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 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Run on toilet paper is just the tip of the iceberg

If you think the run on toilet paper is just an American thing, think again. On March 10, Business Insider reported: “The spread of the coronavirus has brought with it panic-buying of food and household essentials, despite the... — Updated 3/18/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Solution needed for turbine blades

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 blades, housed on giant towers reaching over 200-feet in... — Updated 3/4/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Healthy workers key to virus control

Keeping hospitals and health workers healthy is key to fighting diseases. With new and more deadly viruses, the job is more challenging. Although the coronavirus has captured the world’s attention, it is important to note the... — Updated 2/20/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Commentary: Copper is making a comeback

Government leaders, doctors, and medical researchers worldwide are working feverishly to stop the spread of the coronavirus and keep it from becoming a global pandemic. Wuhan, one of China’s major transportation hubs whose popula... — Updated 1/30/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Sulfur standard aims to curtail maritime fuel oil

With the new decade comes an international air pollution regulation which hastens the switch from high sulfur fuel oil to either diesel or LNG in ocean-going ships. The mandate drops the sulfur content from 3.5 to .5%. While that... — Updated 1/8/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: For the sake of Washington's economy, Boeing needs strong tailwinds in 2020

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 different now. In my first column of 2019, I wrote that... — Updated 1/2/2020

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: 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 of the importance of caring local business owners.... — Updated 12/26/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Bridges shouldn't have to sink to be replaced

Bridges shouldn’t have to sink to be replaced. However, at times that’s what it takes. Too often new projects succumb to years of fighting among interest groups and endless political bickering. In 2013, opposition killed... — Updated 12/19/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Hydrogen fuel cells gaining momentum

In the coming decade, investors are betting that hydrogen will become a prominent fuel which can eliminate CO2 discharges from the vehicles it energizes. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) the transportat... — Updated 12/12/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Retail-tainment may save malls in future

Preliminary sales trends from Small Business Saturday show a continuing increase in smartphone purchases even among shoppers patronizing local merchants. According to the Associated Press (AP), Adobe Analytics said smartphone... — Updated 12/5/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Boeing's resiliency is being tested

The grounding of the 737 MAX 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 the two fatal crashes killing 346 people in... — Updated 11/21/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Greatest Generation 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 of World War II, the world’s most deadly conflict... — Updated 11/14/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Examining the power of reliable power

Our state’s economy and way of life hinges on low cost and reliable electricity. Since Grand Coulee and Bonneville dams were completed in the early 1940s, Washington has enjoyed both. We are accustomed to flipping a switch and... — Updated 10/31/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Commentary: Cosmic Crisp is needed lift for state of Washington

Imagine tuning into the Sunday morning talk shows and wondering if the politicians and commentators could possibly find something positive to say about one another or the state of affairs in America. Unfortunately, there is a... — Updated 10/24/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: 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 into their own hands by initiative. Consider what... — Updated 10/10/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Turn America's innovators loose on greenhouse gases

Assuming that reducing greenhouse gases are an ongoing challenge, we need government policies and the “political will” to turn our nation’s entreprehenuers and researchers lose to take risks and innovate. We must establish... — Updated 10/3/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: 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 9/26/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Mitsubishi launching into regional jet space

Traditionally, media coverage of the Paris Air Show focuses on the battle between Boeing and Airbus over market share for newer large commercial jets. However, this year Mitsubishi shared the spotlight with its state-of-the-art... — Updated 9/19/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Commentary: It is time to talk about our national debt

Our nation is on an unsustainable borrowing trajectory and it could get much worse unless voters start asking politicians: “How are taxpayers going to pay for what they promise!” We now owe over $22.5 trillion to lenders of whi... — Updated 9/12/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Labor Day epilogue: Unions and employers partnering for success

A few years ago on Labor Day, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee presented a compelling commentary on the need for employers and employees to set aside their differences and partner. That very same message should be heeded by o... — Updated 8/28/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: 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 around the world watched Notre Dame... — Updated 8/22/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Locomotives operated by battery are coming

More battery operated cars and trucks are making their way on to streets and highways, so why not trains? That may not be too far off if BNSF tests are successful. BNSF and Wabtec (formerly GE Transportation) are developing a batte... — Updated 8/14/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Washington must be careful not to follow Sweden's haste

Sweden and Washington State are very similar. Both have strong “green” movements and are quickly moving to eliminate all carbon-emitting fuels from cars and power plants. The caution for Washington elected officials is not to... — Updated 8/8/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Examining alternatives 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 between companies that are usually aligned. Flaring... — Updated 8/1/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: America's renewed interest in the Moon

With all of the attention on the 50th anniversary of the Lunar landing, many are looking ahead to the next half-century of space exploration. Of particular interest is returning to the Moon, which may come as early as 2024. For... — Updated 7/25/2019

 

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