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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Bumper Car Therapy

Over the last 40 years our family has vacationed at the same place on the beach. While the buildings have been refurbished, the complex remains largely unchanged. The exception was last year when the COVID pandemic shutdown travel... — Updated 7/7/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

The power of our interconnected grid with ample supply

How about some good news coming out of our record-breaking (extreme) heat wave? Luckily, we live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and are reaping the benefits from our well-connected power grid, which is supplied with abundant el... — Updated 6/30/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Family tree farms a key to cutting greenhouse gases

As climate change concerns grow, researchers are turning to small tree farmers for help. Actually, they have been helping for nearly a century, but their efforts have largely gone unrecognized. For decades, the American Tree Farm... — Updated 6/23/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Build our future electricity supply around hydropower

Although New Zealand and Washington are located half a world apart, they have lots in common — beautiful seashores, majestic mountains, crystal clear streams and lakes, and — vibrant salmon and trout fisheries. Both are... — Updated 5/19/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Unemployment insurance intended as a bridge between jobs

When Congress established the Federal Unemployment Tax Act (FUTA) in 1935, it was intended to provide temporary and partial income replacement for workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own. It was supposed to be a... — Updated 5/12/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Rethinking natural gas bans

Sometimes being first isn’t good. Such is the case with legislation making Washington the only state to ban natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings. Thankfully, the legislators ended their session in Olympia and left th... — Updated 4/28/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Good news from Hanford

It isn’t often we hear good news from Hanford, but the Dept. of Energy recently announced the nation’s first commercial advanced nuclear power reactor would be developed on the massive federal reservation north of Richland.... — Updated 4/14/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ever Given grounding underscores vulnerability of global supply chain

The Ever Given’s grounding in one of the narrowest parts of the Suez Canal underscores the vulnerability of the world’s supply chain. The reverberations will be felt for months as consumer demand, suppressed by the COVID... — Updated 4/7/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Keeping America's semiconductor edge is paramount

Surprisingly, there is something U.S. Presidents agree upon: America’s economic and national security hinge upon maintaining our technology edge in semiconductors. Those tiny computer chips are the brains of modern electronics.... — Updated 3/24/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Removing Snake River dams is unwise

Idaho Congressman Mike Simpson’s $33 billion plan to remove the lower Snake River dams is unwise. However, if he pushes it, he needs to include the impact of breaching dams in his home state, which completely shuts off salmon... — Updated 2/17/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Super Bowl ads: super expensive, super perplexing

Why would any company spend $5.5 million for a 30-second Super Bowl ad that leaves viewers perplexed, as some glitzy and abstract commercials did? After production costs are tacked on, you’d think advertisers would want their... — Updated 2/10/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Work from home is here to stay

With COVID-19 vaccines being widely dispensed, will an end to this pandemic halt “work from home?” Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels? Not likely! However, it is not an either/or question, said... — Updated 1/13/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Bracing for bigger changes

Now that vaccines are available, we hope our lives will return to the way they were before the coronavirus pandemic blanketed the globe. That is not likely to occur. Last March our booming economy was clobbered by COVID-19. A... — Updated 1/6/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Wildfires were "Big Polluters" in 2020

While the coronavirus and its devastating effects on people and economies worldwide were unfortunately the top 2020 stories, the massive impact of western wildfires can’t be ignored. It was catastrophic. The National Interagency... — Updated 12/30/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Despite coronavirus, wreaths were placed across America

Christmas is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. Try adding a crippling killer virus into that mix. That is the tragic reality of 2020. Even though the traditional ceremonies attended by thousands... — Updated 12/23/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business needs to tell its story

Many years ago, a reporter asked George Weyerhaeuser, then CEO of Weyerhaeuser Co., why his company spent so much time and money informing its workers, public officials and people about its business of growing trees and converting... — Updated 9/25/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Christmas wreaths help ease pain

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. It is especially hard when they were slain in the line of duty while protecting our country. It hit home again last month when Army sergeants Eric Emond, 3... — Updated 12/26/2018

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Bad labels tough to shed

The battle in Seattle over the city council’s imposition of a head tax on large companies is generating disparaging labels which local elected leaders likely will come to regret. As a mayor, the last things you want are “anti-b... — Updated 5/30/2018

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

New approaches needed to fight super wildfires

With western wildfires growing in size and destroying more homes, farms and businesses, there is a need for new tools and approaches. The infernos are spreading so fast they are outstripping our ability to fight them in... — Updated 5/9/2018

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Skilled trade jobs go unfilled in our robust economy

Millions of college graduates find themselves saddled with crushing debt, and more than a third of them won’t be working in their chosen profession. Many will be working for low wages. Meanwhile, millions of high-paid jobs are... — Updated 4/25/2018

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

From the Alamo to the Snake River

Most of the 2.5 million annual Alamo visitors focus on the epic 1836 battle in which a small band of brave Texans was eventually overrun by the Mexican army. Folk heroes like Davy Crockett, Jim Bowie and William Travis were among... — Updated 3/28/2018

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Cities balancing budgets with fees

Have you carefully checked your utility bills lately? Most people don’t unless they are monsters like the ones for garbage in Scranton, PA, and Los Angeles. In Vancouver, WA, our garbage and recycling bill now has an added... — Updated 2/14/2018

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

North Korean guest workers booted

It’s not good to be a North Korean guest worker these days. As part of stepped-up sanctions against the rogue nation’s accelerated nuclear and ballistic missile development programs, countries around the world are expelling... — Updated 1/31/2018

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

China's Sword Policy cutting deep into recycling

Earlier this month, China launched its “national sword” policy which bans many recyclable materials it traditionally imported. Meanwhile, its upcoming March edict imposing a lower limit on contaminants is having global... — Updated 1/18/2018

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Million wreaths across America

Christmas is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. It is especially painful for America’s military families whose son, daughter, spouse or parent was killed while serving in uniform. Normally, the... — Updated 12/20/2017

 

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