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Jon Talton

Jon Talton

Saturday, October 25
Europe’s economic woes are bound to hit home | Jon Talton

What happens in Europe can’t stay there, even in the Asian Century, because of the EU’s huge size and influence on the global economy.

Saturday, October 18

‘Peak Oil’ peaked and then some, so what’s next? | Jon Talton

Oil is still costly, a head wind to economic growth.

Saturday, October 11

Energy-efficient economy needs strong railroads | Jon Talton

Railroads didn’t die. In fact, they will be an increasingly important part of the 21st century transportation of freight and people.

Thursday, October 9

Ports accept reality of worldwide competition | Jon Talton

If the leap of faith and goodwill that led to this historic agreement between the Port of Seattle and Port of Tacoma continue, great things can happen.

Saturday, October 4

Lurking risks could deflate Seattle’s boom | Jon Talton

Seattle’s boom could stop in a heartbeat.

Friday, September 26

Military is big business in state, but at what cost? | Jon Talton

Washington state estimates that in 2012, the “military industry” was responsible for 136,000 jobs and $15.7 billion in economic activity.

Saturday, September 20

Gates inspires, polarizes as he delves into many fields | Jon Talton

Bill Gates, the richest person of our new gilded age, is not only the world’s biggest giver but also one of our most influential public intellectuals.

Saturday, September 13

Eyes turn to superrich to fill university gap | Jon Talton

Creating new world-class universities not among hobbies of super wealthy today.

Saturday, September 6

Post-World War II order is beginning to unravel | Jon Talton

After WWII, the U.S. established a global order to keep the peace. Today, it is coming under increasing pressure. This is of no small consequence for Washington and Seattle. Washington ranks third among states in the value of its merchandise exports and Seattle area is fourth among metro areas.

Saturday, August 30

A bright spot for labor as tough times remain | Jon Talton

Tough times remain for organized labor, but successful efforts in cities and states to raise the minimum wage, most notably $15 in Sea-Tac and gradually in Seattle, is something to celebrate.

Saturday, August 16

Selling trade is easy here; it may be less so elsewhere | Jon Talton

Ambassador Michael Froman, the U.S. trade representative, contends that “a lot is the frustration with globalization rather than trade agreements.”