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 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

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Good news from Hanford scientists

It isn’t often we hear good news from Hanford, but the Deptartment of Energy recently announced nation’s first commercial advanced nuclear power reactor would be developed on... — Updated 4/22/2021

 
 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... — Updated 3/25/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

TVW, an antidote for dwindling trust in media

America’s media is suffering from a truth deficit leaving many to wonder where to go for honest, reliable and accurate information. Unfortunately, it is not the mainstream or... — Updated 3/18/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Austin's tax incentives, friendliness is working

These days the mere mention of tax incentives for factories touches off a major firestorm in Seattle and you’d better be looking for an expeditious way out of town. Not so in... — Updated 3/11/2021

 
 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 include the impact of breaching dams in his... — Updated 2/25/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

'Work from home' to continue post-pandemic

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!... — Updated 1/21/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Wildfires were the 'big polluters' of 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... — Updated 1/20/2021

 
 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... — Updated 1/14/2021

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Wildfires were the 'big polluters' of 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... — Updated 12/31/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Despite COVID, wreaths 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... — Updated 12/23/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

E-waste reduction requires innovative approaches

“One of the biggest challenges of the 21st Century is dealing with the progress of the 20th Century – especially old computers, monitors, cellular phones and televisions. These... — Updated 12/10/2020

 

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