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 By Don Brunell    Opinion 

Like Poland, America needs change

On July 4, 1975, America proudly celebrated its Bicentennial as the world’s greatest nation while Poland was a suppressed Soviet satellite state. Poles had no right to free... — Updated 7/1/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Washington needs to change to stay on top

In early June, the financial website WalletHub released its rankings of “Best and Worse State Economies” and Washington led the field of 51 as best by a healthy margin.... — Updated 6/24/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

China's push for high-tech dominance

While the coronavirus pandemic and civil unrest are front page news, China’s unrelenting push to leap over our country in critical technology and hoarding of strategic metals... — Updated 6/17/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Brighter future for papermakers

In recent years, papermakers in the Pacific Northwest have been losing ground. However, today there is a ray of hope. Surprisingly, that optimism results from the COVID-19 pandemic.... — Updated 5/20/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Coronavirus, work must coexist

By now it is apparent that, barring a miracle, a cure for COVID-19 will not happen soon; however, to make it a condition of removing the economic lockdown would be a catastrophic... — Updated 5/13/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Thank the truckers

As we get deeper into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are finding more Americans to thank. Until recently, truckers have been behind the scenes just doing their jobs, but as shoppers... — Updated 4/22/2020 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

TP shortage is tip of iceberg

If you think the run on toilet paper is just an American thing, think again. On March 10, Business Insider (BI) reported: “The spread of the coronavirus has brought with it... — Updated 3/18/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Coronavirus testing telecommuting effectiveness

Nobody knows how deep the impact of the coronavirus will be, but one thing that it is destined to test is how effectively people will work from home. Washington is at the point of... — Updated 3/11/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Legislators must find better ways to reduce CO2

Washington and Oregon lawmakers want to end their legislative sessions; however, accounting for the costs of carbon emissions is a major roadblock. In Salem, rural Republican senato... — Updated 3/4/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Colorado River water problems worsening

Last week, we visited the Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona. It is part of our National Parks “bucket list.” The trip was a real eye-opener. The Canyon is... — Updated 2/26/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Cheers for American Legion

The 2020 race for the White House is heating. It’s shaping up to be a referendum on America’s market-based economic system. The central question: is government or the private... — Updated 2/19/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Worn out wind blades plugging up landfills

While wind farms generate “greenhouse gas free” electricity, there is increasing concern over the rapidly growing number of worn out blades ending up in landfills. Those... — Updated 2/12/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Dams are the Northwest flood busters

A year ago, much of America’s heartland was inundated by Missouri River flood waters. At least 1 million acres of U.S. farmland in nine major grain-producing states were under... — Updated 1/22/2020

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Boeing needs strong tailwinds

As we launch into 2020 and the ensuing decade, Boeing faces very strong head winds which are major concerns for those of us living in the Pacific Northwest. Things are vastly... — Updated 12/31/2019

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Caring local small businesses make ours 'A Wonderful Life'

At Christmas, millions watch the 1946 movie classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” While it is labeled “fantasy drama,” the show gives us a glimpse of reality and reminds us... — Updated 12/24/2019

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Hydrogen fuel cells gaining momentum

In the coming decade, investors are betting that hydrogen will become a prominent fuel that can eliminate CO2 discharges from the vehicles it energizes. According to the U.S.... — Updated 12/11/2019

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Boeing's resiliency tested

The grounding of the 737MAX is testing Boeing’s resiliency. It has turned the company upside down in just six months. Boeing executives and engineers have been under duress since... — Updated 11/20/2019

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Greatest generation quickly slipping into history

Just before Veterans Day, the last known survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor died at age 98. With the passing of George Hursey of Massachusetts, it closed that chapter o... — Updated 11/13/2019

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

The wildfire season that wasn't

The Oregonian characterized the 2019 wildfire season as the “season that wasn’t!” That’s good news for West Coast states; however, it doesn’t mean we are permanently... — Updated 10/16/2019

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

High costs drive people to move

Too often, elected officials overlook the cumulative costs of regulations, taxes and fees on taxpayers; however, it comes back to bite them hard when people move or take matters... — Updated 10/9/2019

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Drones planting trees in burned wildlands

Drones planting trees in burned wildlands While drones are coming of age in firefighting, they are also establishing a foothold in restoring fire-scorched forests. Firefighting drones grabbed the spotlight last April 15 as viewers... — Updated 8/21/2019

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Alternative to flaring natural gas

In oil rich West Texas, shale producers and pipeline owner Williams Co. are fighting over whether new “burning off of natural gas” permits should be approved. It is a battle... — Updated 7/31/2019

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

China's mighty migrating mandate

What happens in China, doesn’t always stay in China. In fact, when it comes to tough new garbage and recycling restrictions, they may migrate elsewhere sooner than you might... — Updated 7/10/2019

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Rare Earth metal dilemma

Hopefully, when American and Chinese leaders meet to resolve trade differences, talks won’t break down and result in a new round of tariffs or product restrictions. It is in both... — Updated 6/26/2019

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Removing Snake River dams is unwise

There are dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t. Hopefully, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts its review of the 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake... — Updated 5/22/2019

 

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