Cooper: Vote count counts

59.59 percent! Really?! Barring a miracle in the few remaining ballots to be counted, the Sequim school bond lost by 0.41 percent in Clallam County!

Editor’s Corner: Thank you for not voting

It seems like each election cycle I find myself baffled at how many — make that, how few — of us decided that voting is an important right to exercise.

Cornfield: Eyman’s glee over I-1366

Voters have spoken and no one could be pleased more by what they said than Tim Eyman.

  • Nov 11, 2015

Water Matters: Becoming drought savvy

We’ve been hearing so much about the drought in the West, Washington, the Olympic Peninsula, and, yes, right here in Sequim. But what does a drought really mean?

Burbank: One way or another, voter turnout onus is on us

In a democracy, all citizens should be able to vote. Laws shouldn’t make it harder to vote. Laws should ease the way to voting. That is, unless we don’t want all citizens to vote. But if that is the case, we have a pretty poor democracy.

  • Oct 28, 2015

Cooper: An ‘R-rated’ Halloween story

It was the very darkest Halloween Eve in humankind history. Switchback circular winds blew in defiance of any definition of its direction.

Verbatim: Dave Lasorsa

David Lasorsa, now of Port Angeles, has traveled the world as a longtime professional mountaineer, teaching survival skills and glacier travel to field parties in the mid-1980s.

  • Oct 21, 2015

Water Matters: Water, coming and going

Water is Sequim’s most important resource. As adults charged with protecting and conserving this precious resource — whether we’re parents, teachers, water experts, business owners or voters — how can we help ourselves and upcoming generations understand more about our water?

Cornfield: Odd political partners may help avoid shutdown

These days, Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray isn’t surprised to get a text from the man who may be the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Oct 21, 2015

Editor’s Corner: Newspapers make headlines, too

Last week saw a changing of the guard in media circles here on the Olympic Peninsula. You may have missed it, but more than likely — if you are a regular local newspaper reader — you did not.

Cooper: Paralysis

Not again; please … not again. We were having coffee the last morning before our return from what was a wonderfully relaxing and contemplative trip to the Oregon Coast when “breaking news” announced another school shooting in progress.

Guest Opinion: Bond approval, a matter of necessity

The Sequim School District bond proposal before voters on the Nov. 3 ballot is the result of long-term planning that began in 2008.

  • Oct 14, 2015

Water Matters: Keeping an eye on water, a key peninsula resource

“Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” Do you remember these lines from your school days? They’re from the famous poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Verbatim: Luke Jacobsen

After a long pause, three words came to Luke Jacobsen’s mind while reflecting on his solo trek on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT): “Phenomenal, hard and awesome.”

  • Oct 7, 2015

Brunell: When forests become the ‘Big Polluters’

We associate air pollution with big cities, but millions of people are feeling the impacts of pollution from wildfires burning from California to Alaska and as far east as Colorado.

  • Sep 30, 2015

Cooper: Trump political correctness!

Ever since the now well-known response by Donald Trump, one of the candidates for President — in case you hadn’t heard — in which he said, “A big problem this country has is being politically correct. I don’t have time to be politically correct,” I’ve contemplated just what being politically correct is.

Verbatim: Tim Wheeler … and a cow named Maybe

Tim Wheeler shares a story that, as he writes, “ultimately will appear in my memoir, if I ever complete it.”

  • Sep 23, 2015

Cooper: Signs of our time

During the hottest part of the unsettling heat and dryness, my husband and I found ourselves paying a lot more attention to weather forecasts. One particular forecast was being broadcast while we were in a Seattle area hotel having a so called continental breakfast of chunks of scrambled eggs and 1,000-calorie-each muffins.

Burbank: Public school funding will pay off in the end

This week is the real start of the new year. Parents take their 5-year-olds to their first day of kindergarten, kids return to new grades and new expectations, high schools gear up for football and cross country and soccer, the weather turns colder and wetter, the days are shorter and our teachers renew their calling and mission to educate the children of our state.

  • Sep 16, 2015

Cornfield: Not the last word on charter schools?

Try as it might, Washington just can’t get this charter school thing down right.

  • Sep 16, 2015