Don Brunell

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Trade promotion imperative for America | Don C. Brunell

To many, giving President Obama more authority is a bad idea. However, regardless of how you feel about him, the President of the United States needs the power to negotiate trade agreements.

  • Apr 27th, 2015 3:25am

Trade promotion imperative for America | Don Brunell

To many, giving President Obama more authority is a bad idea. However, regardless of how you feel about him, the President of the United States needs the power to negotiate trade agreements.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 10:57pm

Trade promotion imperative for America | Don Brunell

To many, giving President Obama more authority is a bad idea. However, regardless of how you feel about him, the President of the United States needs the power to negotiate trade agreements.

  • Apr 24th, 2015 10:56pm

Washington’s tax freedom day comes later than usual | Don Brunell

Will you celebrate Tax Freedom Day this year? Until April 24, every penny we’ve earned in 2015 goes to pay your taxes.

  • Apr 19th, 2015 11:56pm

Showdown in Seattle over city’s minimum wage law | Don Brunell

Ever since the $15 wage proposal was narrowly approved by City of SeaTac voters, municipal leaders in neighboring Seattle have pushed to impose the same edict.

  • Mar 28th, 2015 9:00pm

Fossil fuels aren’t going away soon | Don Brunell

Folks in the Pacific Northwest may not like what Matt Ridley has to say, but we should consider his points about energy.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 9:27pm

Fossil fuels aren’t going away soon | Don Brunell

Folks in the Pacific Northwest may not like what Matt Ridley has to say, but we should consider his points about energy.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 9:26pm

Higher minimum wage misses the target | Don Brunell

Washington has the nation’s highest minimum wage at $9.47 an hour and now the state legislature wants to hike it to $12. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) wants to boost it to $15 to go in step with the SeaTac initiative, which voters barely approved last year.

  • Mar 12th, 2015 9:58pm

Higher minimum wage misses the target | Don Brunell

Washington has the nation’s highest minimum wage at $9.47 an hour and now the state legislature wants to hike it to $12. Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (D) wants to boost it to $15 to go in step with the SeaTac initiative, which voters barely approved last year.

  • Mar 12th, 2015 9:56pm

Can Washington avert California’s water wars? | Don Brunell

California is in the midst of a fierce water war, a conflict that holds lessons for us in Washington State. In many ways, we are alike. Both of our states’ populations are growing and we have some of the world’s most prolific agriculture regions which require lots of water. Washington is served by a vast network of storage reservoirs that make up the Columbia River drainage. It stretches from the northern Canadian Rockies to as far south as Wyoming.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 10:14pm

Can Washington avert California’s water wars? | Don Brunell

California is in the midst of a fierce water war, a conflict that holds lessons for us in Washington State. In many ways, we are alike. Both of our states’ populations are growing and we have some of the world’s most prolific agriculture regions which require lots of water. Washington is served by a vast network of storage reservoirs that make up the Columbia River drainage. It stretches from the northern Canadian Rockies to as far south as Wyoming.

  • Mar 6th, 2015 10:04pm

North-South battle for Seattle fliers | Don Brunell

The fierce competition between Seattle’s Alaska Airlines and Atlanta’s Delta Airlines is spilling over to the Port of Seattle, and it may reach your wallet in the form of higher airfares. The Port commission, which manages Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, must decide whether to build a new international arrivals terminal at the south end of the airport or expand the north satellite to accommodate additional domestic flights.

  • Feb 27th, 2015 9:54pm

Obama on wrong track with Alaska energy | Don C. Brunell

In his State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted plunging gas prices. Ironic, since Obama has done everything in his power to curtail domestic oil production and drive up gas prices.

  • Feb 15th, 2015 7:08am

A leftist leader with the right idea | Don Brunell

Can you imagine a nation’s president, a former guerilla fighter with socialist leanings, enacting policies that favor business and encourage foreign investment? How about a leaderwho prefers living in a farmhouse rather than the presidential mansion? That person is José Mujica, the 79-year old president of Uruguay who finishes his five-year term in March. Uruguay, a small South American country sandwiched between Argentina and Brazil, does not allow a president to stand for reelection, so later this spring, Mujica will take a seat in the senate.

  • Jan 30th, 2015 10:39pm

Sedro Woolley company bringing space age technology down to Earth | Don Brunell

Designers of the International Space Station (ISS) had to make it self-sustaining because, once aboard, astronauts had no way to get water or discharge sewage and no connection to Earth’s power grids.

  • Jan 15th, 2015 11:19pm

Making college affordable is vital to America | Don Brunell

When my parents graduated from high school in 1936, a college education was too expensive for the son of a copper miner and the daughter of a plumber.Eighty years ago, our country was in the middle of the Great Depression and teens took odd jobs to help put food on the table and pay the family bills. In those days, no bank would lend money to college students.

