Don C. Brunell

Guest opinion: Impeachment aside, there’s work to be done

Now that President Trump’s impeachment process is formally underway, Democrats and Republicans need to avoid becoming completely absorbed by it. They must work together on… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: ‘Greatest Generation’ quickly slipping into history

Just before Veterans Day, the last known survivor of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor died at age 98. With the passing of George Hursey… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: It is time to talk about our national debt

Our nation is on an unsustainable borrowing trajectory and it could get much worse unless voters start asking politicians: “How are taxpayers going to pay… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: The wildfire season that wasn’t

The Oregonian characterized the 2019 wildfire season as the “season that wasn’t!” That’s good news for West Coast states; however, it doesn’t mean we are… Continue reading

Guest opinion: High costs drive people to move

Too often, elected officials overlook the cumulative costs of regulations, taxes and fees on taxpayers; however, it comes back to bite them hard when people… Continue reading

Guest column: In going green, careful not to follow Sweden’s haste

Sweden and Washington state are very similar. Both have strong “green” movements and are quickly moving to eliminate all carbon-emitting fuels from cars and power… Continue reading

Guest opinion: America’s renewed interest in moon

With all of the attention on the 50th anniversary of the Lunar landing, many are looking ahead to the next half century of space exploration.… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Restoring affordability to a college education is vital to america

When my parents graduated from high school in 1936, a college education was too expensive for the son of a copper miner and the daughter… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Family-owned business is backbone of America

During the 1992 presidential campaign, then-candidate Bill Clinton famously intoned, “I feel your pain,” reassuring voters he understood what they were going through. Since then,… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Could Seattle put on a World’s Fair today?

On April 21, 1962, the Seattle World’s Fair opened. The “Century 21 Exhibition” ran for six months, drew 11 million visitors, turned a profit and… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Removing Snake River dams is unwise

There are dams that should come down and those that shouldn’t. Hopefully, as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers conducts its review of the 14… Continue reading

Washington’s big tax bump

With the dust settling from the 2019 legislative session, the focus is assessing the impacts on taxpayers and our economy. Our state’s budget grew by… Continue reading

Guest opinion: E-waste reduction requires innovative approaches

“One of the biggest challenges of the 21st century is dealing with the progress of the 20th century — especially old computers, monitors, cellular phones… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Darker side of renewables

Before our country, in haste, dives totally into renewable energy, we must carefully evaluate its impacts. By just focusing on eliminating natural gas, liquid fuels… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Retrieving ocean trash is only first step

People across our planet are increasingly aware of the growing amounts of trash floating in our oceans. While we are finding new ways to collect… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Lawmakers need to re-examine budget before adjourning

Before lawmakers wrap up their work in Olympia, they should re-examine their hefty new state spending plan. The budget may not be sustainable even with… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Trade issues coalesce Washington’s delegation

Historically, international trade issues have galvanized our state’s congressional delegation. Many wondered if that would still be the case today. Fortunately, it seems to be.… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Washington farmers need tariff relief

The good news is Washington’s cherry crop is projected to be as good as 2018; however, absent tariff relief from the ongoing U.S.-China trade tiff,… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Growing resistance to corporate incentives

The circumstances leading to Amazon’s decision to scrap its New York City project are trends corporate leaders need to examine closely. There are cultural and… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Student debt draining retired income

Lots is written about students exiting college saddled with hefty student loans; however, the impact on retired parents went largely unnoticed. Recently, Wall Street Journal… Continue reading