Don C. Brunell

Guest opinion: Imagine not knowing about coronavirus pandemic for month

In America today with our around the clock news and instant texting, can you imagine anyone not hearing about our coronavirus pandemic for nearly a… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: TP shortage is tip of iceberg

If you think the run on toilet paper is just an American thing, think again. On March 10, Business Insider reported: “The spread of the… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: Coronavirus testing telecommuting effectiveness

Nobody knows how deep the impact of the coronavirus will be, but one thing that it is destined to test is how effectively people will… Continue reading

 

Guest opinion: Legislators must find better ways to reduce CO2

Washington and Oregon lawmakers want to end their legislative sessions; however, accounting for the costs of carbon emissions is a major road block. In Salem,… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Student loan assistance an attractive employer benefit

Employers are looking at additional benefits to help workers who are stressed out over paying rent, transportation and food, and student loans. Even though job… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Dams are the Northwest flood busters

A year ago, much of America’s heartland was inundated by Missouri River flood waters. At least 1 million acres of U.S. farmland in nine major… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Bridges shouldn’t have to sink to be replaced

Bridges shouldn’t have to sink to be replaced. However, at times that’s what it takes. Too often new projects succumb to years of fighting among… Continue reading

Guest opinion: ‘Retail-tainment’ may save malls

Preliminary sales trends from Small Business Saturday show a continuing increase in smartphone purchases even among shoppers patronizing local merchants. According to the Associated Press,… Continue reading

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