Don Brunell

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Ordering champagne on the Titanic | Don Brunell

An enterprising Associated Press reporter put the cost of the recent $1.1 trillion dollar federal spending bill in perspective.

  • Jan 31st, 2014 7:06pm

Improve highway 167 to improve state’s future | Don Brunell

Improving Highway 167 could help change the face of global commerce and the future of Washington state. Really.

  • Jan 16th, 2014 5:38pm

The American way, nobody starts at the top | Don Brunell

Our country is awash in the politics of envy these days.

  • Jan 10th, 2014 8:27pm

It’s time to rethink Obamacare | Don Brunell

Amidst all the confusion, broken promises, false starts, delays, changes and mounting costs, 2014 is the year the president and Congress must rethink the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare.

  • Jan 8th, 2014 9:33pm

We all need a fresh start in 2014 | Don Brunell

The New Year is traditionally a time for reflection and renewal. A shiny new year lies ahead, full of promise.

  • Dec 28th, 2013 7:41pm

Keep the holiday spirit all year long | Don Brunell

During the holidays, our thoughts naturally turn to giving — not just giving gifts but donating our time and money to charities and community programs.

  • Dec 19th, 2013 11:00pm

What’s the plan? | Don Brunell

This summer, the nation sweltered in a deadly heat wave ... This fall, the nation froze in near-record cold.

  • Dec 14th, 2013 6:51pm

The ethanol shuffle and other bad ideas | Don Brunell

Have you heard of the Ethanol Shuffle? One step forward, two steps back. Actually, it’s not a dance; it’s part of California’s clean energy policy — a program our governor wants to emulate.

  • Dec 7th, 2013 5:07pm

Preserve affordable health insurance | Don Brunell

Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler made national news when he quickly rejected President Obama’s call for insurers to extend individual health insurance policies cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also referred to as Obamacare.

  • Nov 30th, 2013 7:52pm

When Boeing speaks, we should listen | Don Brunell

When Boeing warns that something is wrong, people listen — or at least they should.

  • Nov 16th, 2013 6:22pm

Congress should rebuild Obamacare | Don Brunell

In the midst of all the turmoil, confusion and partisan infighting over the Affordable Care Act, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s words have come back to haunt us: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”

  • Nov 1st, 2013 6:38pm

Will Washington be big in Boeing jumbo jet’s future?

When the first passengers took off in Boeing’s 747 in 1970, the aircraft was dubbed the “Queen of the Skies.” Since then, the company’s mammoth plant just south of Everett has been the kingpin of the world’s jumbo jet production.

  • Oct 26th, 2013 5:04pm

Lonesome Larry has lots of friends | Don Brunell

In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake in Idaho’s Sawtooth Mountains, the end of his migratory journey. Biologists dubbed the sole survivor, “Lonesome Larry.”

  • Oct 18th, 2013 8:58pm

Regulatory overreach, ‘enough is enough’

News stories about the government shutdown have shined a spotlight on the issue of government overreach.

  • Oct 12th, 2013 3:12pm

Franz Kafka and the Department of Ecology | Don Brunell

In 1915, Franz Kafka wrote a novel about a man who was arrested by two unidentified agents from an undetermined agency and put on trial before unseen judges for an unspecified crime. He was compelled to defend himself without knowing what crime he’d allegedly committed.

  • Oct 4th, 2013 7:53pm

Dangerous duels with Americans caught in the middle | Don Brunell

After spending a couple of days last week in Washington, D.C., I wonder how Congress and President Obama will settle their differences without hurting the taxpayers or crippling our struggling economy.

  • Sep 28th, 2013 5:04pm

ESA listing could undercut Washington’s economy | Don Brunell

A small critter is causing big problems in the South Puget Sound. It’s called the Mazama pocket gopher.

  • Sep 20th, 2013 7:18pm

When national parks burn | Don Brunell

Today’s news is filled with images of the massive wildfire that has raged across nearly 400 square miles near Yosemite National Park, threatening San Francisco’s water supply.

  • Sep 13th, 2013 8:36pm

Railroads move America’s energy safely and efficiently | Don Brunell

For activists intent on stopping all use of fossil fuel, train safety has become their cause du jour. After all, if you can block transport of fossil fuels, you can choke off their use.