  • Jan 2nd, 2015 7:52pm

Is Boeing having second thoughts about moving to Illinois? | Don Brunell

In 2001, Boeing announced it would move its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago. Today, you wonder if Boeing is having buyer’s remorse.

  • Dec 26th, 2014 12:17am

Counting our blessings | Don Brunell

It’s that time of year when we count our blessings. In America, they are abundant, especially this year. For starters, the unemployment rate is down from 7 percent last December to 5.8 percent. Washington State mirrors the national average.

  • Dec 23rd, 2014 5:39pm

Remembering our fallen with Christmas wreaths | Don Brunell

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving for a lost loved one. It is especially painful for America’s military families whose son, daughter, spouse or parent was killed in action this year.

  • Dec 11th, 2014 8:44pm

Give charter schools a chance in Washington | Don Brunell

Hurricane Katrina devastated the gulf coast in 2005, flooding cities and towns in four states and killing more than 1,800 people. The government response to Katrina, especially by FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency), became the poster child for an inept and incompetent bureaucracy. But out of this disaster has come a story of success. The hurricane gave New Orleans educators the opportunity to reinvent the city’s failing public schools.

  • Nov 14th, 2014 11:29pm

Connecting the dots to lower gas prices | Don Brunell

It’s often difficult to “connect the dots,” to show people how the global marketplace affects their daily lives. But plunging gasoline prices are giving Americans a first-hand lesson in the law of supply and demand.

  • Oct 30th, 2014 10:39pm

How about an early Thanksgiving this year? | Don Brunell

Since 1957, our Canadian friends and neighbors have celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October. Perhaps, this year we ought to join them.

  • Oct 11th, 2014 12:24am

M&Ms and the American Dream | Don Brunell

Entrepreneurs helped make America great. Many of the “big businesses” we know today started in the imaginations of immigrants who came to America, the land of opportunity – a place of boundless possibilities where your station in life didn’t matter, a land where hard work, innovation and perseverance held the key to the American dream.

  • Oct 3rd, 2014 11:17pm

Cost of new medications could bankrupt health care | Don Brunell

The good news is we are developing new life-saving medications every day. The bad news is they are very expensive and paying for them could bankrupt our health care system.

  • Sep 26th, 2014 5:25pm

Freshwater shortage looming as next world crisis | Don Brunell

Even though water covers 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, less than two percent is freshwater. Therein lies the problem. As the world’s population grows, demand for water is increasing; in periods of drought it becomes a crisis.

  • Sep 22nd, 2014 9:04pm

Is an all-green energy strategy worth the cost? | Don Brunell

What if we could peer into the future and see the consequences of the decisions we make today? In a way, we can.

  • Sep 12th, 2014 10:27pm

Labor Day epilogue: Partnering for success | Don C. Brunell

Over the Labor Day weekend, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee gave a compelling commentary on the need for employers and employees to set aside their differences and partner.

  • Sep 7th, 2014 10:25pm

Strong state employment but warning lights are flashing | Don Brunell

The good news is Washington is separating itself from the national jobless rate. In July, an average 6.2 percent of Americans were looking for work, while Washington State’s unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent.

  • Aug 15th, 2014 8:00pm

Bathtubs, smokestacks and a five-star resort: lessons from Kohler, Wisconsin | Don Brunell

Today, there is a tendency to look with distain at manufacturing facilities, especially those located on working waterfronts. Historically, those factories were sited there because the raw materials and finished products could be transported only by water.

  • Aug 8th, 2014 10:02pm

The rest of the story: Demand for electricity is growing | Don Brunell

For decades, radio newsman Paul Harvey gave us a side of the news that we either hadn’t heard or hadn’t considered. His “Rest of the Story” commentaries provided an in-depth look at the news behind the headlines.

  • Aug 2nd, 2014 6:11pm

Hands-off attitudes cause economic and environmental damage | Don Brunell

The federal government continues to have a virtual “hands off” policy in our national forests – a policy that actually increases the chance of massive fires and disease.More than a century of fires provides stark evidence of the economic and environmental devastation wrought by massive wildfires.

  • Jul 25th, 2014 7:08pm

It’s not easy being green | Don Brunell

Reducing mankind’s carbon footprint has become the defining issue of our time and rightly so. Virtually every level of government has policies to reduce greenhouse gases by regulating everything from industrial CO2 emissions to cow flatulence.

  • Jul 18th, 2014 2:12am

Jobs abound in the Dakotas | Don Brunell

If you are looking for a family-wage job these days, there is no better place to look than the Dakotas . . . but for entirely different reasons.

