Don Brunell

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A commitment to our veterans | Don Brunell

In the midst of seemingly endless partisan arguments in our nation’s capital about how to reduce unemployment, Wal-Mart, America’s largest retailer, announced its own plan to deal with the problem.

  • Jan 18th, 2013 7:24pm

Kicking the can off the ‘cliff’ | Don Brunell’s Business View

When I grew up, kids in neighborhoods gathered in a vacant lot or backyard to play “kick the can.” It was a combination of hide-n-seek, tag and capture the flag — and it was fun.

  • Jan 11th, 2013 7:26pm

Biomass a good source of renewable energy | Don Brunell

As we look ahead in 2013, the cost and availability of electricity will become more important to our families, farmers, merchants and factories.

  • Dec 30th, 2012 6:07am

Focus is on private donors as need grows | Don Brunell

With all the class warfare these days, "rich" has become a four-letter word. To hear some tell it, high-income earners are greedy misers who don't pay their "fair share."

  • Dec 28th, 2012 2:33am

Focus is on private donors as need grows | Don Brunell

With all the class warfare these days, "rich" has become a four-letter word. To hear some tell it, high-income earners are greedy misers who don't pay their "fair share."

  • Dec 24th, 2012 6:58pm

Redefining the Bush tax cuts | Don Brunell

Everyone is talking about the “fiscal cliff” deadline looming on Dec. 31, when automatic tax increases and spending cuts take effect unless Congress reaches a compromise. Both political camps are in full campaign mode, blaming the other for the lack of progress.

  • Dec 14th, 2012 11:41pm

Redefining the Bush tax cuts | Don Brunell

Everyone is talking about the “fiscal cliff” deadline looming on Dec. 31, when automatic tax increases and spending cuts take effect unless Congress reaches a compromise. Both political camps are in full campaign mode, blaming the other for the lack of progress.

  • Dec 14th, 2012 10:55pm

Small change will cost billions | Don Brunell

We’re seeing a lot of news stories these days about the projected costs of the new federal health care law known as Obamacare. Employers of all sizes, from small companies to warehouse stores and restaurant chains, are warning that compliance costs will force layoffs and price hikes.

  • Dec 8th, 2012 10:00pm

Small change will cost billions | Don Brunell’s Business View

We’re seeing a lot of news stories these days about the projected costs of the new federal health care law known as Obamacare. Employers of all sizes, from small companies to warehouse stores and restaurant chains, are warning that compliance costs will force layoffs and price hikes.

  • Dec 7th, 2012 8:16pm

Boeing had a great year | Don Brunell

Every year about this time, we compare the commercial airplane sales of Boeing and its European arch rival, Airbus.

  • Nov 30th, 2012 11:11pm

Twinkies and the new reality | Don Brunell

The end of Hostess Brands Inc. is a lesson for us all.

  • Nov 23rd, 2012 5:14am

All students need solid grounding in math, science | Don Brunell

In “the good old days,” schools emphasized “reading, writing and arithmetic” taught to the tune of the hickory stick.

  • Nov 18th, 2012 12:50am

Don’t discount the value of a trade education | Don Brunell

In “the good old days,” schools emphasized “reading, writing and arithmetic” taught to the tune of the hickory stick.

  • Nov 17th, 2012 2:55am

American ingenuity will create jobs and economic growth | Don Brunell

Before the campaign promises of more jobs and renewed prosperity fade away, elected officials need to understand that those promises must be kept.

  • Nov 10th, 2012 8:04pm

Steering away from the fiscal cliff | Don Brunell

Before the campaign promises of more jobs and renewed prosperity fade away, elected officials need to understand that those promises must be kept.

  • Nov 9th, 2012 10:42pm

What are we doing to our kids? | Don Brunell’s Business View

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) recently reported that, if Congress fails to avert the “fiscal cliff” by the end of December, six million jobs will disappear over the next two years, sending the unemployment rate soaring to near 12 percent.

  • Nov 2nd, 2012 8:23pm

This election is about government control | Don Brunell’s Business View

When you peel off the layers and get beyond the rhetoric, this year’s presidential election is about government control. President Obama wants government to have a greater say in our daily lives, while Gov. Romney advocates for greater personal responsibility and private-sector solutions.

  • Oct 30th, 2012 7:48pm

Striking it rich in North Dakota | Don Brunell

In 1951, if farmer Henry Bakken had told you there was oil under his prairie land in Williston, N.D., you’d have thought he was a few bricks short of a load.

