Don C. Brunell

Don Brunell

Guest opinion: Bumper car therapy

Over the last 40 years our family has vacationed at the same place on the beach. While the buildings have been refurbished, the complex remains… Continue reading

 

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Guest opinion: Power of our interconnected grid with ample supply

How about some good news coming out of our record-breaking (extreme) heat wave? Luckily, we live and work in the Pacific Northwest, and are reaping… Continue reading

 

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Guest opinion: Family tree farms key to cutting greenhouse gases

As climate change concerns grow, researchers are turning to small tree farmers for help. Actually, they have been helping for nearly a century, but their… Continue reading

 

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Guest opinon: Water has greenhouse gas problems

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… Continue reading

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Don Brunell

Guest opinion: Land is 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… Continue reading

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Don Brunell

Guest opinion: Ignoring China’s grip on critical metals production is not an option

China’s growing dominance of critical metals production and its vast stockpiles is setting off global alarms as economies emerge from the punishing COVID pandemic. It… Continue reading

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Don Brunell

Guest opinion: Build our future electricity supply around hydropower

Although New Zealand and Washington state are located a half-a-world apart, they have lots in common: beautiful seashores, majestic mountains, crystal clear streams and lakes;… Continue reading

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Don Brunell

Guest Opinion: Unemployment insurance intended for workers as 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… Continue reading

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Don Brunell

Guest opinion: TVW is 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… Continue reading

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Don Brunell

Guest column: 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… Continue reading

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Don Brunell

Guest opinion: Portland carbon tax may doom recyclers

In 1971, Oregon was the first state to enact a “bottle bill.” Fifty years later, Portland, Ore., could become the first city to approve a… Continue reading

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Don Brunell

Guest opinion: Work from home is here to stay

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?… Continue reading

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Guest 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… Continue reading

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Guest opinion: Wildfires were ‘big polluters’ in 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… Continue reading

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Guest opinion: Despite coronavirus, wreaths were 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… Continue reading

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Guest 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… Continue reading

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Don Brunell

Guest opinion: Coronavirus spurring air cargo growth

It’s no secret that airlines and airplane manufacturers have been clobbered by the coronavirus pandemic. Particularly hard hit are international flights traditionally flown by jumbo… Continue reading

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Don Brunell

Guest opinion: Military diversity’s lifeline

Diversity in the ranks has been the lifeline of our all-volunteer military, but it wasn’t always that way. As we celebrate Veterans Day, we ought… Continue reading

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Don Brunell

Guest opinion: Coronavirus stimulates RV sales, rentals

Interestingly, while restaurants and airlines continue to be clobbered by the coronavirus, recreational vehicle (RV) sales and rentals are taking off. People have switched their… Continue reading

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Don Brunell

Guest opinion: Colder weather could further chill restaurant recovery

Sunny summer weather helped restaurant owners and workers recover after they were broadsided by the coronavirus pandemic last March. However, as fall morphs into winter… Continue reading

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