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 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

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Column: No green cheese, drill sargeant

Shortly, after Apollo 11 landed on the moon and astronaut Neil Armstrong took his famous first steps on the dusty lunar surface, some comedian in our army unit at Ft. Knox, KY, posted a sign in our barracks: “Sorry, Drill Sgt.,... — Updated 7/18/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: China's mighty migrating mandate

What happens in China, doesn’t always stay in China. In fact, when it comes to tough new garbage and recycling restrictions, they may migrate elsewhere sooner than you might think. For example, Shanghai is one of the world’s... — Updated 7/11/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Restoring affordability to a college education is vital for America's future

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 was in the middle of the Great Depression and... — Updated 7/3/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Examining the rare earth metal dilemma

Hopefully, when American and Chinese leaders meet to resolve trade differences, talks won’t breakdown and result in a new round of tariffs or product restrictions. It is in both nations’ interests for presidents Trump and Xi... — Updated 6/27/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Column: Family-owned businesses are America's backbone

During the 1992 presidential campaign, then-candidate Bill Clinton famously intoned, “I feel your pain,” reassuring voters he understood what they were going through. Since then, similar statements of empathy have become a... — Updated 6/20/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Normandy D-Day clicker innovation

During World War II, the American GI earned the reputation for being innovative, adaptable and resilient. Nowhere was that more evident than the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. For example, Gen. Maxwell D. Taylor, commander of the... — Updated 6/12/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Fix to Boeing's Max 737 critical to Washington

Last January, Boeing was poised for another record year. The company’s order book burst at the seams. Things seem to be going Boeing’s way. In 2019, Boeing planned to step up deliveries of KC46 aerial refueling jets to the U.S.... — Updated 6/5/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Could Seattle Put on a World's Fair Today?

On April 21, 1962, the Seattle World’s Fair opened. The “Century 21 Exhibition” ran for six months, drew 11 million visitors, turned a profit and left the Northwest with a wonderful Seattle Center. Well over a half century... — Updated 5/30/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Removing Snake River dams is unwise

There are dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t. Hopefully, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts its review of the 14 federal dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, that will become abundantly clear. That... — Updated 5/23/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Montana's new approach to homelessness could provide working blueprint

Montana’s legislature took the unusual step of exempting older, less-valued mobile homes from property tax as a way to stem homelessness. The bipartisan legislation, which Gov. Steve Bullock signed into law last week, aims to... — Updated 5/9/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Montana woman recognized globally for efforts to save state's health insurance plan

Imagine sitting home and learning Fortune Magazine just listed you among the world’s greatest leaders? That’s exactly what happened to Marilyn Bartlett who led the effort to save Montana’s state employee health insurance... — Updated 4/24/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: State lawmakers need to re-examine budget before adjourning

Before lawmakers wrap-up their work in Olympia, they should re-examine their hefty new state spending plan. The budget may not be sustainable even with a substantial increase in taxes. It may force legislators to return to the... — Updated 4/11/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Oil companies betting on electric technology

Across the pond, London-based BP and Netherlands-headquartered Shell are looking to invest in innovative electric technology which is very good news. The two international oil giants, both of which have oil refineries in northwest... — Updated 3/21/2019

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion

Business Column: Trade issues unite Washington's congressional delegation

Historically, international trade issues have galvanized our state’s congressional delegation. Many wondered if that would still be the case today. Fortunately, it seems to be. While Democrats and Republicans are at one... — Updated 3/14/2019

 

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