  • Oct 14th, 2012 5:46pm

Make Your Voice Heard: VOTE! | Don Brunell

Elections are always important, but the stakes are particularly high this year with our economy stuck in neutral and threatening to slip into reverse.

  • Oct 7th, 2012 2:39am

Will your vote help create private sector jobs? | Don Brunell’s Business View

Elections are always important, but the stakes are particularly high this year with our economy stuck in neutral and threatening to slip into reverse.

  • Oct 5th, 2012 7:59pm

Outsourcing may be the unintended consequence of healthcare reform | Don Brunell

When the so-called Affordable Care Act was signed into law, President Obama promised that health care would be affordable and repeatedly assured Americans that if they liked their health plan and their doctor, they could keep them.

  • Sep 29th, 2012 12:40am

Outsourcing may be the unintended consequence of Obamacare | Don Brunell’s Business View

When the so-called Affordable Care Act was signed into law, President Obama promised that health care would be affordable and repeatedly assured Americans that if they liked their health plan and their doctor, they could keep them.

  • Sep 28th, 2012 8:29pm

U.S. Senate could solve a taxation nightmare | Don C. Brunell

Have you ever traveled to another state for your job, perhaps to attend a business meeting or a conference? Most people have. But few people realize that they may owe income taxes in that other state.

  • Sep 24th, 2012 3:14am

U.S. Senate could solve a taxation nightmare | Don Brunell’s Business View

Have you ever traveled to another state for your job, perhaps to attend a business meeting or a conference? Most people have. But few people realize that they may owe income taxes in that other state.

  • Sep 21st, 2012 8:00pm

Seattle Councilman’s felon-hiring law leaves unconsidered liabilities | Don Brunell’s Business View

Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell is proposing a new law that would prohibit employers from “discriminating” against convicted felons. The law would prevent any employer, whether they are a hospital, school or merchant, from looking at an applicant’s criminal record until late in the hiring process and, with few exceptions, would not allow them to reject applicants solely on their criminal history.

  • Sep 20th, 2012 9:27pm

There is a better way to help convicted felons find a job | Don Brunell

Seattle City Councilman Bruce Harrell is proposing a new law that would prohibit employers from “discriminating” against convicted felons.

  • Sep 15th, 2012 5:55pm

Are We Getting Railroaded? | Don Brunell

Recently, Matthew Rose, CEO of BNSF Railway, visited editorial boards in Vancouver, Spokane, Seattle and Bellingham to talk about a variety of issues related to increased train traffic.

  • Sep 9th, 2012 3:23am

Are we getting railroaded? | Don Brunell’s Business View

Recently, Matthew Rose, CEO of BNSF Railway, visited editorial boards in Vancouver, Spokane, Seattle and Bellingham to talk about a variety of issues related to increased train traffic. However, the 800 pound gorilla in the room was not train traffic, but the commodity those trains would carry: coal.

  • Sep 7th, 2012 7:25pm

Actions speak to manufacturers louder than words | Don Brunell’s Business View

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney tell voters they want manufacturers to stay in America and create new jobs. The president even promised an audience in New Hampshire that he’d create 4.5 million new jobs, half of those in manufacturing.

  • Aug 31st, 2012 5:10pm

Affordable Health Care Act is a string of broken promises | Brunell’s Business View

President Obama’s national health care law was passed with lofty promises but no details. Few lawmakers read the 2,000-plus page bill before voting on it, but supporters promised it would expand access to health care, cut health care costs and — most importantly — allow people to keep their coverage and their doctors if they wished.

  • Aug 25th, 2012 12:12am

Poland and America heading in opposite directions | Don Brunell

Poland broke the shackles of Soviet domination two decades ago with the rise of Lech Walesa and the Solidarity labor movement. Free for the first time since World War II, Poland cast off its yoke of government control and central planning in favor of an American-style free enterprise system.

  • Aug 19th, 2012 3:23am

Poland and America heading in opposite directions | Don Brunell’s Business View

Poland broke the shackles of Soviet domination two decades ago with the rise of Lech Walesa and the Solidarity labor movement. Free for the first time since World War II, Poland cast off its yoke of government control and central planning in favor of an American-style free enterprise system.

  • Aug 17th, 2012 7:43pm

Federal Health Care Law Will Worsen Doctor Shortage

President Obama’s national health care law, the Affordable Care Act, will extend health care coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans.

