Bertha Cooper

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: 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.

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: Signs of our time

During the hottest part of the unsettling heat and dryness, my husband and I found ourselves paying a lot more attention to weather forecasts. One particular forecast was being broadcast while we were in a Seattle area hotel having a so called continental breakfast of chunks of scrambled eggs and 1,000-calorie-each muffins.

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: ‘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: 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.

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.

Cooper: Interpretive piggery-pokery

“Bertha, I have never understood why you don’t support Obamacare.” This, from an informed and astute friend with whom I have had many conversations.

Cooper: Goodbye, Mr. Kids

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

Cooper: Fat chance!

When I was in the fourth grade centuries ago, I would watch the other girls twirl around the bars made from pipes and secured to the ground. I don’t know if girls have bars in elementary school today but it was one of the things girls of my generation did at recess.

Cooper: Upon reflection …

Like most big cities, New York City buzzes with people rushing to get somewhere. That is if you are not a tourist lost on the corner of here and there like adventuresome husband and I were recently.

Cooper: Park … where?

I truly intended to write an insightful, even supportive, column about SARC and its board’s current survival strategy to find a secure home as a Metropolitan Park District.

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: Alert – apps replace thinking!

The striking photo of a platinum-like tooth brush against a black background got my attention.

Think About It: Democracy or Sausage

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

OMC survives a broken system … but needs your help now

In the interest of full disclosure, there are two things you should know about me in reading this column. One is that I was employed in administration of Olympic Medical Center (OMC) for nearly seven years. I was the Assistant Administrator of Planning and Development for most of those years.

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: Paris redux 9/11

“So, so glad you folks are not in Paris now,” a very good friend wrote. We welcomed her warm words but strangely enough, we wished we were in Paris.