Don C. Brunell

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

 

Guest opinion: Boeing hopes to build upon record year

Last year, a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) global study of aerospace manufacturing attractiveness found the United States is top rated and within our country, Washington is the… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Ways to drain the swamp

Many pundits predict American political warfare will worsen in 2019 and grow more ruthless in 2020—our next presidential election year. The swamp that candidate Donald… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Good economic news sprinkled with caution

The good news is Washington state’s revenues continue to grow and projections for the next couple of years appear promising. That is welcome news, but… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Christmas wreaths help ease pain

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving the death of a loved one. It is especially hard when they were slain in the line-of-duty… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Reducing wildfire risk is imperative

While massive wildfires are historic, they are more dangerous today. As our population grows they are a greater threat to communities adjacent to wildlands. This… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Costs matter in hiring

While both sides argue over the merits of Seattle’s escalating minimum wage, there are other issues, such as the total cost per worker, which enter… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Military also adjusting to worker shortages

When our military is viewed as an employer, it has the same problem as the private sector; attracting qualified people to fill jobs. In today’s… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Carbon fee hurts business and families

Give Gov. Jay Inslee and backers of Initiative 1631 credit. They are persistent in their quest to invoke a fee on carbon emissions. Voters will… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Avoiding trouble tweeting

Since President Trump took office, the attention to social media has mushroomed. His pointed tweets are often the top news story each day. Twitter, Facebook… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Trade wars hit state’s cherry growers hard

Last April, Washington wheat, apple and cherry growers hoped U.S. and China trade negotiators would resolve differences and prevent imposition of damaging tariffs on our… Continue reading

American giving surpassed $400 billion

Believe it or not, there is good news to report these days. According to the Center on Philanthropy at Indiana University, last year Americans donated… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Role models are among us

Too often, our sons and daughters tend to look for role models in lofty places and many become disillusioned by the bad behavior some of… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Seattle’s misstep highlights need for new approach

Last week, Seattle’s City Council did an “about face” revoking the onerous corporate head tax it unanimously enacted less than one month ago. Its city… Continue reading

Guest opinion: ‘Head tax’ vote brings bad, tough-to-shed labels

The battle in Seattle over the city council’s imposition of a head tax on large companies is generating disparaging labels that local elected leaders likely… Continue reading

Guest opinion: New approaches needed to fight super wildfires

With western wildfires growing in size and destroying more homes, farms and businesses, there is a need for new tools and approaches. The infernos are… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Skilled trade jobs go unfilled in our robust economy

Millions of college graduates find themselves saddled with crushing debt and more than a third of them won’t be working in their chosen profession. Many… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Streamlining regulations helps Americans compete

President Trump campaigned on cutting taxes, streamlining regulations and improving infrastructure. He also vowed to renegotiate our trade agreements calling the North American Free Trade… Continue reading