Opinion

Cornfield: Odd political partners may help avoid shutdown

Cornfield: Odd political partners may help avoid shutdown

These days, Democratic U.S. Sen. Patty Murray isn’t surprised to get a text from the man who may be the next Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

  • Oct 21, 2015
Cornfield: Odd political partners may help avoid shutdown
WNPA award winners from the Sequim Gazette include

Editor’s Corner: Newspapers make headlines, too

Last week saw a changing of the guard in media circles here on the Olympic Peninsula. You may have missed it, but more than likely — if you are a regular local newspaper reader — you did not.

WNPA award winners from the Sequim Gazette include
Bertha Cooper

Cooper: Paralysis

Not again; please … not again. We were having coffee the last morning before our return from what was a wonderfully relaxing and contemplative trip to the Oregon Coast when “breaking news” announced another school shooting in progress.

Bertha Cooper
Brian Lewis

Guest Opinion: Bond approval, a matter of necessity

The Sequim School District bond proposal before voters on the Nov. 3 ballot is the result of long-term planning that began in 2008.

  • Oct 14, 2015
Brian Lewis
Water Matters: Keeping an eye on water, a key peninsula resource

Water Matters: Keeping an eye on water, a key peninsula resource

“Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” Do you remember these lines from your school days? They’re from the famous poem “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” by English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Water Matters: Keeping an eye on water, a key peninsula resource
Luke Jacobsen is just 8 miles from completing a nearly five-month solo backpacking trip at mile 2

Verbatim: Luke Jacobsen

After a long pause, three words came to Luke Jacobsen’s mind while reflecting on his solo trek on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT): “Phenomenal, hard and awesome.”

  • Oct 7, 2015
Luke Jacobsen is just 8 miles from completing a nearly five-month solo backpacking trip at mile 2
Brunell: When forests become the ‘Big Polluters’

Brunell: When forests become the ‘Big Polluters’

We associate air pollution with big cities, but millions of people are feeling the impacts of pollution from wildfires burning from California to Alaska and as far east as Colorado.

  • Sep 30, 2015
Brunell: When forests become the ‘Big Polluters’
Cooper: Trump political correctness!

Cooper: Trump political correctness!

Ever since the now well-known response by Donald Trump, one of the candidates for President — in case you hadn’t heard — in which he said, “A big problem this country has is being politically correct. I don’t have time to be politically correct,” I’ve contemplated just what being politically correct is.

Cooper: Trump political correctness!
The front cover of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association’s annual report for 1967.

Verbatim: Tim Wheeler … and a cow named Maybe

Tim Wheeler shares a story that, as he writes, “ultimately will appear in my memoir, if I ever complete it.”

  • Sep 23, 2015
The front cover of the Dairy Herd Improvement Association’s annual report for 1967.
Cooper: Signs of our time

Cooper: Signs of our time

During the hottest part of the unsettling heat and dryness, my husband and I found ourselves paying a lot more attention to weather forecasts. One particular forecast was being broadcast while we were in a Seattle area hotel having a so called continental breakfast of chunks of scrambled eggs and 1,000-calorie-each muffins.

Cooper: Signs of our time
Burbank: Public school funding will pay off in the end

Burbank: Public school funding will pay off in the end

This week is the real start of the new year. Parents take their 5-year-olds to their first day of kindergarten, kids return to new grades and new expectations, high schools gear up for football and cross country and soccer, the weather turns colder and wetter, the days are shorter and our teachers renew their calling and mission to educate the children of our state.

  • Sep 16, 2015
Burbank: Public school funding will pay off in the end
Cornfield: Not the last word on charter schools?

Cornfield: Not the last word on charter schools?

Try as it might, Washington just can’t get this charter school thing down right.

  • Sep 16, 2015
Cornfield: Not the last word on charter schools?
Editor's Corner: The time I got lost in Boston ...

Editor’s Corner: The time I got lost in Boston …

When I began preparing this column, it started off as a wistful bit of prose ruminating about the passage of time, an elegy of sorts to mark the passing into a new stage of parenthood. And then it turned into a rage piece.

Editor's Corner: The time I got lost in Boston ...
Brunell: Ruling derails school choices

Brunell: Ruling derails school choices

On Sept. 4, the State Supreme Court derailed Washington’s nascent charter school movement when it ruled that charter school Initiative 1240 is unconstitutional.

  • Sep 9, 2015
Brunell: Ruling derails school choices

Cooper: SARC treading water and City going big on parks

Bertha Cooper continues her discussion about SARC and the City of Sequim's possible MPD

Cornfield: No squabble left behind

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
Cornfield: No squabble left behind
Suzan Mansfield

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
Suzan Mansfield
Burbank: Time to get it straight on fully funding education

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
Burbank: Time to get it straight on fully funding education
Cooper: ‘Dog Days’ of summer for SARC

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.”

Cooper: ‘Dog Days’ of summer for SARC
Ryle Lindbergh

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
Ryle Lindbergh