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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Lower Snake River dams' power hard to replace

Gov. Jay Inslee and Sen. Patty Murray, both Democrats, issued a draft report which estimates that breaching the four lower Snake River dams and replacing their electricity and... — Updated 6/16/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Timber milling can foot bill to reduce wildfire

Thinning public woodlands to remove millions of dead trees is a way to generate much needed cash to reduce wildfire risks, improve forest health, and protect rural homeowners and... — Updated 5/12/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Laminated wood can reduce wildfire risk

Wood buildings are making a comeback in the Pacific Northwest thanks to new laminated timber products. Even very large buildings are now constructed with laminated beams and are suc... — Updated 5/5/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

World's Fair highlighted electric vehicles

Seattle’s 1962 World’s Fair was awe-inspiring. It previewed developments that would improve our daily lives in the next millennium. While “Century 21” memories have faded, t... — Updated 4/28/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

War in Ukraine needs flower power

Sunflowers are to Ukraine what tulips are to western Washington. During the blooming season, both are spectacular and represent the best in the people who cultivate and visit those... — Updated 4/14/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Price of gas fuels work from safety of home

With COVID-19 vaccines widely dispensed and masking requirements mostly lifted, will “work from home” end? Will workers return to downtown offices at pre-pandemic levels?... — Updated 4/7/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

LNG can replace more Russian gas

There is an old saying: Don’t let the “perfect” be the “enemy” of the good! That is important to remember as we work our way out of the energy crisis exacerbated by... — Updated 3/24/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ireland: Clean, greener and reopening

When St. Patrick’s Day rolls around March 17, the Irish have lots to celebrate. Ireland is still clean and green. Now, it is spending $15 million to bring visitors back. Irish... — Updated 2/24/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Broaden Snake River salmon review

Washington Sen. Patty Murray and Gov. Jay Inslee announced in October, they’ll listen to diverse viewpoints with open minds to recover salmon and potentially breach the four... — Updated 2/17/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Drop the assault on natural gas

Last year, Gov. Jay Inslee attempted an end run around the legislature by banning natural gas in new homes and commercial buildings via the state’s building codes. It was a bad... — Updated 2/10/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Family owned businesses survive bad time

We are only a couple of weeks into 2022 and it is already shaping up to be another challenging year for America’s 5.5 million family businesses dealing with the coronavirus... — Updated 1/27/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Time to replace state's longterm care legislation

The first order of business when Washington state’s Legislature convenes in Olympia is replacing the state’s new long-term care law. It is fatally flawed. Gov. Jay Inslee and... — Updated 1/19/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Hydroelectric storage yields benefits

Increasing river flows to wash young salmon to sea works; however, once water goes down stream, it is gone. What if we could recycle it in key parts of the Columbia River system... — Updated 1/13/2022

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Americans must return to work

In a U.S. Chamber of Commerce poll released in early December, the findings spell trouble for America’s employers – both private and public. It found that more than 60% of the... — Updated 12/16/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Ignoring debt is not an option

Remember the television ad where the auto mechanic looks viewers straight in the eye and says: “You can pay me now or pay me later!” The message: if you change your car’s oil... — Updated 12/2/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

By George, McGovern was right

Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota was never a darling of conservatives; however, in his later years he shocked fellow Democrats by his outspoken backing for streamlining... — Updated 11/24/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Oil and water really can mix

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... — Updated 11/17/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Honoring our fallen heroes goes beyond lowering flags to half-staff

Lowering our flags to half-staff seems to be an all too familiar sight these days. It is a solemn act that recognizes our fallen heroes, whether they be men and women in our armed... — Updated 11/11/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Japanese hydrogen model could work in-state

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were billed as the “Hydrogen Olympics” Then along came COVID and sporting events worldwide were put on hold. The summer games were delayed until 2021.... — Updated 9/2/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Clearing fuels from forests needed

Massive forest fires in western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke but are leaving behind millions of acres of scorched hillsides, ridges, and... — Updated 8/12/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Massive reforestation effort needed

Massive forest fires in the western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke, but are leaving behind millions of acres of scorched hillsides, ridges... — Updated 8/5/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Water has a greenhouse gas problem

In our zest to quickly switch from gas-powered to battery-operated vehicles and to convert our power grid to wind and solar generated electricity, the impacts of CO2 released from... — Updated 6/15/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Land is the wild card in Biden's green gamble

Shortly after President Biden took office, he issued the sweeping executive order to transition America to TOTAL—-100 percent—-renewable electricity by 2035—-15 short years... — Updated 6/10/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Unemployment insurance (FUTA) 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... — Updated 5/13/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Rethinking legislative 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 legi... — Updated 4/29/2021

 

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