Opinion

Editor’s Corner: Odds and ends for the editor’s desk

Every time I leave Sequim, I come to appreciate it more and more.

Delaying Social Security could increase lifetime income

Clallam County residents who are nearing retirement age can increase their lifetime income if they can wait a bit to start drawing Social Security benefits.

  • Jun 18, 2014

Verbatim: The Valedictorians

Sequim High School has four valedictorians this year, each boasting a 4.0 grade-point average: Angela Bentley, Makayla Bentz, Wilson Eiland and Allison Masangkay.

  • Jun 11, 2014

Editor’s Corner: Taking on college tuition

My thoughts turn to those Sequim students earning their diplomas in coming days and weeks, whether it be here in Sequim or Peninsula College in Port Angeles or at some other institution of higher knowledge across the country.

Grimes: Sequim seniors, beware of scams!

Seniors beware: Swindlers and scam artists are out to get you!

  • Jun 11, 2014

Brunell: Quit piling on regulations

President Obama is expected to announce a new set of regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal-powered power plants — the nation’s single largest source of affordable electricity. The impact won’t hit just coal; these regulations will affect every energy user, including you.

  • Jun 11, 2014

Think about it: Pushing the wrong pedal or the limit?

Is it my imagination or does Clallam County have more than its share of people running into buildings while driving some sort of vehicle?

Honoring the legacy of Billy Frank Jr.

So much has been written and said about the passing of Billy Frank Jr., our great leader and good friend. Many people are asking how to honor Billy’s memory. Who will take his place?

  • Jun 4, 2014

Verbatim: Andrew Pocock

Dr. Andrew Pocock is Sequim’s new dentist, after purchasing Dr. Anthony Brock’s dental office in Sequim. His first day of doing business in Sequim as “Advanta Dental” was April 20.

Burbank: Finland, a fine role model

I just returned from a trip to Finland to visit old friends. I brought home a bill from a hospital.

  • May 21, 2014

Richey: Civil disobedience on two wheels

Every time I ride my bicycle around Sequim, I break the Washington vehicle law by not coming to a complete stop at a stop sign.

  • May 13, 2014

Brunell: ‘The Princess and the Pea’

Let’s face it. We’re spoiled. Even in our tough economy, most Americans enjoy a myriad of conveniences we take for granted.

  • May 13, 2014

Verbatim: George Lindamood

Sequim author George Lindamood recently discovered his book “The Accidental Peacemaker” has become much more topical.

  • May 7, 2014

Program builds ‘Future Leaders,’ including this Sequim grad

Under the shade of a mango tree, orphans and street children gathered to be taught how to read and write. They could not afford to go to school, so Billa Mamud took it upon himself to teach them.

  • May 7, 2014

Think about it: ‘ … Owe my soul to the company store …’

“Sixteen tons and what do you get — another day older and deeper in debt. St. Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go. I owe my soul to the company store.”

School bond: More work to be done

I want to thank everyone who participated in the April 22 school construction bond election. This decision would have an impact on all of us who live here in the Sequim-Dungeness Valley, so it’s important we speak in a single, collective voice.

  • Apr 30, 2014

Verbatim: Caecilia Fryrear

Caecilia Fryrear and her husband, Jerry, enjoy being hosts at Carrie Blake Park. In fact, as Caecilia tells it, they’ve been trying to move to Sequim for a long time.

  • Apr 30, 2014

Verbatim: Patti McManus Huber

Patti McManus Huber taught desktop publishing at Peninsula College for about 20 years before taking up her full-time duties at Nash’s Farm Store. She recalls her first backpacking trip with her husband.

Editor’s Corner: Angels in the outfield? Sort of

If, like me, you’re a Seattle Mariners fan, you’re probably looking for a bit of good news right now. After watching the hapless and (nearly) hitless Seattle nine skunk their way to a seven-game losing streak recently, I’m about to give up … so I can’t be the bearer of any good report.

Verbatim: Jo Chinn

Jo and Steve Chinn were setting up some field exercises for their three flat-coated retrievers — Hissy, Dinah and Flo — as Jo explained that the training couldn’t happen without two frozen birds named Mr. Waddle and Ichabod.