Don C. Brunell

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

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