Opinion

Guest opinion: COVID, developmental disabilities and community protection

During the past week, the news has been filled with rising COVID infections. This is not the news we were hoping to hear in the… Continue reading

  • Aug 4, 2021
Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He recently retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.

Guest Opinion: Massive reforestation effort needed

Massive forest fires in western parts of our country are not only choking us with layers of thick smoke, but are leaving behind millions of… Continue reading

Don C. Brunell is a business analyst, writer and columnist. He recently retired as president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s oldest and largest business organization, and now lives in Vancouver. He can be contacted at thebrunells@msn.com.
Crystal Linn

Aging Successfully: Ways for seniors to overcome hot summer temperatures

Are you a senior citizen who is having challenges coping with this extra hot summer weather? Do you have a loved one who is not… Continue reading

  • Jul 28, 2021
Crystal Linn
Bertha Cooper

Thnk About It: It ain’t over until …

Until? Good question. I’m glad I asked it. If I ask each of you the top three things you wished were over, my guess is… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
Kris Johnson is president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers association.

Guest opinion: Labor shortage emerges as major issue for employers

What a difference a year makes. As Washington state emerges from the pandemic, one of the biggest challenges facing many employers is finding enough qualified… Continue reading

  • Jul 21, 2021
Kris Johnson is president of the Association of Washington Business, the state’s chamber of commerce and manufacturers association.
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Water column: Drought, again

Last week our Dungeness and Elwha watersheds were added to the list of river basins with emergency drought declared. The Clallam Bay-Sekiu area was declared… Continue reading

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Being Frank: Adjudication will help untangle Nooksack river water rights

The Lummi Nation and Nooksack Tribe are looking forward to the start of the process to untangle water rights and protect threatened salmon in the… Continue reading

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

Don Brunell
Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Unmasked stranger

Husband and I had been out of town for three days preoccupied with the intensity of his going through what would be a life-extending procedure… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
Linda B. Myers

From the Back Nine: Chip shots

If you’ve read this column before, you know that “The Back Nine” has a whole lot more to do with old age than with smacking… Continue reading

  • Jul 7, 2021
Linda B. Myers
Don Brunell

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

Don Brunell
Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Who shall lead?

Last summer I was writing about what I called embedded threads of intimidation in our community. I was suggesting there needed to be a community… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
Crystal Linn

Aging Successfully: Preparing beforehand, a family affair

Have you had the experience, and headache of trying to deal with the belongings of a loved one who has passed away? Do you want… Continue reading

  • Jun 23, 2021
Crystal Linn
Don Brunell

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

Don Brunell

Guest Opinion: Vaccines, a round in the chamber

It’s 10:25 a.m. on Saturday, June 19, and I’ve just returned from Rite-Aid in Sequim after getting my first dose of the Moderna vaccine. On… Continue reading

  • Jun 23, 2021

Guest opinion: Courts, lawmakers shouldn’t make call on who’s media

Journalists of a certain age — those on the other side of 50 — might remember watching a 1973 documentary film in college journalism classes… Continue reading

  • Jun 16, 2021
Don Brunell

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

Don Brunell
Bertha Cooper

Think About It: Newsworthy lies?

The big news in recent weeks is Facebook’s announcement that the former president’s ban from Facebook related to postings around the Jan. 6 (invasion, insurrection,… Continue reading

Bertha Cooper
USEPA Photo by Eric Vance. Public domain image

Being Frank: Outdated wastewater facilities undermine water quality gains

We’ve seen some real progress over the past few years in efforts to prevent human waste from damaging the health of Puget Sound and the… Continue reading

USEPA Photo by Eric Vance. Public domain image
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

Don Brunell