Why the Lorax loves forestry

Filed on 25. Apr, 2012 in Contributors

Why the Lorax loves forestry

By Todd Myers Washington Policy Center “From outside in the fields came a sickening smack of an axe on a tree. Then we heard the tree fall. The very last Truffula tree of them all.” –From The Lorax, Dr. Seuss This spring, a motion picture version of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax hit the big screen with a [...]

Managing in the middle: The truths of trust

Filed on 24. Apr, 2012 in Contributors

Managing in the middle: The truths of trust

By Mike Cook Management Developer Can you imagine being a manager and not trusting people? I don’t necessarily mean specific people, I mean people in general. Unfortunately, I think many managers are unconscious of their biases inthis regard, having “handy stories” justifying behavior that might otherwise be considered paranoid. I think you know the stories I [...]

Viewpoint: Now biomass is the environment’s enemy?

Filed on 16. Apr, 2012 in Contributors

Viewpoint: Now biomass is the environment’s enemy?

By Don C. Brunell, President Association of Washington Business When environmental organizations pushed Washington voters to approve their renewable energy Initiative 937, they touted biomass energy — incinerated wood waste — as one of their preferred alternatives to fossil fuel. They reasoned that biomass energy plants would help clear forests of flammable wood debris from dead [...]

Viewpoint: Six lines your boss should never cross

Filed on 10. Apr, 2012 in Contributors

By Allison & Taylor, professional reference checkers Special contribution to the Bellingham Business Journal   Most working adults have experienced an uncomfortable situation at work; that’s the reality of interpersonal relationships in a professional setting. However, while no work situation is perfect in every respect, your workplace should be more positive than negative, and never [...]

OPINION – Oppose legislation lifting government public notice requirements

Filed on 26. Feb, 2012 in Contributors

Washington citizens should be aware of – and opposed to – House Bill 2801 and the provisions that would allow local governments to cease publishing public notices in their local newspapers. The presumed cost savings to local government is in fact false economy – there is a hidden and very dangerous cost. In trying to [...]

Reader’s Choice Awards 2012

Filed on 09. Feb, 2012 in Contributors

Vote in the Bellingham Business Journal Reader’s Choice Awards 2012. You can’t vote for yourself; one ballot per person. Votes must be received by Friday, Feb. 17. Results will be published in the March 2012 edition of The Bellingham Business Journal. Follow the links below, and remember to fill out both Part 1 and Part [...]

The equation of a sustainable state budget | Guest Opinion

Filed on 06. Jan, 2012 in Contributors

The equation of a sustainable state budget  | Guest Opinion

Guest commentary by State Rep. Jason Overstreet:  With the start of the New Year comes our fourth legislative session in 12 months. State lawmakers spent two special sessions in 2011 addressing the same problem: an unsustainable budget. Unfortunately, the 2012 session will again be focused on the same problem at a time when strengthening the [...]

Port of Bellingham focuses on job creation and retention

Filed on 04. Jan, 2012 in Contributors

Port of Bellingham focuses on job creation and retention

By Charlie Sheldon Port of Bellingham Executive Director At the Port of Bellingham, job retention and job creation are at the top of our priority list. Our commissioners and our staff recognize the responsibility of being the one local government that was created by the state Legislature 100 years ago for economic development. We operate [...]

Western, community collaborate in many ways

Filed on 03. Jan, 2012 in Contributors

Western, community collaborate in many ways

By Bruce Shepard President of Western Washington University Communities support universities that support communities. That is a saying I have always thought very relevant to town-gown relations. Western and the local community support each other in so many ways. And these partnerships make us all stronger. Often, I am surprised that some folks don’t know [...]

Thanks for sharing your story | From the reporter’s desk

Filed on 30. Dec, 2011 in Contributors

Thanks for sharing your story | From the reporter’s desk

Four years ago I took a job as a business reporter, despite my lack of knowledge on the subject. As I prepare to leave The Bellingham Business Journal this month, I’ve been reflecting on everything I’ve learned in contributing to 51 issues of this publication. My time here at The BBJ has been a crash [...]

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