Don Brunell

Twinkies and the new reality | Don Brunell

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.