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 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 13, 2014

Bathtubs, smokestacks and a five-star resort:Lessons from Kohler, Wisconsin

Today, there is a tendency to look with distain at manufacturing facilities, especially those located on working waterfronts. Historically, those factories were sited there because the raw materials...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    June 18, 2014

America needs a turnaround leader like Alan Mulally

Later this year, Alan Mulally will leave Ford Motor Company. On July 1, he turns the reins over to 53-year-old Mark Fields, closing a storied career at Ford and Boeing. While he hasn’t divulged his...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    April 30, 2014

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. We awake to a warm house, turn night into day with the flip of a light s...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    February 12, 2014

Approve the Keystone Pipeline

The Seattle Times headline said it all: “Obama running out of reasons to reject Keystone XL.” For five years, the Keystone XL pipeline has been mired in studies, red tape and delay. Now, the...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    December 30, 2013

We all need a fresh start in 2014

The New Year is traditionally a time for reflection and renewal. A shiny new year lies ahead, full of promise. The New Year is a time when people pledge to change their lives: lose weight, stop...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    December 4, 2013

Preserve affordable health insurance

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler made national news when he quickly rejected President Obama’s call for insurers to extend individual health insurance policies cancelled...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    October 23, 2013

Lonesome Larry has lots of friends

In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, the end of his migratory journey. Biologists...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    September 25, 2013

ESA listing could undercut Washington's economy

A small critter is causing big problems in the South Puget Sound. It’s called the Mazama pocket gopher. Some 100,000 pocket gophers inhabit prairie lands throughout northern California, Oregon and...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    September 4, 2013

On the minimum wage debate

The SeaTac minimum wage initiative is in limbo. The central element of Proposition 1 is a $15-per-hour minimum wage for workers at SeaTac Airport and area hotels, restaurants and car rental agencies....

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 28, 2013

Different strategy, same results

Different strategy, same results There’s an old saying, “There’s more than one way to catch a cat.” It means, if you don’t succeed one way, try again using a different strategy.  In this...

 
 By Don Brunell    News    July 31, 2013

Weighing Washington's high cost of doing business

Gov. Jay Inslee was in New York for the world rollout of BMW’s new electric car, the BMW i3, which is partially built in Washington. We are all justifiably proud of our state’s role and see the car as a harbinger of Washington’s economic future...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    May 29, 2013

Oil and water can coexist

There’s an old saying that oil and water don’t mix. That may be true, but apparently they coexist quite well. Traveling through Sweetwater in west Texas, you see an interesting mix of irrigated farming, cattle ranching, oil production and wind...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    March 27, 2013

Honoring Booth Gardner

The tributes to former Gov. Booth Gardner, who died March 15 at the age of 76, remind us of a better time. Throughout his political career, Booth was known for his respectful demeanor, good humor and...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    March 6, 2013

People helping people

In November 1982, our state’s unemployment rate peaked at 12.2 percent, the highest since the Great Depression. Interest on a fixed rate home loan was 13.4 percent, and an 11.5-percent inflation rat...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    February 13, 2013

Washington state missing out on tourist dollars

When we moved from Montana to Olympia 35 years ago, we saw enticing television and magazine ads for our neighboring states, but none for Washington. Fast forward to 2013 and nothing has changed. It...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    January 30, 2013

California vs. Texas

California and Texas are like the two biggest kids on the block going toe-to-toe for bragging rights. Who’s the biggest? Who’s the best? Bravado aside, comparing the business climate in these two...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    November 21, 2012

All students need solid grounding in math, science

In “the good old days,” schools emphasized “reading, writing and arithmetic” taught to the tune of the hickory stick. But today, we seem to have created a two-tiered education philosophy....

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    September 25, 2012

ESA listing could undercut Washington's economy

A small critter is causing big problems in the South Puget Sound. It’s called the Mazama pocket gopher. Some 100,000 pocket gophers inhabit prairie lands throughout northern California, Oregon and...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    September 12, 2012

Are we getting railroaded?

Recently, Matthew Rose, CEO of BNSF Railway, visited editorial boards in Vancouver, Spokane, Seattle and Bellingham to talk about a variety of issues related to increased train traffic. However, the...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    July 4, 2012

Safe roads important to quality of life

Any realtor will tell you people looking to buy a home want good schools and safe neighborhoods. They also look for decent roads for when they head to the mountains or the beach during holiday...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    May 30, 2012

Will the Northwest Economy Be a Casualty of the War on Coal?

Activists waging a national war on coal have turned their sights on the Pacific Northwest, targeting proposed shipping terminals in Washington and Oregon that would export coal to China. They’re...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    May 16, 2012

Roll on Columbia

In 1942, the completion of Grand Coulee Dam was hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Seventy years later, most of us aren’t aware of what that dam or the others on the Columbia River...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    February 8, 2012

When it comes to taxes, keep it simple

“Keep it simple.” This old saying is more than a bumper sticker slogan, it’s a principle that is especially important when it comes to taxes and regulations. Washington employers have been...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    February 1, 2012

What a relief: power’s back on

An old TV commercial for an antacid once asked heartburn sufferers, “How do you spell relief?” For thousands of western Washington people left in the dark by winter storms, the word is...