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 By Don Brunell    Opinion 

Making their way to America

As we prepare for the upcoming holidays, we must be grateful for what we have and focus on our needs rather than fixate on what we want and crave. Being thankful starts with an... — Updated 11/21/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Never forget our vets

While the last veterans who survived the “surprise” Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor are dwindling rapidly, we cannot let their sacrifices and the memories of that horrific day t... — Updated 11/8/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Return of the sockeye

In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake located deep in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains — the end of his... — Updated 11/1/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Hydrogen hubs could hasten switch from diesel in big rigs

President Biden’s $65 billion infrastructure bill contains $8 billion for regional hubs to develop ways to produce and distribute hydrogen fuel. One is planned for the Pacific... — Updated 10/25/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Biden's lease cancelations hurts Washington

While media focus was on Joe Biden’s decree putting a tiny plot of land within the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) off limits to oil and gas exploration, reporters ignored... — Updated 9/20/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Banning trucks running on diesel, natural gas is reckless

There is an axiom: Don’t let the perfect get in the way of the good! That is important to remember when it comes to improving our air quality. While climate activists want to... — Updated 9/13/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Service to America avoids student debt

With students returning to college campuses, it is time to consider other ways for them to pay for tuition, books and living expenses. Too often, they resort to borrowing. Now,... — Updated 9/6/2023

 By Don Brunell    News

Focus on power lines to avoid wildfires, losses

Many fingers are again pointed at electric utilities because downed power lines are suspected of starting another horrific wildfire — the one that raced through Lahaina killing hu... — Updated 8/23/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Snake River Whac-A-Model needs to stop

To supporters of the four Lower Snake River Dams, the latest news that President Biden continues to pursue dam breaching is not shocking, but surprising, considering the growing... — Updated 6/21/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Mining mine wastes key to critical minerals supply

China’s growing dominance of critical metals production and stockpiles is setting off global alarms. It has American manufacturers in a bind as they ramp up domestic electric... — Updated 6/14/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Cash for empties works in Oregon

When Oregon enacted the nation’s first bottle bill in 1971, it was intended to reduce litter on the state’s beaches, along roads, and in parks. It was a cleanup, not a recycling... — Updated 6/7/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Build our future electricity supply around hydropower

Although New Zealand and Washington are located a half a world apart, they have lots in common — beautiful seashores, majestic mountains, crystal clear streams and lakes, and... — Updated 5/24/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

It's that time of the year

Some would argue that spring is the most wonderful time of the year in Washington. Throughout our state fruit trees blossom, vibrant tulip fields bloom, and colorful lentils... — Updated 5/10/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Employers struggle to find work balance

Today, employers continue to struggle finding enough workers while attempting to bring people back to the office (work sites). A key problem is there simply aren’t enough people... — Updated 4/12/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

School safety needs wider attention

My mom would be horrified by the rash of violence in our schools today. The most recent tragedy at Covenant School in Nashville, where three students and three adults were shot to... — Updated 4/5/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

People depend more on local pharmacies for medical information

While the coronavirus clobbered many businesses, pharmacies were not among them. In fact, since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared COVID-19 a pandemic, local pharmacists... — Updated 2/22/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

America needs Navy's nuclear expertise to meet electricity demands

It’s past time for an energy reality check. If we are to meet our soaring demand for electricity and produce it without coal and natural gas, we must double down on nuclear... — Updated 2/15/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

The ban on gas stoves is just the beginning

After the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) took major heat last week from considering a nationwide ban on gas stoves, the Biden Administration quickly reversed... — Updated 1/25/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Boeing's comeback is welcome news

How about some encouraging news for our state? It even made the front page of the Wall Street Journal. Although Boeing didn’t outsell or make more airplane deliveries than its... — Updated 1/18/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

European data centers looking to capture heat

Coupled with the rapid growth of data centers we rely upon for internet service and information storage is an increased demand for electricity to power millions of computers and... — Updated 1/11/2023

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

America needs all of the above energy approach

Looking ahead to 2023, one of the most significant shifts America needs is to return to is an “All of the Above” strategy which expands our energy options rather than further... — Updated 12/28/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Veterans' Wreaths spread across America

The Holiday Season is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving lost loved ones. Evergreen wreaths placed on veterans’ graves across America help to ease that pain. More... — Updated 12/21/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Expanded Panama Canal challenges Washington ports

The $5.4 billion expansion of the Panama Canal is paying off for East Coast and Gulf of Mexico seaports. It is putting pressure on the Pacific Ocean-based terminals to be more... — Updated 12/14/2022

 By Don Brunell    Opinion

People returning to stores

The good news is, despite higher prices, inflation and safety concerns, more Christmas shoppers are browsing on-line but making in-store purchases. The National Retail Federation... — Updated 11/30/2022

 By Don Brunel    Opinion

Honoring fallen heroes goes beyond lowering flags to half-mast

Lowering our flags to half-staff is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed forces or police officers killed in the line of duty. It is a vivid reminder of the ultimate sacrifice... — Updated 11/9/2022


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