Don C. Brunell

Bellevue company patent infringement win gives small inventors hope

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Mining contaminated waters to increase copper supplies

The massive Berkeley Pit in Butte, Mont., is one of the world’s largest superfund sites and has been described as a giant sink filling with… Continue reading

 

Seattle’s misstep highlights need for new approach

Last week, Seattle’s City Council did an “about face” revoking the onerous corporate head tax it unanimously enacted less than one month ago. Its city… Continue reading

 

Washington’s expensive culvert court case

While much of the media buzz over declining salmon runs focuses on dam removal and predation by sea lions and cormorants, the U.S. Supreme Court… Continue reading

Bad labels are tough to shed

While corporate headquarters moves are problematic, closures, businesses deciding to build elsewhere, and people losing their jobs are much more harmful.

This lieutenant needs lots of helping hands

“The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.”

How do we fight super wildfires?

“It is no longer just a rural issue.”

Yogi’s wisdom we must adhere to

“How many of you have turned off your television and radio because commentators keep yelling at and over one another?”

Skilled trade jobs go unfilled in our robust economy

Why is there a shortage of skilled craft workers? One reason, we’ve tended to look down on those jobs.

A trade war could hit Washington state hard

“Avoiding that possibility should be our primary goal.”

A forgotten side of the Alamo

“Just as Alamo visitors often overlook important parts of history, Washington can benefit from a more complete look at the benefits of irrigated agriculture.”

China now driving car market

“Nine out of 10 electric vehicles sold [in China] are made by Chinese automakers.”

Learning from Ireland: Cleaner, greener and more prosperous

“The Irish learned that not only do visitors want good entertainment and welcoming people, but they want uncluttered communities, shores, and country side as well.”

South Korea success goes beyond Olympics

“Give the South Koreans credit for overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to pull the games off.”

Military leaders can transform education

“They are good at sizing up situations, take calculated risks and work to find plausible solutions.”

Carbon tax in Washington state versus B.C.

“The key question is if Washington’s carbon tax is simply an added way to fund state government.”

North Korean guest workers booted

“What is going in North Korea ought to be a lesson to all of us.”

China’s new policy cuts deep into recycling

What are the implications of China’s “national sword” policy that bans many recyclable materials it traditionally imported?

Good manners still count in business

“Chick-fil-A employees were the most likely of the 15 chains to say “please” and “thank you,” and to smile at drive-thru customers.”

Online sales good for Washington papermakers

“In Washington alone, forests absorb and store 28.6 percent of the state’s climate emissions in live trees and harvested products.”