Opinion

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
Michele Roldan-Shaw’s only formal writing training beyond her self-published personal work in high school began at the Sequim Gazette around 2003. Roldan-Shaw has since moved to South Carolina and spent the past seven years honing her journalist skills as a freelance writer

Verbatim: Michele Roldan-Shaw

Michele Roldan-Shaw grew-up in Long Beach, Wash., but spent months at a time visiting her mom in Sequim while and after attending The Evergreen State College. In about 2003, Roldan-Shaw recalls getting her true start and only formal training in the field of journalism with the Sequim Gazette.

  • Sep 2, 2014
Michele Roldan-Shaw’s only formal writing training beyond her self-published personal work in high school began at the Sequim Gazette around 2003. Roldan-Shaw has since moved to South Carolina and spent the past seven years honing her journalist skills as a freelance writer

Cooper: The wonderful world of wondering

A couple of columns ago I wrote about the importance of science and the scientific method. I wrote of my deep concern that we are teaching our children that they can disregard proven facts and conclusions and just pick a truth like picking the color of their rooms.

Roger Mull

Verbatim: Roger Mull

Sequim resident Roger Mull calls his own journey a “Circuitous Route to Sequim.” After living and working for 20-plus years on the coast of South Carolina, Mull changed gears (and careers), moving to Montana and, by July 2012, to Sequim.

  • Aug 26, 2014
Roger Mull

Brunell: State employment numbers are strong, but warning lights are flashing

The good news is Washington is separating itself from the national jobless rate. In July, an average 6.2 percent of Americans were looking for work, while Washington’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent.

  • Aug 19, 2014
Phil Dyer

Change is coming for Washington’s state health insurance exchange

It has been nearly three years since Washington began to build its state-based insurance exchange and profoundly expanded Medicaid.

  • Aug 16, 2014
Phil Dyer
Mia Underwood of Sequim stands by the rocks and tide pools on a visit to Ucluelet

Verbatim: Mia Underwood

Mia Underwood, an eighth-grade student at Olympic Peninsula Academy in Sequim, and her family went on a 10-day vacation on Vancouver Island recently.

  • Aug 15, 2014
Mia Underwood of Sequim stands by the rocks and tide pools on a visit to Ucluelet
Paul and Karen Haines enjoy a drink over the water in Oporto

Verbatim: Paul Haines

Last week, Paul Haines, 62, the City of Sequim’s Public Works director, announced he is moving on this November after four-plus years in town. The news comes after Haines took a three-month leave of absence to walk 500 miles along El Camino de Santiago or The Way of St. James across northern Spain.

Paul and Karen Haines enjoy a drink over the water in Oporto

Burbank: Grads well versed in economics

In June, I got to watch the seniors at Ballard High School graduate into the next phase of their lives. They were happy. They had more than just made it through their childhoods.

  • Aug 13, 2014

Stack: The true story of a scam

It all happened on Tuesday, July 29 — a typical summer day in Sequim, a foggy morning. Then, sunny by 11 a.m. or noon, the phone rang.

  • Aug 13, 2014
Tim Wheeler at the main intersection in Sequim in 2012.

Verbatim: Tim Wheeler

Tim Wheeler is a Sequim High School graduate from the Class of 1958. In the July edition of the The Ditchwalker, the Sequim Alumni Association’s newsletter, Wheeler recounts a chance encounter with a man whose son would become President of the United States.

  • Aug 6, 2014
Tim Wheeler at the main intersection in Sequim in 2012.

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

A few weeks back, I wrote about the burden we seem to be placing on students coming out of college. Now I have a number: $23,293.

The nature of Sequim

I was a city dweller most of my life. I grew up in Seattle outside the city limits in the early days in a neighborhood with small new houses with yards, flower gardens and picket fences. The wildest life we saw were robins and garter snakes.

Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 1492 — from left

Verbatim: Boy Scout Troop 1492 (via leader Mike Cobb)

Among other activites, Boy Scout Troop 1492 holds it annual Scout fruit fundraiser. The fruits are all organic, including peaches, pears and nectarines available for pick up late August with apples and cider available for pick up in early November. Order at scoutfruit@gmail.com or 504-1960.

  • Jul 23, 2014
Scouts in Boy Scout Troop 1492 — from left

SARC board pleads; the public pays

The SARC board of commissioners is now broadcasting doom and gloom before the district’s voting public when pleading for support for the proposed February 2015 M&O levy. Chairman (Frank) Pickering is quoted as saying, “It was time to act, so we acted.”

  • Jul 15, 2014
Tracy Blume and grandson Killian

Verbatim: Tracy Blume

After four years away from the event she co-founded, Tracy Blume Thompson returns to Jazz in the Alley during Sequim Lavender Weekend.

  • Jul 15, 2014
Tracy Blume and grandson Killian