  • Aug 12th, 2012 2:36am

Complying with regulations has become ‘Mission Impossible’ | Don Brunell

It’s hard enough for employers to cope with hundreds of new regulations passed each year, added to the tens of thousands of regulations already on the books.

  • Aug 4th, 2012 4:57am

Complying with regulations has become ‘Mission: Impossible’ | Don Brunell’s Business View

It’s hard enough for employers to cope with hundreds of new regulations passed each year, added to the tens of thousands of regulations already on the books.

  • Aug 3rd, 2012 11:56pm

Giving fish a ride helps ensure safe passage, electricity | Don C. Brunell

Some activists believe there is no such thing as a good dam, that we should destroy all dams to restore fish runs, no questions asked.

  • Jul 30th, 2012 2:33am

Restoring habitats is reasonable, crippling humans’ electricity and irrigation isn’t | Don Brunell’s Business View

Some activists believe there is no such thing as a good dam, that we should destroy all dams to restore fish runs, no questions asked.

  • Jul 29th, 2012 11:01pm

Beyond reason | Don C. Brunell

Apparently, the battle for clean energy can be a very dirty business.

  • Jul 13th, 2012 6:28pm

Health Care issue isn’t over by a long shot | Brunell’s Business View

The 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the federal health care law doesn’t close the book on health reform. The court ruled that the individual mandate requiring everyone to purchase health insurance is constitutional because the fines for not purchasing insurance are taxes, not penalties.

  • Jul 10th, 2012 6:53pm

Health care reform still a work in progress | Don Brunell

The 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the federal health care law doesn’t close the book on health reform. The court ruled that the individual mandate requiring everyone to purchase health insurance is constitutional because the fines for not purchasing insurance are taxes, not penalties.

  • Jul 8th, 2012 1:45am

Safe roads important to quality of life | Don Brunell

Any realtor will tell you people looking to buy a home want good schools and safe neighborhoods. They also look for decent roads for when they head to the mountains or the beach during holiday weekends, such as Memorial Day or July 4. They want to know that if they are in an accident, someone will respond quickly to help them.

  • Jun 30th, 2012 1:10am

Student employment sinks to 20-year low | Don Brunell

We all know about the nation’s weak economy and tough job market, but the prolonged recession is hitting high school and college students as well.

  • Jun 28th, 2012 6:23pm

Education is the great equalizer | Don Brunell

During his term as Washington’s governor, Gary Locke’s mantra was “education is the great equalizer.” Locke, now the U.S. Ambassador to China, was correct, but in our country, today education is becoming the great separator.

  • Jun 17th, 2012 3:54am

Federal government shouldn’t make things worse | Don Brunell

The U.S. economy added just 69,000 jobs in May, less than half the expected number, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics revised down jobs figures for the two previous months as the unemployment rate rose to 8.2 percent.

  • Jun 9th, 2012 7:07pm

Frustration over failing schools reaches the tipping point | Don Brunell

There comes a time when enough is enough. No more excuses, no more delays.

  • Jun 3rd, 2012 5:17am

Northwest economy may be a casualty of the war on coal | Don Brunell

Activists waging a national war on coal have turned their sights on the Pacific Northwest, targeting proposed shipping terminals in Washington and Oregon that would export coal to China.

  • May 27th, 2012 4:41am

Critical information lacking for new ecology regulations | Don Brunell

When the Environmental Protection Agency was formed in 1970, our environmental problems were easy to see: factories belched black smoke, leaded gasoline fouled our air and water and rivers were so polluted they actually caught fire.

  • May 21st, 2012 5:14am

Roll On Columbia | Don Brunell

In 1942, the completion of Grand Coulee Dam was hailed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World.” Seventy years later, most of us aren’t aware of what that dam or the others on the Columbia River continue to do for us.

  • May 12th, 2012 2:25am

Brunell’s Business View: Grand Coulee is no dam business of removal activists

In 1942, the completion of Grand Coulee Dam was hailed as the "Eighth Wonder of the World.” Seventy years later, most of us aren’t aware of what that dam or the others on the Columbia River continue to do for us.

  • May 11th, 2012 10:48pm

Brunell’s Business View: Shrewdness necessary in choosing which dams to demolish

Demolishing the two dams on the Elwha River west of Port Angeles is a good thing and, hopefully the salmon and steelhead will return in record numbers. But breaching the four lower Snake River dams is an entirely different matter.

  • May 9th, 2012 9:29pm