  • Sep 6th, 2013 10:26pm

The minimum wage debate | Don Brunell

The central element of Proposition 1 is a $15 per hour minimum wage for workers at SeaTac Airport and area hotels, restaurants and car rental agencies. But, it also includes a complex web of employee work rules enforced by the City of SeaTac.

  • Aug 30th, 2013 10:35pm

Different strategy, same results | Don Brunell

There’s an old saying, “There’s more than one way to catch a cat.” It means, if you don’t succeed one way, try again using a different strategy.

  • Aug 23rd, 2013 9:22pm

Is carbon dioxide really the target? | Don Brunell

Environmental activists claim they want to reduce production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. If so, they’re going about it in a very strange way.

  • Aug 16th, 2013 7:41pm

In defense of Gerald Ford | Don Brunell

Musings on a president's political courage and legacy.

  • Aug 9th, 2013 5:51pm

Weighing Washington’s high cost of doing business | Don Brunell

Gov. Jay Inslee was in New York for the world rollout of BMW’s new electric car, the BMW i3, which is partially built in Washington. We are all justifiably proud of our state’s role and see the car as a harbinger of Washington’s economic future.

  • Jul 26th, 2013 6:48pm

The magic of Washington Business Week | Don Brunell

Each summer for the past 38 years, students and adult leaders from across our state have gathered at university campuses for week-long free enterprise “boot camps” called Business Week.

  • Jul 20th, 2013 6:40pm

ObamaCare in need of a remake | Don Brunell

Summer is blockbuster movie season, a time when Hollywood releases its biggest productions. In our nation’s capital, the political version of a blockbuster, “The Affordable Care Act: Obamacare,” is now making its debut. But early previews suggest it’s not quite ready for the big screen.

  • Jul 12th, 2013 7:48pm

Science can help feed starving people | Don Brunell

It’s hard to believe there are starving people in the world when Americans shop in well-stocked supermarkets and dine out at any of our 618,000 restaurants.

  • Jul 1st, 2013 12:39am

Science can help feed starving people | Don Brunell

It’s hard to believe there are starving people in the world when Americans shop in well-stocked supermarkets and dine out at any of our 618,000 restaurants.

  • Jun 29th, 2013 9:17pm

What about the rest of us? | Don Brunell

The newspaper Politico reports that dozens of members of Congress and their staffers are so worried about rising premium costs under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that they may quit or retire before the law fully goes into effect Jan. 1.

  • Jun 21st, 2013 8:01pm

Portland is municipal fluoridation’s odd duck | Brunell

When it comes to drinking water, Portland is an odd duck. Since 1956, voters have consistently rejected adding minuscule amounts of fluoride to their water supply to prevent tooth decay. They again flocked to the polls in May to kill the latest ballot measure.

  • Jun 14th, 2013 6:38pm

Preserve and expand Washington’s traditional manufacturing jobs | Don Brunell

As the budget battles continue in Olympia, state lawmakers are rightly focusing on the need to retain and expand good-paying aerospace and high-tech manufacturing jobs.

  • Jun 9th, 2013 7:31pm

Preserve and expand Washington’s traditional manufacturing jobs | Don Brunell

As the budget battles continue in Olympia, state lawmakers are rightly focusing on the need to retain and expand good-paying aerospace and high-tech manufacturing jobs.

  • Jun 7th, 2013 9:01pm

Preserve and expand Washington’s traditional manufacturing jobs

As the budget battles continue in Olympia, state lawmakers are rightly focusing on the need to retain and expand good-paying aerospace and high-tech manufacturing jobs.

  • Jun 7th, 2013 8:20pm

Higher taxes and costs will send jobs out of state | Don Brunell

As lawmakers scramble to fund the state budget, some legislators and interest groups are targeting tax incentives designed to attract businesses and create jobs. Meanwhile, much-needed workers’ compensation reforms languish in the Legislature.

  • May 31st, 2013 7:03pm

The human spirit is our greatest asset | Don Brunell President’s Perspective

With a steady stream of bad news stories about maimed soldiers, the Boston Marathon bombing and the house of horrors in Cleveland, it would be natural to despair for the human condition. What defect in the human character allows us to do such things?

