New Washington state immunization code makes ‘little sense’

My husband and I have been licensed foster parents nearly eight years. We’ve worked hard to obtain and maintain our license to provide love, consistency and stability to children in foster care. Our license is currently for children ages 0-6. As of this writing, we have in our home a lovely blend of biological and foster children; we are blessed!

  • Feb 11, 2015

Opinion: Convert Washington’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site to a warfare training zone?

Rep. Derek Kilmer, holding Town Hall meetings to address public concerns about the Navy’s plans, didn’t mention that they involve Olympic National Park, the state’s only UNESCO World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve.

  • Feb 11, 2015

Cooper: Sense per thousand

Last April, I wrote a long column on the facility needs of the Sequim School District and I promise you I’m not writing it again.

School facility bond needs your support

On Feb. 10, our Sequim community will face a huge decision that will significantly affect the future of our community and the children and families living here.

  • Feb 4, 2015

Guest column: For the love of a dog

Tonight my heart is broken again, proof of the profound love I have had for 15 years for a fluffy, funny, gorgeous black and white border collie/Sheltie named Jenny who crossed the rainbow bridge today.

Guest opinion: Rethinking the cost and construction of our schools

To provide 21st century schools we need 21st century construction.

  • Jan 27, 2015

Verbatim: Katherine Landoni

Sequim High School senior Katherine Landoni has been keeping busy the past few years. A student, mentor, tutor and athlete, she takes advanced courses at SHS, played varsity basketball as a sophomore, junior and senior.

  • Jan 21, 2015

Guest Opinion: Sequim schools and the future of our community

On Feb. 10, 2015, the Sequim community will vote on a $49.2 million school facility bond. Last year, the district requested a $154 million bond. The community said no; it was too much and needed to be a more realistic goal. The Sequim School District leadership heard the message and pared back their request to a third of the desired need.

  • Jan 21, 2015

Cooper: Paris redux 9/11

“So, so glad you folks are not in Paris now,” a very good friend wrote. We welcomed her warm words but strangely enough, we wished we were in Paris.

Guest Opinion: The importance of local support for Sequim Schools

Whether we are retirees wanting to make sure our first responders are highly trained, or we are health care professionals with young families just starting out, or we are business leaders looking for a skilled work force; making sure Sequim has 21st century facilities for our children to learn in benefits us all.

  • Jan 14, 2015

Guest Opinion: A big thanks to the Sequim community

The Toys for Sequim Kids, sponsored by Sequim Community Aid, had its beginning 67 years ago, when there were fields and cows and a very small town but there were needy families then also.

  • Jan 14, 2015

Verbatim: Devin McBride

Those with the Sequim Police Department recently welcomed, or more accurately re-welcomed police officer Devin McBride into the department given he had worked previously as a reserve officer between 2008-2011.

  • Jan 7, 2015

Cooper: ‘Cromnibus’ is here (just in case you missed it)!

“Cromnibus” arrived late on the American scene after months of contentious avoidance. Members of the 113th Congress rushed to pass a spending bill so called “Cromnibus” for 2014-2015 totaling $1.1 trillion while only missing one day of scheduled vacation.

Guest column: Harvesting energy from sunlight

What if there were a two-for-one sale on kilowatts? Your power bill would be cut in half — not a bad result for your monthly budget.

  • Dec 29, 2014

Odds and ends and a year to remember

I don’t know about you, dear Gazette reader, but I’m not sure I’m ready for 2015. I’m still winded from a whirlwind 2014.

Guest Opinion: Inspiration from the mouth of babes

I simply cannot stop thinking about Leah Crabtree, the 9-year-old girl who celebrated her birthday last month by donating 200 pounds of food to the Sequim Food Bank.

  • Dec 23, 2014

Verbatim: Ady Crosby

Born and raised on the Olympic Peninsula, Ady Crosby is a local through and through. A 2008 Sequim High graduate, Crosby left the peninsula for Western Washington University where she studied history and social studies, earning a bachelor’s degree in 2013.

  • Dec 23, 2014

Cooper: Happy-All-Days Unicorn

Sequim evenings come early in December making it hard to resist the impulse to stay inside, be warm and read in the quiet of a winter night even though it’s only 5 p.m.

Guest column: Giving for animals

It’s a bit simplistic to say that my family moved here because of and for our animals. But in a way, what was good for them was also good for us.

Odds, ends from the editor’s desk — Dec. 17, 2014

Get ready for the hordes arriving en masse — again. For the umpteenth time, Sequim is on another “great place to retire” list.