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 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Cost of Boeing airplanes at heart of job cuts

Boeing’s new cost-reduction plan has deep ramifications for Washington because the bulk of the 4,500 job cuts are likely to land here. CEO Dennis Muilenburg asked investors to... — Updated 4/6/2016 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Boeing has quite a lot riding on 737 MAX

When Boeing rolled out its first 737 MAX last month, there was little fanfare. Nevertheless, its importance to the company’s future and our state can’t be overstated. The good news is Boeing delivered more airplanes last year... — Updated 1/13/2016 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Wreaths for every American in uniform

On Dec. 12, Montana Congressman Ryan Zinke patiently waited two hours in line with 70,000 volunteers at Arlington National Cemetery to collect wreaths and secure them to headstones. Thousands of others across our nation joined... — Updated 12/21/2015 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Apply Navy's nuclear technology to civilian use

Today, many elected officials are fixated on tearing down coal-fired power plants and replacing them with solar and wind farms. But that isn’t practical, because when there is no wind or sunlight, those plants produce no... — Updated 11/9/2015 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Changes to Obamacare are coming

Maybe there is finally something Democrats and Republicans can agree on — fixing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare. From the day it was signed into law in 2010, Republicans have tried unsuccessfully to... — Updated 10/28/2015 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Tesla and the mining business

Tesla is the premium entry in the electric car market, with a starting price of $75,000. According to the Wall Street Journal, the high-end “Signature” model costs $132,000, slightly more than the base price for Porsche’s... — Updated 9/16/2015 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Promoting spud popularity in China

In China, the government has launched an “eat more potatoes” campaign – and Washington state could benefit as a result. China’s potato push is, in part, an environmental effort to provide more clean drinking water for its... — Updated 9/2/2015 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Bob Morton represented his people unconditionally

Imagine rolling into Olympia in your travel trailer each year for the start of the legislative session knowing your district has the highest unemployment in the state and the lowest average annual wage. Folks in your sprawling... — Updated 8/19/2015 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Time to revive the Black Rock Reservoir plan

Yakima Valley farmers have the same problem as their California counterparts: there just isn’t enough water for crops, migrating fish and people. In California this year, an estimated 564,000 acres of prime cropland will be left... — Updated 7/1/2015 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Connecting the Dots . . .

How is Seattle’s Lighthouse for the Blind connected to the Export-Import Bank? Very closely. Since 1918, The Lighthouse for the Blind has provided education, training and... — Updated 5/13/2015 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

New rail safety regulations welcome

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has announced new rules that reduce the vapor pressure in oil tanker cars leaving his state’s booming oil patch. The goal is to reduce the risk of fiery explosions like the one that killed 47... — Updated 4/8/2015 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Can Washington avert California's water wars?

California is in the midst of a fierce water war, a conflict that holds lessons for us in Washington state. In many ways, we are alike. Both of our states’ populations are growing and we have some of the world’s most prolific... — Updated 3/11/2015 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Making college affordable Is vital to America

When my parents graduated from high school in 1936, a college education was too expensive for the son of a copper miner and the daughter of a plumber. Eighty years ago, our country... — Updated 1/9/2015 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Counting our blessings

It’s that time of year when we count our blessings. In America, they are abundant, especially this year. For starters, the unemployment rate is down from 7 percent last December to 5.8 percent. Washington state mirrors the nation... — Updated 12/23/2014 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Moses Lake helps put BMW World center stage in MunichMoses Lake helps put BMW World center stage in Munich

There is a new look to Bavarian tourism these days. In the past, tourists flocked to Munich’s city square like Seattle’s New Year’s revelers at the Space Needle. They came to see the ancient Glockenspiel, a giant cuckoo clock... — Updated 11/12/2014 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Connecting the dots to lower gas prices

It’s often difficult to “connect the dots,” to show people how the global marketplace affects their daily lives. But plunging gasoline prices are giving Americans a first-hand lesson in the law of supply and demand. The law... — Updated 11/5/2014 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

Freshwater shortage looming as next world crisis

Remember the rhyme of the Ancient Mariner: “Water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink?” Even though water covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, less than two percen... — Updated 9/24/2014 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

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... — Updated 8/13/2014 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

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... — Updated 6/18/2014 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

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 th... — Updated 4/30/2014 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

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... — Updated 2/12/2014 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

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... — Updated 12/30/2013 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

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... — Updated 12/4/2013 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

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... — Updated 10/23/2013 Full story

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion

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... — Updated 9/25/2013 Full story

 

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