E-letter: Odds on a positive direction

As you read this, our friends to the south are voting (finally). Should provide relief from their interminable cycle for a while. I’m guessing 40 days, 60 tops, and they’ll be back at it again. So, now that the American election is over and we don’t have a clue who’s the next president, let’s take […]

E-letter: Carbon grizzly footprint

It is interesting, lately, how people decide to support their ideas with what they saw recently in a movie. It’s as if the world of make-believe has become the world that is and should be. Take The Revenant, for example. It is described as an “epic, semi-biographical western film.” Semi-biographical? Folks will come away with […]

Splatter

Do you recall the last time you spit in an employee’s face? It shouldn’t be hard, since the answer is certainly “never.” However, wiping spit off her face is the image Marketing magazine columnist Karen Howe leaves you with in her Sept. 12 column, “It’s time to stop coddling toxic bosses.” I am not interested […]

E-letter: Running amok

American football player Colin Kaepernick’s antics, refusing to stand during the national anthem, have the media all-abuzz. Self-styled experts on the U.S. Bill of Rights are doing cameos on all the news, sports and entertainment channels. I assume this confuses most of us, so let’s take a look at what it means, and why it’s important for Canadian […]

E-letter: Big box forever? Not so sure

Whether in trade, association or consumer magazines, newspapers and broadcast, a good editor is a skeptic. Being a skeptic means not accepting everything people try to tell you at face value. Sometimes people lie. Unfortunately, the vast majority of current journalists are not skeptics. They are either lap dogs for special interests or they are […]

Degree in debt

The lead story in the August 2016 issue of Consumer Reports highlights the financial stresses of higher education with the cover blurb: “I kind of ruined my life by going to [university].” That was from Jackie Krowen, 32, in Portland, Ore., who owes $152,000 in student debt. “You didn’t have to meet with anybody,” she […]

July-August 2016 Wood Industry

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E-letter: Own the boots

I wonder if the business environment is actually any different than it ever is. Sure, we are threatened by imports, trade deals, dollar exchange, governmental regulations and fly-by-night operators. And, while it may seem that the pressures are more overwhelming than they were 30 years ago, I think if you checked the editorial pages from […]

Safety net thanks to you

There is no denying. Things are looking pretty good. Every shop we’ve heard from is busy and growing. The latest building permit and housing investment numbers out of the States are positive, and wood-products manufacturing in Canada is up over 10 percent over last year. However, one thing we seem to be lacking in Canada […]

E-letter: Fort McMurray down

Although the Fort McMurray fire is still burning, the threat to the city has been diminished and media and officials have been able to survey the damage. As of presstime, about 2,400 structures have been destroyed, most of which are residences. Each of these residences will need flooring, cabinetry, furniture and other functional items for […]