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Don Brunell

Today’s news is filled with images of the massive wildfires roaring through the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in central Washington.

The arid pine forests east of the Cascades are prone to wildfire, especially when they are attacked by bark beetles that bore into the trees and suffocate them.  Now those tiny insects are boring into healthy majestic trees in the pristine Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.    read more »


Reducing mankind’s carbon footprint has become the defining issue of our time and rightly so. Virtually every level of government has policies to reduce greenhouse gases by regulating everything from industrial CO2 emissions to cow flatulence.  

But as Kermit the Frog said, “It’s not easy being green.”  

It turns out that some good ideas don’t work well – or not at all.  Still, the government continues to mandate them. read more »


If you are looking for a family-wage job these days, there is no better place to look than the Dakotas … but for entirely different reasons.

While both states rely on agriculture, North Dakota’s Bakken oil field is driving that state’s economy, which boasts a 2.7 percent unemployment rate. It is the lowest among the 50 states – and there are thousands of jobs unfilled. read more »


While much of the news deals with America’s decline, there is hope we can stimulate our economy, create manufacturing jobs and pay down our national debt by increasing our manufacturing and energy production.

While goods were once proudly “Made in America,” many of our manufacturing plants are shuttered. When we go to stores, too often the labels say “Made in China.”

How do we turn this around? One company at a time. read more »


All too often our network of highways, pipelines, railroads, barges, ship terminals and airports goes unnoticed unless there is an accident.

For example, we don’t notice the trains delivering the chlorine that purifies our drinking water. We pay little attention to the trucks transporting gasoline for our cars and propane tanks for backyard barbecues. The fact is without trucks, trains, pipelines, barges, ships and airplanes, we couldn’t survive.   read more »


Later this year, Alan Mulally will leave Ford Motor Co.  On July 1, he turns the reins over to 53-year old Mark Fields, closing a storied career at Ford and Boeing.  

While he hasn’t divulged his plans, hopefully he will bring his talents to government.  Mulally inspires people with his confidence, humility and charisma. His turnaround of Ford has been spectacular.  read more »


We’re all familiar with car loans and home mortgages. They make it possible for consumers to make major purchases without paying cash up front. Responsibly done, everyone benefits — the purchasers, car dealers, autoworkers, realtors, construction crews and suppliers.

Uncle Sam does the same thing on an international scale with the Export-Import Bank.   read more »


Imagine 350 college grads walking across the stage to receive their degrees in a ceremony with no valedictorian and no student honors.  That is exactly what the 2014 graduating class looked like when WGU Washington held its third graduation ceremony earlier this month.

Sounds unconventional and non-traditional?  It is, and intentionally so.   read more »


President Obama is expected to announce a new set of regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal-powered power plants — the nation’s single largest source of affordable electricity. The impact won’t hit just coal; these regulations will affect every energy user, including you.

According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Obama administration’s new regulations could drain $50 billion a year from the economy through 2030.   read more »

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