Opinion

Cooper: Alert – apps replace thinking!

The striking photo of a platinum-like tooth brush against a black background got my attention.

How did our lawmakers vote?

Recent voting scorecard for Sequim-area legislators in Olympia

  • Apr 8, 2015

Burbank: Closing tax loopholes could do a lot of good

Our state’s public structures and services are the oil of our economic engine. From roads to bridges, preschool to college, veterans benefits to senior services, and protections for our air and drinking water, we’re all better off when we invest in strong communities.

  • Apr 8, 2015

Brunell: Higher minimum wage misses target

Washington has the nation’s highest minimum wage at $9.47 an hour and now the state Legislature wants to hike it to $12. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) wants to boost it to $15 to go in step with the SeaTac initiative, which voters barely approved last year.

  • Apr 8, 2015

Odds, ends from the editor’s desk, April 1

Happy April Fools’ Day! Here’s a wish that our family, friends and neighbors aren’t the unwitting fools in some recent scams going on around the Olympic Peninsula.

Cooper: Someone say April Fools … please!

No matter how fitting it might seem, my guess is that not one candidate for the office of President of the USA will announce their candidacy on April Fools’ Day.

  • Apr 1, 2015

Verbatim: Dave Brackett

Dave Brackett is no stranger to oddly designed motorcycles. In fact, he’s a pioneer in the field.

  • Mar 30, 2015

Rock Doc: The start of a better trend for diabetes

“Eat right and exercise.” It’s good advice. But millions of us Americans struggle every day to live up to our hopes regarding diet and activity.

  • Mar 25, 2015

Editor’s corner: Lies, danged lies and statistics

Editor Mike Dashiell talks crime, the NCAA bracket and sewage.

Think About It: Democracy or Sausage

Most of us have heard the saying that watching legislation being made is like watching sausage being made.

Verbatim: Garland and Cheryl Frankfurth

Instilled with a sense of history by his father as a child, Garland Frankfurth went on to teach U.S. history and although he ended his formal teaching career in the Sequim School District, he has continued to learn and explore the country’s history firsthand.

  • Mar 11, 2015

How did our lawmakers vote?

Local lawmaker roll call, provided by WashingtonVotes.org

  • Mar 11, 2015

Burbank: Close loophole and college can be affordable

If you had a child at the University of Washington at the beginning of the Great Recession, you may have been set back by the tuition. In the 2008-2009 academic year it was $7,254 (in today’s dollars), almost one-fifth of a full time job paid at the median wage.

  • Mar 11, 2015

Odds, ends from the editor’s desk March 4, 2015

Sequim schools, you are not alone. On Feb. 10, 16 of 27 school construction bond proposals across Washington met the “super majority” benchmark of 60 percent.

OMC survives a broken system … but needs your help now

In the interest of full disclosure, there are two things you should know about me in reading this column. One is that I was employed in administration of Olympic Medical Center (OMC) for nearly seven years. I was the Assistant Administrator of Planning and Development for most of those years.

Guest Opinion: Failing businesses a sign of a weak economy

For the first time in American history, entrepreneurship is in decline.

  • Feb 25, 2015

Cooper: Personal choice or public good or both?

“You’re the first person to ask me directly,” she answered, “most people skirt around it.” I had just asked her if she and her husband had their children vaccinated.

  • Feb 18, 2015

Loomis: Budget cuts threaten fish and wildlife

Years of declining funding combined with a current $2 billion state budget deficit leaves the treaty Indian tribes in western Washington wondering if the Department of Fish and Wildlife will be able to meet its natural resources management responsibilities.

  • Feb 18, 2015

Brunell: Moving beyond the gas tax

With gas prices plummeting to less than $2 a gallon, some politicians think this is the ideal time to increase state and federal gas taxes.

  • Feb 18, 2015

Odds, ends from the editor’s desk

It’s been a full week since our Feb. 10 special election and I think for folks who were supporting either the Sequim School District’s construction bond or the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center’s levy (or both), the defeats are starting to set in.