Don Brunell

Don posted 274 stories to Courier-Herald.
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DON BRUNELL: Lump of coal in Christmas stocking

Senate Democrats describe their health-reform bill as a Christmas present for the American people. In reality, it is a lump of coal for U.S. taxpayers.

  • Dec 27th, 2009 8:59pm

High taxes jeopardize our state jobs

Taxes are powerful tools that change behavior. Low taxes encourage, high taxes discourage.

  • Dec 19th, 2009 5:53am

BRUNELL: Rearranging deck chairs on Titanic

As part of its health-reform package, the U.S. Senate wants to expand access to the nearly bankrupt Medicare program.

  • Dec 15th, 2009 12:12am

DON BRUNELL: No magic wand, only hard choices

In our state, the governor must submit a balanced budget to the Legislature.

  • Dec 8th, 2009 12:41am

DON BRUNELL: Disorder in the American court system

As the debate rages over the causes and consequences of global warming, one impact is certain: global warming is about to create an avalanche of lawsuits against the federal government and private industry.

  • Dec 1st, 2009 12:15am

Flags signal the start of the suffering

Lowering our flags to half-staff seems to be an all too familiar sight across our nation these days.

  • Nov 9th, 2009 11:27pm

DON BRUNELL: State is a hotbed for green energy

Two studies recently confirmed what most people in Washington already know: Our state is a hotbed for green energy innovation, conservation and job creation.

  • Nov 2nd, 2009 10:51pm

DON BRUNELL: Our innovation will bring U.S. back

Some prominent economists tell us we are starting to come out of the worst recession since the Great Depression, but many worry the uptick won’t last.

  • Oct 13th, 2009 12:05am

Program may die after Dottie flies

If all goes as planned, Vancouver teacher-astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger will be on board Space Shuttle Discovery when it lifts off March 10.

  • Oct 5th, 2009 11:54pm

Bad times show comp system flaws

Washington’s Department of Labor and Industries has proposed an average 7.6 percent increase in workers’ compensation premiums for 2010.

  • Sep 28th, 2009 11:41pm

Salmon runs increase on rivers

Even though the plan to manage the Columbia and Snake rivers continues in flux, things are improving for the fish and people who depend on the two waterways.

  • Sep 21st, 2009 11:19pm

What about medical malpractice reform?

When President Obama addressed Congress and the nation on the need for health-care reform, he brushed off medical malpractice lawsuit abuse with a cursory acknowledgement of the problem.

  • Sep 15th, 2009 12:47am

COLUMNIST: Replicate success, not failure

People have a lot of questions about the proposed federal health care reforms. But the most important question we should ask – perhaps the only one – is will “ObamaCare” work?

  • Sep 8th, 2009 9:33pm

COLUMNIST: Reforest forests, not farms

Climate change legislation misguided

  • Sep 8th, 2009 9:33pm

COLUMNIST: Breaching dams will change farmland

California’s lush Napa Valley is packed with thriving vineyards and wineries. In contrast, the surrounding hills are parched and dry – a reminder of what the valley was like before irrigation.

  • Aug 25th, 2009 10:18pm

Texas thriving amidst economic turmoil

The federal government is borrowing a trillion dollars to fund its massive stimulus plan, California is broke, the feds have taken over car companies and banks, and the national unemployment rate is 9.5 percent and rising.

  • Aug 11th, 2009 7:37am

COLUMNIST: Bagless in Seattle? Bag tax is bad idea

On Aug. 18, Seattle voters will decide whether to reject a new fee aimed at reducing the use of paper and plastic bags.

  • Aug 4th, 2009 8:46pm

COLUMNIST: Are we passing on the opportunities?

This summer, many business leaders traded their offices for classrooms to mentor high school students at Washington Business Week. For me, it was the first time I was a company adviser since the early 1980s, and boy did I learn a lot.

  • Aug 4th, 2009 8:52pm

Double standard exists in education

Recently, the Associated Press reported that hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid full salary with benefits to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just doing what they please.

  • Aug 3rd, 2009 8:40pm

COLUMNIST: Double standard exists in education

Recently, the Associated Press reported that hundreds of New York City public school teachers accused of offenses ranging from insubordination to sexual misconduct are being paid full salary with benefits to sit around all day playing Scrabble, surfing the Internet or just doing what they please.

  • Aug 4th, 2009 8:54pm

Alternatives to cap and trade exist

President Obama says the opponents of cap and trade are not telling the truth. Unfortunately, the president is attempting to position his opponents as “do nothing” on the environment, which is not true. He needs to recognize there are other less costly ways to reduce CO2 which will help lift our economy rather than sink it.

  • Jul 14th, 2009 7:12am

Legislation forces union membership

Who would have thought that parents would have to join a union in order to take care of their disabled children? But that’s the case in Washington.

  • Jul 7th, 2009 7:28am

‘Buy America’ doesn’t sound as good

On the surface, “Buy America” sounds patriotic and seems like a no-brainer. It seems like the right thing to do because it supports American workers and companies.

  • Jun 30th, 2009 6:23am

Cap-and-trade is a $650 billion tax

Higher energy prices are a hidden undeclared tax.

  • Jun 23rd, 2009 5:04am