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 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion
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Mitsubishi is now 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... — Updated 9/26/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

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... — Updated 9/12/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Tacoma LNG project needs to happen

Hopefully Puget Sound Energy (PSE) will receive final permit approval so it can complete its Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant currently under construction on Tacoma’s Tide... — Updated 9/5/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Battery-operated locomotives are coming to a track near you

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 Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) tests... — Updated 8/15/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

There is no green cheese, drill sergeant

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, Ken.,... — Updated 7/18/2019

 

Not everything stays at home with China's 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... — Updated 7/11/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Removing Snake River dams is unwise for a multitude of reasons

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... — Updated 5/23/2019

 
 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 5/2/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

The darker side to renewable energy includes water pollution

Before our country, in haste, dives totally into renewable energy, we must carefully evaluate its impacts. By just focusing on eliminating natural gas, liquid fuels (gasoline and... — Updated 3/28/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

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... — Updated 3/21/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

America is heading down the wrong track

America’s drift away from our market-based economic system is perplexing. Equally, mystifying is the new push to replace entrepreneurs with government bureaucrats in planning and... — Updated 2/14/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Student debt is draining our retirement income

Lots is written about students exiting college saddled with hefty student loans; however, the impact on retired parents went largely unnoticed. Recently, Wall Street Journal writer... — Updated 2/7/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Washington farmers need tariff relief as exports plunge nationwide

The good news is Washington’s cherry crop is projected to be as good as 2018; however, absent tariff relief from the ongoing U.S.-China trade tiff, a key market will remain... — Updated 1/31/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

The private sector is stepping up for tourism

Necessity, as they say, is the mother of invention. That’s particularly true in difficult times when “business as usual” no longer works. As our national deficit approaches... — Updated 1/24/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

East Coast seaports are ramping up their capabilities

While many eyes are on trade talks between our country and China, America’s port leaders are positioning their seaports to compete for increasing volumes of container traffic.... — Updated 1/17/2019

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Christmas wreaths help to ease holiday pain

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. It is especially hard when they were slain in the line-of-duty while protecting our country. It hit home... — Updated 12/20/2018

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Good economic news sprinkled with caution

The good news is Washington’s revenues continue to grow and projections for the next couple of years appear promising. That is welcome news, but it is sprinkled with caution... — Updated 12/13/2018

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Military also adjusting to nationwide worker shortages

When our military is viewed as an employer, it has the same problem as the private sector; attracting qualified people to fill jobs. In today’s vibrant economy, there is an... — Updated 11/8/2018

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Don't look now, but the Russians are indeed coming

In the 1960s, there was a popular movie called: “The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming.” The plot was a Soviet naval commander runs his sub aground off a... — Updated 10/4/2018

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Boeing's hypersonic venture hopfully won't sink

Last spring, Boeing revealed its proposed hypersonic passenger airliner which would fly much higher and faster than the Concorde — the only previous supersonic commercial... — Updated 9/27/2018

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Avoid trouble tweeting - especially when on the job

Editor’s note: Much of the content for this column came from the most recent edition of HR Magazine, which is the magazine for the Society of Human Resources Management. Since Pre... — Updated 9/20/2018

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Lampson beating odds for family-owned businesses

When one approaches the Tri-Cities, it is impossible to ignore Lampson International’s monstrous cranes in its Pasco assembly yard. Those gantries stand out like the Space Needle... — Updated 9/13/2018

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Much needed dose of Yogi Berra's wit and wisdom

With today’s tension and rancor, we need a dose of Yogi Berra’s wit and wisdom to put things into perspective. Let’s start with “You can observe a lot by just watching... — Updated 9/6/2018

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Trade wars hit Washington's cherry growers hard

Last April, Washington wheat, apple and cherry growers hoped U.S. and China trade negotiators would resolve differences and prevent imposition of damaging tariffs on our state’s... — Updated 8/30/2018

 
 By DON C. BRUNELL    Opinion

Columbia River Treaty talks are too vital to ignore

While most of our attention in the Pacific Northwest these days is on trade wars, tariffs and wildfires, there are critical talks underway between the U.S. and Canada over future al... — Updated 8/23/2018

 

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