Opinion

Cornfield: No squabble left behind

Public schools are not just underfunded by the state as Washington’s Supreme Court has made abundantly clear. Most of them also are failing, according to the federal government.

  • Aug 26, 2015

Verbatim: Suzan Mansfield

When she first opened the Sequim Licensing Depot, Suzan Mansfield had three license plates, including her own, hanging on the wall. Two and a half years later, nearly all available wall space is splashed with color, random letters and numbers from the ever-growing collection of license plates.

  • Aug 19, 2015

Burbank: Time to get it straight on fully funding education

It didn’t take long before the Legislature stopped its crowing about how it funded K-12 education and admitted that it was far from the mandates of the State Supreme Court for basic education.

  • Aug 19, 2015

Cooper: ‘Dog Days’ of summer for SARC

“During summer’s Dog Days, flies increase in numbers and snakes go blind” … so says an old Farmers’ Almanac calendar to describe the period between July 3 and Aug. 11, known as the “Dog Days.”

Verbatim: Ryle Lindbergh

Ryle Lindbergh was the only Washington resident accepted into the Purdue University STEP Program. The one-week camp, hosted at Purdue University facilities in West Lafayette, Ind., focused on engineering.

  • Aug 12, 2015

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.

Odds, ends from the editor’s desk: Aug. 5, 2015

Editor Mike Dashiell weighs in about gas prices, Port Angeles, and more.

Cornfield: Gov. Inslee still seeking ‘signature’ achievement

These days Jay Inslee might be America’s most frustrated governor. And we may soon find out how much more frustration — and stomachache — he can take.

  • Jul 29, 2015

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.

Verbatim: Marijke Elbo

Marijke Elbo shares her story on how the Disney family helped her end up in Los Angeles from Holland.

  • Jul 15, 2015

Guest Opinion: Governor should look at modified airliners for fighting fires

Daniel Gellert shares ideas on using aircraft to fight fires.

  • Jul 15, 2015

Burkett: Why I’m voting no on the SARC proposition

Like the majority of the voters, I voted yes on the six-year tax levy proposed by SARC in February. I thought this temporary tax would give SARC time to get its finances in order and work with the community to prepare a broadly based MPD proposal that would provide needed facilities and services in addition to a pool.

  • Jul 8, 2015

Odds, ends from the editor’s desk — July 8, 2015

Tuition in Washington just got a bit more affordable. It’s gone from ludicrously expensive to just ridiculous.

Pickering: MPD offers best way to keep SARC open

An open letter to the Voters of Park & Recreation District No. 1 of Clallam County:

  • Jul 7, 2015

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.

Editor’s corner: Help keep peninsula safe from wildfires

Is it getting hot in here or is it just … the earth? The recent Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park is only the latest reminder that our beloved Olympic Peninsula may be geographically isolated but isn’t immune to the dangers of wildfire.

Burbank: Time to reflect on our values

As we celebrate our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July, perhaps we should do some reflecting about our nation, especially as we consider last month’s murder of nine black citizens in South Carolina.

  • Jun 30, 2015

Verbatim: Steve Burkett

After attending 1,500 city council meetings and preparing eight different cities’ budgets over his 46-year career, Sequim City Manager Steve Burkett retires on June 30.

  • Jun 23, 2015

Cooper: Goodbye, Mr. Kids

The Sequim District Superintendent of Schools does his homework and isn’t shy about assigning it either.

Brunell: Lawmakers should fund life sciences discovery

Some may remember the infamous Seattle billboard: “Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights?”

  • Jun 23, 2015