Opinion

Guest opinion: Make mental health a priority

Many of us ignore physical symptoms — an aching tooth, a shoulder…

  • Nov 30th, 2016

 

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Cornfield: Reboot of ‘Roadkill Caucus’?

Will the Roadkill Caucus be reborn in 2017? This is not idle…

 

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Cooper: Gut wrenching

I hope by the time this column is published, I will no…

 

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A commitment to prevention

One of the greatest, under-appreciated, benefits of the Affordable Care Act (ACA),…

  • Nov 16th, 2016
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Loomis: Trump should continue strong U.S. recognition of treaty rights

A wave of federal recognition of tribal sovereignty and treaty rights has…

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Odds, ends from the editor’s desk — Nov. 16, 2016

Want to make a difference in your local schools? You don’t even…

Brunell: Putting Americans back to work is job one

The message is clear. President-elect Donald Trump’s “Job One” is to put…

Cooper: A Halloween story

Editor’s note: This column originally apperared in the Oct. 26, 2016 edition…

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Cooper: Damage control

Don’t let the air out of your balloon so fast that you…

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Guest opinion: Paying the price of drowsy driving

Imagine this: You’ve enjoyed a fun weekend in Eastern Washington, but you…

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Welcome to the new, improved SequimGazette.com

If you are getting your first look at the new design of…

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From the Back Nine: The age of cuteness

This is not a column about golf. For all of you wearing…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016
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Water Matters: Truth or dare

Remember the kids’ game where you had to choose between confessing a…

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Guest Opinion: Survey can help us shape Sequim’s schools

The Teaching and Learning Department once again is preparing for the Comprehensive…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016
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Guest opinion: Let the truth set you free

This election year, as never before, Americans have been polarized over the…

  • Nov 2nd, 2016
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Water Matters: Valuable, vulnerable Blue Glacier

In my book, the view of Mount Olympus from the High Divide is one of the most glorious scenes anywhere, ever. We’re looking south across the broad Hoh River valley, but it feels like we could stretch an arm out and make designs in the Snow Dome with our finger.

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Cornfield: Reality following the primary

As ballot counting continues in the 2016 primary, here are a few story lines emerging from the results already in hand:

  • Aug 10th, 2016
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Verbatim: Harvey Martin

Sequim resident Harvey Martin is no stranger to responding to emergencies. Earlier this year, however, the 89-year-old was on the other end of some critical help.

  • Aug 3rd, 2016
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Cooper: All aboard!

Looks like the next school bond is getting ready to leave the station. That is, if the school board can get on board.

  • Aug 3rd, 2016
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Verbatim: Bill and Merrilyn Shape

After 69 years married, Bill and Merrilyn Shape are still happily in love.

  • Jul 27th, 2016
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Guest Opinion: Henry Kaiser helped make America great

Between now and November, you will hear lots about “How to Make America Great Again!”

  • Jul 27th, 2016

Guest Opinion: Dorn’s curious strategy

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn knows school districts use local levies to pay teachers and principals because they don’t get enough money from the state to offer competitive salaries.

  • Jul 20th, 2016
Letters

Guest Opinion: Gratitude to citizens

"The last two weeks have been an emotional roller coaster ride for police officers in America."

  • Jul 20th, 2016
Letters

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.

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Blue Hole or Purple Fog?

Everything is coming up purple in Sequim and this week is the peak of purple season. In fact, this weekend is the 20th time we’ve celebrated lavender with a festival, which started humbly but now attracts tens of thousands of visitors to our pretty, blue-hued spot on the planet.

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Guest Opinion: What we share as a community

What makes a community? What makes this community — our community? What is the emotional connection we feel toward this place — what do we love about our community?

  • Jul 6th, 2016

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.

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Guest Opinion: City of Sequim says unfair, not legal to deny Legacy Ridge development proposal

Several years ago, a development team met with city staff to discuss a conceptual development plan for a large property ownership at the south city limits between Seventh Avenue and River Road. That discussion evolved into a formal subdivision application for 48 acres of that ownership — Legacy Ridge — last summer.

  • Jun 29th, 2016
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Editor’s Corner: Odds, ends from the editor’s desk (June 22)

Alana Linderoth, our “cub” reporter since her start date back in April of 2014, has — much to our chagrin — left our fair newspaper.

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?

Guest Opinion: PUD Commissioners should fulfill their mission by supporting I-732

We are disappointed that the Clallam County PUD Board of Commissioners voted against supporting Initiative 732, a measure designed to accelerate the switch to affordable clean energy.

  • Jun 23rd, 2016

Guest Opinion: Oregon’s tax measure potential boom for Washington state

Washington’s next economic development plan may be written by Oregon voters next November.

  • Jun 15th, 2016
Sequim High's class of 2016 graduated on June 10.

Water Matters: Water for Sequim graduates

As I write this, the sun is blazing hot. But the forecast for Friday — when you will walk across the stage and transform from Sequim student to student of the world — is rain.

  • Jun 15th, 2016
Sequim High's class of 2016 graduated on June 10.
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Guest Opinion: The debate on debates

If you’ve never tried to pull off a debate, it’s hard to appreciate the degree of difficulty involved in such a feat.

  • Jun 8th, 2016
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Guest Opinion: What makes Sequim special?

Why do we live here? What brought us here — what attracted us to Sequim? Why do we stay?

  • Jun 8th, 2016

Cooper: Our inner grump

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

Guest Opinion: Habitat, hatcheries equal fishing

"I am deeply disappointed that the tribal and state salmon co-managers were unable to reach agreement on a joint package of fishing seasons for Puget Sound this year."

  • Jun 1st, 2016

Guest Opinion: The ugly process of our democracy

"The personal nature of politics was on display last week in Washington."

  • Jun 1st, 2016
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Tips for safe Memorial Day trip

The good news this Memorial Day weekend is more than 38 million Americans are expected to travel making the unofficial kickoff to summer this year the second busiest on record.

  • May 26th, 2016
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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.

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