Opinion

Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Goodbye, Charlie

“I love helping a community be what it wants to be,” says Charlie Bush, former city manager of the City of Sequim, with the ease… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
Don Brunell

Guest column: Removing Snake River dams is unwise

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson’s $33 billion plan to remove the lower Snake River dams is unwise. However, if he pushes it, he needs include the… Continue reading

Don Brunell

Guest column: UW scholars program can help next generation build strong communities

A large majority of youth across a wide spectrum of races, cultures and classes in the U.S. appears to value aspects of personal success –… Continue reading

  • Feb 17, 2021
Kris Johnson is president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers association.

Guest opinion: January windstorm is reminder of value of diverse energy sources

A windstorm swept through Washington state last month, doing damage on both sides of the state. More than a half-million people lost power across the… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2021
Kris Johnson is president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers association.

Being Frank: Increased outdoor recreation impacting tribal treaty rights, resources

Already robust levels of hiking, camping, boating and every other kind of outdoor recreation in our region has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic as many… Continue reading

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Guest column: Reflecting on 40 years of federal recognition

Editor’s note: This column was originally printed in the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe’s February 2021 Tribal Newsletter, and reprinted here with permission. — MD Greeting Jamestown… Continue reading

  • Feb 10, 2021
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Bertha Cooper

Think About It: A shot in the arm

Of all the news coming out of Sequim, the best news is we are well into providing initial doses of COVID vaccine Moderna thanks to… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
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From the Back Nine: Old dogs

I have officially stopped jumping on new communication band wagons. It’s not that I’m a technophobe or as long in the tooth as Methuselah. When… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2021
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Don Brunell

Guest opinion: Portland carbon tax may doom recyclers

In 1971, Oregon was the first state to enact a “bottle bill.” Fifty years later, Portland, Ore., could become the first city to approve a… Continue reading

Don Brunell

Guest Opinion: Time to end spread of QAnon, similar conspiracies

My seventh great grandmother, Phebe Wilde Day, was imprisoned as a suspected witch during the Salem Witch hunt of 1692. Her stepmother, Sarah Wilde, was… Continue reading

  • Feb 3, 2021
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Aging Successfully: Eustress versus distress

The first time I discovered the word eustress (pronounced YOU-stress) was last year while doing research for my November 2020 column, “Gratitude, thankfulness and mental… Continue reading

  • Jan 27, 2021
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Our View: Public’s business handled in private

The secret society of Sequim is in session. Both the Sequim City Council and the Sequim School Board are taking actions of great importance to… Continue reading

  • Jan 27, 2021
Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Open government secrets

The Sequim School District superintendent has left the building. Dr. Robert Clark submitted his resignation following two and a half months after he was placed… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
Don Brunell

Guest opinion: Work from home is here to stay

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels?… Continue reading

Don Brunell
USEPA Photo by Eric Vance. Public domain image

Being Frank: A big step towards accountability for habitat impacts

Habitat loss and damage is the driving factor for the decline of salmon in our region. It doesn’t discriminate and never stops. Every hour of… Continue reading

USEPA Photo by Eric Vance. Public domain image

Letters to the editor — Jan. 13, 2021

Liberty and freedom are not free Editor’s note: this letter was submitted prior to actions calling for Bush’s resignation on Jan. 11. As we watched… Continue reading

  • Jan 13, 2021
Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Les Misérables?

People swarmed the roads and grass to the Capitol Building in DC, filled the balconies and stormed the entries guarded but not secured by Capitol… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
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From the Back Nine: The good with the bad

Last January, I wrote that my New Year’s resolution was to buy no new clothes. I didn’t know about COVID-19 at the time, or how… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2021
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Guest opinion: Bracing for bigger changes

Now that vaccines are available, we hope our lives will return to the way they were before the coronavirus pandemic blanketed the globe. That is… Continue reading

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Letters to the editor — Jan. 6, 2021

Troubling actions from Sequim school leaders With some 32 years in education and 26 as principal or site administrator from Wisconsin to Alaska, I read… Continue reading

  • Jan 6, 2021