Opinion

Cooper: Park … where?

I truly intended to write an insightful, even supportive, column about SARC and its board’s current survival strategy to find a secure home as a Metropolitan Park District.

Irrigation Festival queen Megan O'Mera

Random Questions: Megan O’Mera

By now, it’s likely you know Megan O’Mera’s face. The Sequim High School junior is the Sequim Irrigation Festival queen and is heading into her second week of one of the busiest weeks of her young life making appearances, singing and smiling for a lot of photos aside from trying to find time for AP classes and the high school golf team.

  • May 6, 2015
Irrigation Festival queen Megan O'Mera

Burbank: No easy fix for state for state education

The Legislature is at loggerheads, with the Democrat-controlled House and the Republican-controlled Senate far apart in their proposed budgets.

  • May 6, 2015

Cooper: Root cause analyses hurt

Regulations, whether through government, professional bodies or private ruling entities, can be a pain. Health care, my industry, is near the top — if not over the top — with regulation.

Rock Doc: A light fast twice per week may make sense

Rock Doc: A light fast twice per week may make sense

It certainly sounded like a fad to me. A while ago I caught a program on public television about a medical doctor in Great Britain. Dr. Michael Mosley, like millions in both that country and in the U.S., found that in middle age he needed to lose weight and lower his blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

  • Apr 22, 2015
Rock Doc: A light fast twice per week may make sense
Brunell: Tax Freedom Day comes later than usual

Brunell: Tax Freedom Day comes later than usual

Will you celebrate Tax Freedom Day this year? Until April 24, every penny we’ve earned in 2015 goes to pay your taxes.

  • Apr 22, 2015
Brunell: Tax Freedom Day comes later than usual
Susan Sorensen

A vote for SARC is a vote for community

In a perfect world, with sunshine and lavender aplenty, the Dungeness Valley already would have a broad, user-based Metropolitan Park District. It would make good economic and practical sense to partner with the county and City of Sequim, along with other users of recreational activities throughout the district, like the senior center, pickleball, tennis and soccer players and others. But we do not live in a perfect world right now.

  • Apr 15, 2015
Susan Sorensen
Steve Burkett

A Metropolitan Park District for Sequim: What problem are we solving?

Recently there has been a community discussion regarding proposals to submit to the voters for their approval a Metropolitan Park District (MPD). In my view the problem we need to solve is that parks and recreation services and facilities in the Sequim community are underfunded and do not meet current needs or expectations.

  • Apr 15, 2015
Steve Burkett
How did our lawmakers vote?

How did our lawmakers vote?

Senate Bill 5077, proposed 2015-2017 state operating budget; House Bill 1299, Proposed transportation budget for the 2015-2017 biennium; Senate Bill 6088, addressing K-12 education enhancements made by Initiative 1351; Senate Bill 5518, Creating procedures to address campus sexual violence; Senate Bill 5153, Increasing the transparency of campaign contributions

  • Apr 15, 2015
How did our lawmakers vote?

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?

How did our lawmakers vote?

Recent voting scorecard for Sequim-area legislators in Olympia

  • Apr 8, 2015
How did our lawmakers vote?

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
Dave Brackett

Verbatim: Dave Brackett

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

  • Mar 30, 2015
Dave Brackett
Dr. E. Kristen Peters

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
Dr. E. Kristen Peters

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.

Sequim residents Cheryl and Garland Frankfurth have visited 368 national parks and national park-affiliated sties throughout the country and in hopes of passing on their passion for travel and history onto their grandchildren

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
Sequim residents Cheryl and Garland Frankfurth have visited 368 national parks and national park-affiliated sties throughout the country and in hopes of passing on their passion for travel and history onto their grandchildren