Bill Virgin HEADLINES
Tucked in the news release announcing the sale of Simpson Lumber Co.’s Tacoma Kraft Mill to RockTenn was a sentence that, when combined with other developments, has a lot to say not so much about this particular facility or the pulp and paper industry but where the electricity you use is going to come from — and how much you might pay for it.
Here is some stuff I know, the money and banking edition:
There’s a lot you can learn by reading the ads in the newspaper, even if you’re not planning on buying anything.
Out here in RealityLand, the political, social and cultural goings-on (as well as highway construction projects, but we’ll save that for another day) of Seattle are a frequent source of equal parts bemusement, bewilderment, eye-rolling and satisfaction that the weirdness du jour is at least confined to the city limits.
Tourism, we’re told, is a vitally important and growing component of the local, regional and state economies, importing millions of dollars to support thousands of jobs and hundreds of businesses. So how’s tourism doing anyway?
When the Seattle Seahawks made their first Super Bowl appearance, in 2006, it afforded business scribblers like your columnist an opportunity to do an economic compare-and-contrast between the Steel and Jet cities.
The Panama Canal’s expansion to accommodate larger ships has been a brick-loaded safe suspended by a fraying thread over Puget Sound regional ports, threatening to flatten whatever growth prospects Tacoma or Seattle might believe they have.
Who didnt see this one coming? The recent revelation that Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance is mulling the possible sale of Russell Investments should be a surprise to exactly no one, even if they know nothing about the history of that company.
Outside of dedicated tokers and those who hope to make money off them, the prospect of legalized sales of marijuana and pot-enhanced and derived products evokes reactions ranging from indifference to eye-rolling to scoffing.
In this season of reflection and contemplation, we pause to consider the topics discussed in this space in 2013, secure in the knowledge that, whatever else befalls us, we will never run out of ideas for columns, not so long as there is:
Happy birthday! No, that’s not quite the mood we want to strike.
Apparently there’s a lot going on with health care these days. You may have read something about it in the newspaper.
The most consequential election outcome in this region in 2013 occurred not at the state level (rejection of the food-labeling initiative means nothing changes) or in its largest city (Tweedledum or Tweedledee for mayor, flip a coin, check back in four years to see how fast Seattle voters get bored with the new incumbent).
One of the great challenges in writing satire these days is finding that sweet spot between outrageous exaggeration and reality.
We have had as a country more than half a decade to contemplate the concept of risk-reward calculations and to witness in vivid and painful detail what happens when those calculations and the assumptions behind them are botched.
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