Don C. Brunell

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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Guest opinion: Coronavirus compounds recycling calamity

Guest opinion: Coronavirus compounds recycling calamity

While the pandemic has dramatically improved air quality, it has been a headache for recyclers.

Guest opinion: Coronavirus compounds recycling calamity
Guest opinion: Business, drones helping to restore scorched forestlands

Guest opinion: Business, drones helping to restore scorched forestlands

Replanting millions of acres scorched by wildfires in our western woodlands will be a herculean task

Guest opinion: Business, drones helping to restore scorched forestlands
Guest opinion: Time to revisit managing our forests

Guest opinion: Time to revisit managing our forests

Not only is the world in the COVID-19 grasp, but America’s western wildlands are burning up as well

Guest opinion: Time to revisit managing our forests
Guest opinion: New Green Deal is incomplete

Guest opinion: New Green Deal is incomplete

Our environmental quality strategy must be encompassing and not just focus on climate change. Since Democrats announced their Green New Deal, the emphasis is reducing… Continue reading

Guest opinion: New Green Deal is incomplete
Guest Opinion: Seattle Lights Out in 2022

Guest Opinion: Seattle Lights Out in 2022

Far too few people remember the 1972 Seattle billboard: “Would the last person who leaves Seattle please turn out the lights?” The reference was to… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Seattle Lights Out in 2022
Guest opinion: Washington state needs to change to stay on top

Guest opinion: Washington state needs to change to stay on top

In early June, the financial website WalletHub released its rankings of “Best and Worse State Economies” and Washington state led the field of 51 as… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Washington state needs to change to stay on top
Guest opinion: Closed landfills may house solar farms

Guest opinion: Closed landfills may house solar farms

Solar power is getting a lot of attention these days as our country strives to reduce greenhouse gases. Sunny cities like Honolulu, Los Angeles and… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Closed landfills may house solar farms
Guest opinion: Brighter future for papermakers

Guest opinion: Brighter future for papermakers

In recent years, papermakers in Pacific Northwest have been losing ground. However, today there is a ray of hope. Surprisingly, that optimism results from the… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Brighter future for papermakers
Guest opinion: Coronavirus, work must coexist

Guest opinion: Coronavirus, work must coexist

By now it is apparent that, barring a miracle, a cure for COVID-19 will not happen soon; however, to make it a condition of removing… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Coronavirus, work must coexist