Don C. Brunell

Guest Opinion: Refocusing climate debate to practical solutions

Debating whether it was wrong for President Trump to pull the United States out of the Paris climate accord negotiations is never ending. Both sides… Continue reading

Guest opinion: American needs more welders, fewer philosophers

“America needs more welders and fewer philosophers,” proclaimed Florida Sen. Marco Rubio during the 2016 presidential campaign. He hit the nail on the head without… Continue reading

Brunell: Distractive driving goes beyond the law

Note: Don Brunell is a member of the AAA-Washington Board of Directors. While state lawmakers work to bridge major differences in the budget, they agreed… Continue reading

Brunell: Entrepreneurs remain key in America’s success

American entrepreneurs’ ability to invent, create and bring products and services to market makes our nation great. Their success generates the tax revenue which fund… Continue reading

Brunell: State carbon tax would be harmful

A major hurdle for lawmakers in Olympia working to finish the next two-year state budget and adjourn the so-called “carbon tax.” However, Gov. Jay Inslee… Continue reading

Guest Opinion: Lawmakers must consider costs of all taxes

As lawmakers in Olympia inch toward adjournment, they must keep in mind the total added costs of new taxes on our state’s economy. It is… Continue reading

Brunell: When you dig deeper, the president’s ‘tough talk’ on trade doesn’t sound as good

When President Trump spoke to Boeing workers at its South Carolina production facility, he reiterated his campaign promise to bring jobs back to America. It… Continue reading

Brunell: Washington state has a lot riding on NAFTA

In 1993, President Bill Clinton was pictured holding a Washington apple while promoting the virtues of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). That photo… Continue reading

Brunell: Cop shootings, job stress increased last year

The number of police officers shot and killed last year rose dramatically. So did the number of assaults on cops and the stress under which… Continue reading

Brunell: Opportunities with the shift from oil

As 2017 approaches, it is fascinating to look back at the vast changes in our lives over the last century and then imagine where we… Continue reading

Brunell: Washington apples making comeback

This year’s good news is Washington apple production is the second best ever. The better news is shipments to Asian markets are returning to normal.… Continue reading

Brunell: A million wreaths across America

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

Brunell: 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

Brunell: Putting Americans back to work is job one

The message is clear. President-elect Donald Trump’s “Job One” is to put people back to work. Lack of jobs and employment opportunities exacerbated the plight… Continue reading