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 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    May 12, 2016

Undercover CEOs get a chance to learn value of employees

One of the highest rated television programs during Super Bowl week last February was “Undercover Boss.” According to the Nielsen ratings, it drew 6.8 million viewers. By contrast, the “Greatest Super Bowl Halftime Shows” had 5.72 million. Vi...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    April 7, 2016

Cost of Boeing airplanes at heart of job cuts

Boeing’s new cost-reduction plan has deep ramifications for Washington because the bulk of the 4,500 job cuts are likely to land here. CEO Dennis Muilenburg asked investors to view the savings initiative as “playing offense in a competitive...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    March 24, 2016

Lt. Gov. Brad Owen served 'Our Washington' well

For the last 20 years, Lt. Gov. Brad Owen (D) has served Washington well. Now, he is retiring and leaving the state senate as he found it — a dignified place to debate and enact public policy. Owen, a former convenience store owner in Shelton,...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    February 25, 2016

Law enforcement recruitment should be a top priority

Public safety agencies across America face the same problems as other employers — finding enough qualified workers. The difference is our safety is increasingly at risk. Law enforcement leaders are working harder at recruitment, yet they are...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    February 18, 2016

The electricty answer is not entirely blowin' in wind

In 1962, songwriter Bob Dylan composed “The answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.” It was a Vietnam War protest song suggesting the ambiguous answer to ending war and living in peace and harmony was “blowin’ in the...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    February 11, 2016

Today's railroads emphasize innovation and safety

In January, the American Association of Railroads or AAR published its first-ever state of the railroads annual report focusing on the industry’s economic value, innovations and emphasis on safety. The nation’s railroads have been around for abou...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    March 26, 2015

Sorry, fossil fuels are not going away soon

Folks in the Pacific Northwest may not like what Matt Ridley has to say, but we should consider his points about energy. Ridley, a British journalist and author of several popular books on science, the environment and the economy, is a businessman...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    October 30, 2014

Delta, Alaska competition has an interesting twist for Boeing

While the merger of United Airlines and Continental left a gaping hole at the ticket counter at SeaTac International Airport, frequent fliers are noticing an expansion of Delta and Alaska check-in stations these days. That expansion could mean a...

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion    September 18, 2014

Is an all-green energy strategy worth the cost?

What if we could peer into the future and see the consequences of the decisions we make today? In a way, we can. According to Washington state economists, a carbon tax high enough to achieve Gov. Jay Inslee’s stated climate change goals would...

 
 By Don C. Brunell    Opinion    August 22, 2013

Is CO2 really the target?

Environmental activists claim they want to reduce production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. If so, they’re going about it in a very strange way. Take forest management, for example. Anti-forestry activists oppose salvaging dead and...