Lawmakers must work to reduce wildfire risk

While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. As our population grows, they are a greater threat to communities adjacent to wildlands.
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Costs matter in hiring

While both sides argue over the merits of Seattle’s escalating minimum wage, there are other issues — such as the total cost per worker — which enter into hiring equations.
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Military also adjusting to worker shortages

When our military is viewed as an employer, it has the same problem as the private sector; attracting qualified people to fill jobs.
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A much needed dose of Yogi Berra’s wit and wisdom

With today’s tension and rancor, we need a dose of Yogi Berra’s wit and wisdom to put things into perspective.
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Role models are among us

Too often, our sons and daughters tend to look for role models in lofty places and many become disillusioned by the bad behavior of some of them. Worse yet, some try to emulate that comportment.
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Don Brunell | Lt. Dan Needs Lots of Helping Hands

By Don C. Brunell Sinise’s organization also links high school students with World War II veterans for tours of the D-Day Museum in New Orleans. He believes it is vital for young Americans to understand what our veterans have sacrificed. That link is weaker today. Today, with no military draft, less than 2 percent of our population is defending the rest of us. “Freedom and security are...
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Don Brunell | Streamlining regulations makes more housing affordable

By Don C. Brunell America’s supply of affordable housing is shrinking and a bevy of government regulations on residential construction only acerbates the homeless problem. As a result more people are now living “unsheltered” in tents along the freeway or beneath overpasses because they can’t afford to pay rent or a home mortgage. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)...
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Don Brunell | New Approaches Needed to Fight Super Wildfires

By Don C. Brunell   With western wildfires growing in size and destroying more homes, farms and businesses, there is a need for new tools and approaches. The infernos are spreading so fast they are outstripping our ability to fight them in traditional ways. Meanwhile, the San Francisco Chronicle reported last November: “Over the course of just a few weeks, a major fire can pump more carbon...
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Skilled trade jobs go unfilled in our robust economy

By Don C. Brunell Millions of college graduates find themselves saddled with crushing debt and more than a third of them won’t be working in their chosen profession. Many will be working for low wages. Meanwhile, there are millions of high-paid jobs are available in the skilled trades — electricians, plumbers, manufacturing workers, pipefitters, mechanics, appliance repair, computer techs,...
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South Korea success goes beyond Olympics

It was hard to get excited about the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, but give the South Koreans credit for overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to pull the games off — and pull them off exceptionally well.
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