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.

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.

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.