Bertha Cooper

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.

Cooper: ‘Cromnibus’ is here (just in case you missed it)!

“Cromnibus” arrived late on the American scene after months of contentious avoidance. Members of the 113th Congress rushed to pass a spending bill so called “Cromnibus” for 2014-2015 totaling $1.1 trillion while only missing one day of scheduled vacation.

Cooper: Happy-All-Days Unicorn

Sequim evenings come early in December making it hard to resist the impulse to stay inside, be warm and read in the quiet of a winter night even though it’s only 5 p.m.

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 it … Halloween, the sequel

Eagor sat alone in his office for the first time surrounded by the artifacts of his achievements.

Cooper: A postcard from Paris

Dateline Paris: I’ve always wanted to start a report with “Dateline Paris.” Haven’t we all?

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: The wonderful world of wondering

A couple of columns ago I wrote about the importance of science and the scientific method. I wrote of my deep concern that we are teaching our children that they can disregard proven facts and conclusions and just pick a truth like picking the color of their rooms.

The nature of Sequim

I was a city dweller most of my life. I grew up in Seattle outside the city limits in the early days in a neighborhood with small new houses with yards, flower gardens and picket fences. The wildest life we saw were robins and garter snakes.

Think About It … Fact? Fiction? Fabrication?

Reading this column just might save you $54. Although if you have an extra need – in my case a need that can reach neurotic levels depending on the issue — for facts and data you probably already have bought or borrowed America’s Ranking Among Nations (“A Goal Perspective of the United States in Graphic Detail”).

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?

Think about it: ‘ … Owe my soul to the company store …’

“Sixteen tons and what do you get — another day older and deeper in debt. St. Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go. I owe my soul to the company store.”

Think about it: Shining a light on school bond, classrooms

Kelly Shea, the superintendent of Sequim Schools, will spend hours with you showing you school facilities and explaining why the district wants the community to approve the $154 million school bond on the April 22 ballot.