summer we moved to Sequim from Seattle. I had accepted a position at the local hospital. My love of words and their meaning drew me into learning more about “noxious weeds” — after all, I thought all weeds were noxious.