  • May 18th, 2013 12:30am

Who says Congress and the President can’t move quickly? | Don Brunell

Air travelers received a bit of good news recently: A bill to put air traffic controllers back to work whisked through the House and Senate and flew into the White House for President Obama’s signature.

  • May 10th, 2013 6:39pm

Avoiding the Obamacare train wreck | Don Brunell

According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, cost estimates for Obamacare’s new entitlements — the Medicaid expansion and exchange subsidies — have doubled since it was signed into law in 2010.

  • May 4th, 2013 8:03pm

What happens in Seattle stays in Seattle | Don Brunell

There’s an old saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.” Well, what happens in Seattle should stay in Seattle.

  • Apr 27th, 2013 3:43pm

Are we creating more poor people? | Don Brunell

There’s an ancient Chinese proverb that says, "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."

  • Apr 19th, 2013 7:57pm

New federal regulations will boost the cost of gas, again | Don Brunell

Imagine that you see a swimmer floundering in the water. You call the rescue squad and then you toss the swimmer a concrete block. Does that make sense? Of course not, but that’s what’s happening in Washington, D.C.

  • Apr 12th, 2013 7:12pm

State budgets in disarray | Don Brunell

When an errant SUV crashes through your picture window, you may not notice that your barbecue tipped over and caught your house on fire. So it is with the U.S. economy these days.

  • Apr 5th, 2013 9:44pm

The forgotten constituency | Don Brunell

During the 1992 presidential campaign, then-candidate Bill Clinton famously intoned, “I feel your pain,” an attempt to reassure voters he understood what they were going through. Since then, similar statements of empathy have become a staple for politicians.

  • Mar 29th, 2013 8:17pm

Honoring Booth Gardner | Don Brunell

The tributes to former Gov. Booth Gardner, who died March 15 at the age of 76, remind us of a better time. Throughout his political career, Booth was known for his respectful demeanor, good humor and dedication to consensus.

  • Mar 22nd, 2013 8:54pm

One-stop tax collection makes sense | Don Brunell

Regulations are like bricks. One brick doesn’t weigh that much, but as you add more bricks, the load gets heavier and heavier until eventually it becomes a crushing burden that slows progress to a crawl.

  • Mar 15th, 2013 6:54pm

Grassroots momentum growing for immigration reform | Don Brunell

The powers in the other Washington appear to be aligning to reform our country’s immigration laws. It has taken awhile, but it is now time to make the necessary changes.

  • Mar 8th, 2013 8:30pm

Association health plans work | Don Brunell

In 1993, Gov. Mike Lowry (D) wanted to help small employers offer health insurance. Too many could not afford coverage for their employees and their families. His idea — which was a template for President and Mrs. Clinton’s national health reforms — was a government mandate requiring all employers to offer a plan with the same benefits for all workers. It didn’t work for three fundamental reasons.

  • Feb 22nd, 2013 8:51pm

A hydropower renaissance | Don Brunell

When Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1942, it was called the “Eighth Wonder of the Modern World.”

  • Feb 18th, 2013 9:48pm

Washington state is missing out on tourism dollars | Don Brunell’s Business View

When we moved from Montana to Olympia 35 years ago, we saw enticing television and magazine ads for our neighboring states, but none for Washington. Fast forward to 2013 and nothing has changed. It was puzzling then, but even more perplexing today, considering the money and jobs at stake.

  • Feb 8th, 2013 7:42pm

Washington slips in ‘Best States’ ranking | Don Brunell’s Business View

The famous baseball pitcher Satchel Paige used to say, "Don't look back — something might be gaining on you." With all due respect to Satchel, Washington should glance over its shoulder because something is gaining on us. Competing states are coming after Washington’s economic powerhouse: aerospace.

  • Feb 1st, 2013 10:55pm

California vs. Texas | Don Brunell

California and Texas are like the two biggest kids on the block going toe-to-toe for bragging rights. Who’s the biggest? Who’s the best? Bravado aside, comparing the business climate in these two states reveals why one state is lagging while the other is thriving.

  • Jan 26th, 2013 12:01am