Don C. Brunell

Guest opinion: Good manners still count in business

Our parents drilled into our heads that saying “please” and “thank you” were not only part of everyday life, but were essential to operating a… Continue reading


Guest Opinion: Washington’s carbon tax differs from B.C.’s

In Olympia, Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing lawmakers to enact a new tax on carbon gas emissions before the legislature adjourns on March 8. Inslee… Continue reading


Guest opinion: Online sales good for Washington papermakers

Curbside recycling bins are packed with cardboard shipping boxes from Christmas online shopping. The uptick in consumer shipments is not only good news for the… Continue reading


Guest Opinion: Finding balance in occupational licensing

Recently, the Institute for Justice determined state licensing barriers for lower-income workers and aspiring entrepreneurs not only hurts people trying to establish themselves in a… Continue reading

Guest opinion: A million wreaths across America

Christmas is an especially difficult time for anyone grieving for lost loved ones. It is especially painful for America’s military families whose son, daughter, spouse… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Keep the holiday spirit all year long

During the holidays, our thoughts naturally turn to giving — not just giving gifts, but donating our time and money to charities, disasters and community… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Washington state would benefit from ANWR leasing

For the last two decades, federal legislation allowing oil and gas exploration in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) has been stymied. Now, it is… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Rural prosperity essential to washington

While Seattle is growing rapidly, our rural areas continue to struggle. They don’t have the corporate giants such as Amazon, Microsoft and Boeing creating jobs… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Remember 1993

Twenty-five years ago, business took a beating in Olympia. The swing to the left in the 1992 general election was swift and potent. It drove… Continue reading

Guest column: Remembering Ed Carlson, Vietnam POW

Since last Veteran’s Day, Ken Burns’ in-depth documentary on the Vietnam War has aired. It is a powerful reminder of an unpopular war in which… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Players taking a knee hurting NFL

On a recent Saturday afternoon in Portland, a young woman stepped onto the playing field at the beginning of the University of Montana vs Portland… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Impact of Hirst decision must be addressed

In Washington state, the legislative stalemate over permitting new household wells and the state’s construction budget has not only delayed needed funding for public projects,… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Tax policy changes must be carefully crafted and coordinated

Key tax policies emanating from the east and west coasts are like passenger trains passing one another heading in opposite directions. One train is loaded… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Mitigate massive wildfires danger

At last count firefighters were battling 82 major wildfires in 10 western states. The fires have already scorched 2,300 square miles of forests and range… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: People coming together is silver lining to Hurricane Harvey

All of the things that went wrong in New Orleans with Hurricane Katrina in 2005, appear to have been corrected with Houston’s recent Hurricane Harvey.… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Race to toll likely to clip Washington drivers

In 2014, President Barrack Obama opened the door for states to collect tolls on interstate highways. This year Oregon lawmakers, much to the chagrin of… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Dan Evans would serve America well

Recently, family, friends and dignitaries gathered at Hurricane Ridge near Port Angeles to celebrate the designation of the Daniel J. Evans Wilderness at Olympic National… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Massive fires increasing wood prices

Massive forest fires in western parts of Canada and the U.S. are not only choking us with layers of smoke, but are cutting off lumber… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Good news from Washington state’s boatyards

We can all use a dose of good news these days and there is some flowing from our state’s boatyards. When we think of maritime… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Searching for words that unite us

Two days before last year’s presidential election, Frank Luntz walked away from a CBS “60 Minutes” focus group leaving people uncontrollably screaming at one another.… Continue reading