Don Brunell

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Approve the keystone pipe | Don Brunell

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

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.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

When Boeing speaks, we should listen | Don Brunell

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