Bertha Cooper

Think About It: The business of government

The President appointed his Director of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney as acting director when the bureau’s director resigned. Mulvaney is a former Congressman who… Continue reading

Think About It: No more silence, no more denial

Whatever we do as decent men and women in the midst of all these voices coming forward and telling us their most grievous, humiliating, intimate… Continue reading

Think About It: No easy or good answers

Occasionally, I am asked how I come up with column ideas every couple of weeks. I have no good answers; they just come. I can… Continue reading

Think ABout It: Halloween story, the sequel

“Bring Grandpa some of his favorite tea. The kind with an ounce of Pernod in it,” shouted his Grandson with desperation in his voice. “And… Continue reading

Think About It: Halloween story redux

It’s unbelievable! The response was fantastic. Never happened before. Said to be the greatest Halloween story ever. No one else has done it. No one… Continue reading

Think About It: The high price of uncertainty

Different people have speculated that President Trump may be “gas-lighting” us. I had a vague recall of a movie called “Gaslight” in which a woman’s… Continue reading

Think About It: Category 5 labor negotiations

I write this nearly a week before the strike deadline set by the teachers of Sequim School District to meet my deadline for submission. The… Continue reading

Think About It: Forest fires and floods

I was wondering what astronauts see from their whirling home miles up in space when my mind-reader editor happened to send me a current photo… Continue reading

Think About It: Malignant mobs

I have never thought that disorderly mobs were a good idea whether riots, protests or demonstrations of civil disobedience. Organized disorderly mobs are even worse.… Continue reading

Think About It: Hot topic

I’m pretty sure that Mother Nature doesn’t read my columns, but she might as well have given the coincidental happenings following my last column. First,… Continue reading

Think About It: Heating up?

I have believed for some years now that Greater Sequim is going to become the new California. Certain sea life seems to have the same… Continue reading

Think About It: Soup to nuts

Some columns just beg for follow up. Maybe. Chicken soup for the heart Such does the comfort of words and touch become important when we… Continue reading

Think About It: It’s just words

“Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me.” Who said that and what were they smoking? My mother might have… Continue reading

Think About It: Dear Representative Kilmer …

Representative, I like it that you make yourself readily available to your constituents and that you are open with your answers. I came from the… Continue reading

Think About It: Our Memorial Day

Today is Memorial Day and I write as if a mysterious time machine has thrust me backwards and forwards at the same time. The day… Continue reading

Think About It: Mistaken identity

Listen, can you hear it? The sound of ears shutting to any idea other than their own. Have you seen it? The silent picture of… Continue reading

Cooper: Frozen voices

The poem starts: “Small feet freeze In darkness, Snarled, twisted, resting Below my heart. Hidden hairy blackness, Limbs with webs crushing, Sickening me …” And… Continue reading

Cooper: Healthcare not that complicated

Healthcare will be complicated as long as our nation fails to place a value on our citizens and entitled others’ ability to receive the healthcare… Continue reading

Cooper: Democracy at its (insert word here)

One of the joys of being the grandmother of an adult granddaughter is the walks in which we exchange our views of life. As many… Continue reading

Cooper: As if it couldn’t get worse

Imagine being young, artistic, energetic, excited about life and the only thing stopping you was a condition called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). EDS manifests in the… Continue reading