Editor’s Corner: More odds and ends from the editor’s desk

By the time you read this, I’ll hopefully be back in the wonderfully green state of Washington. I’ve spent much of the past week visiting a daughter and my wife’s old haunts in Las Cruces, N.M., and El Paso, Texas.

Verbatim: Dave Shreffler

Dave Shreffler is a restoration ecologist and photographer. He volunteers his time for wilderness protection, strong schools in Sequim, improved recreational opportunities for children and families in eastern Clallam County and the construction and maintenance of the Olympic Discovery Trail.

  • Oct 22, 2014

Guest Opinion: Group provides an ‘Answer’ in our community

October marks the five-year anniversary for The Answer For Youth (TAFY), a local drop-in center that serves homeless youth and young families (13-35) in Clallam County.

  • Oct 22, 2014

Verbatim: Judi Larimore

Judy Larimore is a Sequim resident and photographer. Her work is on display at The Gallery at Fifth (500 W. Hendrickson Road) for the month of October. Larimore’s recent planned trip to northwestern Mexico resort town Cabo San Lucas got a significant detour after the town was leveled by Hurricane Odile in September.

  • Oct 15, 2014

Cooper: A postcard from Paris

Dateline Paris: I’ve always wanted to start a report with “Dateline Paris.” Haven’t we all?

Odds,ends from the editors desk

It seems I’m in a conversation rut these days. Can’t talk to anyone about anything without them getting all worked up about something: union-busting propositions, marijuana, immigration reform, Scotland trying to break up with England or Obama-Obama-Obama.

Verbatim: Nick Rampp and Nick Batchelor

At the end of July, the Sequim Gazette featured a feature on four Sequim residents and friends, Joe Sullivan, Nick Rampp, Nick Batchelor and Scott Chichester, and their plan to “bike-pack” (tour on mountain bikes, endure all types of terrain and camp along the way) a 380-mile portion of The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

  • Oct 1, 2014

Verbatim: Josh Turner

Longtime Sequim resident Josh Turner took second place at the Annual Edensaw Boatbuilding Challenge during the 38th Port Townsend Wooden Boat Festival, Sept. 5-7.

  • Sep 24, 2014

Thomas: Tennis courts a community concern

“Well, all you have to do is hold some car washes and bake sales.”

  • Sep 24, 2014

Cooper: More than a campaign slogan

I had the privilege and I do mean privilege of moderating a recent candidate forum sponsored by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe. Suzie Bennett, manager of the Elwha Klallam Heritage Center in Port Angeles, was near the end of her list of possible moderators when she reached me.

Tell truth about salmon recovery

The late NWIFC chairman Billy Frank Jr. left us all many lessons during his time on this earth. One of the most important was also one of the simplest: “Tell the truth.”

  • Sep 16, 2014

Verbatim: April Oldfield (and friends)

April Oldfield is the activity director at Sherwood Assisted Living in Sequim. She and a trio of residents at her place of work had a rather memorable experience on the second day at the second Air Affaire on Aug. 31.

  • Sep 10, 2014

Guest Opinion: Foundations to senators: Urge floor vote on America Gives More Act

American foundations gave nearly $50 billion to the U.S. nonprofit sector in 2013. That’s a massive investment in our nation, made possible by American generosity and supported by sound tax policies from Washington. With Sen. Patty Murray back in Washington, D.C., for a busy and critical work period before the November elections, now is the perfect time to urge Senate leadership to bring the America Gives More Act (HR 4719) to a floor vote this month.

  • Sep 10, 2014

Editor’s Corner: School funding issue gets murkier

I’ve never really felt bad for politicians. Ever. I mean, they’re the ones who sign up and run for what often seems to be either a fool’s errand or sure-lose proposition or worse (cue “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” minus the fairy-tale ending) ...

Letter: How PC can you get?

Several years ago a woman of color wrote an insightful piece with the theme, “Keeping them (down) on the plantation,” referring to the government treatment of most African-Americans.

  • Sep 10, 2014

Letter: Remove payoff for illegal immigrants

Each time that amnesty for illegal immigrants has become an issue, the media campaign always refers to the “broken immigration system” that somehow has to be fixed. Their solution always has been to grant amnesty for the millions of those illegal immigrants who now reside within our borders.

  • Sep 10, 2014

Letter; Sniping at SARC by private concerns

A local gym operator has taken to Facebook and newspapers expounding how the Sequim Aquatic Recreation Center, a non-for-profit, has an unfair competitive advantage.

  • Sep 10, 2014

Letter: Two and a half cups of coffee

If I came to your home, you would never hesitate to pour me a few cups of coffee while we chatted. For the price of two to three cups of coffee/month, you can improve many lives by voting “YES” for the SARC levy in the February 2015 Special Election.

  • Sep 10, 2014

Letter: Officials acting like bullies

Each week, the Sequim Gazette has another story about “the commissioners” blocking the retail sale and production of legalized marijuana.

  • Sep 10, 2014

Guest Opinion: Change coming for state health insurance exchange

It has not been an easily defined road nor a smooth one. Nothing like this had ever been done before, which led to a number of challenges in budgeting, forecasting and other elements prior to the exchange’s launch on Oct. 1, 2013. Now the exchange, known as the Washington Healthplanfinder (WHPF), has completed the open-enrollment period. The WHPF primarily offered only individual and family coverage, leaving small-business coverage until the next open enrollment later this year.

  • Sep 10, 2014