Camas papermill may be harbinger

By Don C. Brunell The announced shutdown of the communications paper arm of Georgia Pacific’s Camas pulp and paper mill maybe the harbinger of what’s to come. Consumers are buying less paper, production costs are increasing, and competition is fiercer. GP will lay off as many as 300 workers next year when it shifts production of paper used for printers and copiers elsewhere. The southeastern...
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Rural prosperity essential to Washington

By Don C. Brunell While Seattle is growing rapidly, our rural areas continue to struggle. They don’t have the corporate giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing creating jobs and economic opportunities. Farms are predominantly family-owned. Today, there is a rejuvenated effort to bring prosperity to Washington’s rural communities. While agriculture is the largest sector, timber,...
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Sudden deaths took a trio of state’s business and agriculture leaders

So far this year, a trio of unexpected deaths has shocked Washington business and agriculture. Melanie Dressel, Ron Reimann and Jeff Brotman leave behind large shoes to fill.
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Massive fires increasing wood prices

Massive forest fires in western parts of Canada and the U.S. are not only choking us with layers of smoke, but are cutting off lumber supplies around our country. 
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Abundant natural gas helps provide a giant step toward our energy independence

In the last half century, Americans yearned for energy independence. We were tired of being held captive by foreign governments — some of which continue to be hostile toward the United States and our way of life.     
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Searching for the words to unite us in troubled times

Two days before last year’s presidential election, Frank Luntz walked away from a CBS "60 Minutes" focus group leaving people uncontrollably screaming at one another. He couldn’t stop it. Nobody could.
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Texas is flush with money for transportation projects

In the last decade, there has been a highway construction boom in Texas. On the other hand, lawmakers in Olympia still scramble to fund road maintenance.
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Forest landowners prove cooperation does work

Recently, Washington state’s largest environmental, wildlife and natural resources agencies recognized 43 large forest landowners for their “exemplary efforts” to upgrade forest roads and stream crossings which improved salmon habitat and water quality.
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America needs more welders, and a few less philosophers

“America needs more welders and fewer philosophers,” proclaimed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio during the 2016 presidential campaign.
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Time to ax Amtrak’s passenger service to Chicago from Seattle

Last month, a Wall Street Journal editorial hit the nail on the head recommending Amtrak focus its limited funds on shorter more heavily traveled routes between Washington, D.C., and Boston.
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