  • Jul 11th, 2014 7:06pm

U.S. should not be more like France | Don Brunell

President Obama thinks the United States should be more like France. He made the comment recently while pushing for mandatory paid family leave. “France has worked this out, why can’t we?”

  • Jul 8th, 2014 3:02am

America’s Independence Means Reducing Foreign Dependence | Don Brunell

While much of today’s news deals with America’s decline, there is hope we can stimulate our economy, create manufacturing jobs and pay down our national debt by increasing our manufacturing and energy production.

  • Jun 26th, 2014 6:16pm

America Needs a Turnaround Leader Like Alan Mulally | Don Brunell

Later this year, Alan Mulally will leave Ford Motor Company. On July 1, he turns the reins over to 53-year old Mark Fields, closing a storied career at Ford and Boeing.

  • Jun 12th, 2014 6:49pm

Authorize the export, import bank | Don Brunell

We’re all familiar with car loans and home mortgages. They make it possible for consumers to make major purchases without paying cash up front. Responsibly done, everyone benefits – the purchasers, car dealers, autoworkers, realtors, construction crews and suppliers.

  • Jun 5th, 2014 5:55pm

Affordable, non-traditional college education | Don Brunell

Imagine 350 college grads walking across the stage to receive their degrees in a ceremony with no valedictorian and no student honors. That is exactly what the 2014 graduating class looked like when WGU Washington held its third graduation ceremony earlier this month.

  • May 24th, 2014 2:45pm

WGU is an Unconventional Success Story | Don Brunell

Imagine 350 college grads walking across the stage to receive their degrees in a ceremony with no valedictorian and no student honors. That is exactly what the 2014 graduating class looked like when WGU Washington held its third graduation ceremony earlier this month.

  • May 23rd, 2014 4:19pm

Leaders who forged Washington’s forests and fish | Don Brunell

Billy Frank, Jr. and Stu Bledsoe came from very different backgrounds, yet their friendship and determination laid the groundwork for what today is known as Washington’s historic Forests and Fish agreement. Those accords paved the way to revitalized wild salmon habitats, cleaner water and better forest management.

  • May 17th, 2014 4:10pm

The great leaders who forged the future of Washington’s forests and fish | Don Brunell

Billy Frank, Jr. and Stu Bledsoe came from very different backgrounds, yet their friendship and determination laid the groundwork for what today is known as Washington’s historic Forests and Fish agreement. Those accords paved the way to revitalized wild salmon habitats, cleaner water and better forest management.

  • May 16th, 2014 4:40pm

Americans are spoiled | Don Brunell

Let’s face it. We’re spoiled. Even in our tough economy, most Americans enjoy a myriad of conveniences we take for granted.

  • Apr 25th, 2014 5:16pm

Total Compensation is Key in Minimum Wage Debate | Don Brunell

One of the problems with the minimum wage debate is the name itself. If we want to ensure that we don’t hurt lower-income workers, we should consider total compensation, not just wages.

  • Apr 11th, 2014 5:48pm

It’s a Mistake to Rely on Russia’s Space Shuttle | Don Brunell

When President Obama permanently grounded America’s space shuttles a couple of years ago, he made a huge mistake. He gave Russia carte blanche over the International Space Station and we now pay $70 million each for our astronauts to hitch a ride.

  • Apr 3rd, 2014 10:16pm

What we didn’t see at Sochi | Don Brunell

During the Winter Olympics, viewers around the world marveled at the pristine snow-capped mountains surrounding Sochi, Russia’s Black Sea resort city.

  • Mar 21st, 2014 8:33pm

Joe Dear, a Man of Integrity and Humility | Don Brunell

It is rare that someone with deep roots in Washington State has his obituary published in the New York Times, but when Joe Dear died, the newspaper ran an extensive story.

  • Mar 7th, 2014 6:23pm

Is California a Glimpse Into Our Future? | Don Brunell

It’s not often we get a chance to peer into the future to see the consequences of our actions. California has given us that opportunity.

  • Feb 28th, 2014 8:09pm

Let’s learn from the Skagit River Bridge replacement | Don Brunell

The news these days is filled with stories about Big Bertha, the stalled Seattle waterfront drilling machine, and the cracks in the pontoons of the new SR 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington.

  • Feb 23rd, 2014 4:57pm

Assess risk and put it in perspective | Don Brunell

Where there is life, there is risk. That’s not some insightful quotation, it’s just a fact.

  • Feb 14th, 2014 2:04am

Approve the keystone pipe | Don Brunell

The Seattle Times headline said it all, “Obama running out of reasons to reject Keystone XL.”

  • Feb 6th, 2014 6:32pm