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: 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.