Don C. Brunell

Guest opinion: Unemployment payments provide necessary cushion for jobless Americans

Guest opinion: Unemployment payments provide necessary cushion for jobless Americans

America’s unemployment rate is suddenly approaching historic levels. Since the COVID-19 pandemic began almost two months ago, roughly 30.3 million people have filed for jobless… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Unemployment payments provide necessary cushion for jobless Americans
Guest opinion: Apples, potato keys to post coronavirus recovery

Guest opinion: Apples, potato keys to post coronavirus recovery

Our state is blessed with some of the most creative people and businesses in the world. Many of their innovations are making key differences during… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Apples, potato keys to post coronavirus recovery
Guest opinion: Coronavirus strains medical waste system

Guest opinion: Coronavirus strains medical waste system

While lots of attention surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic is on finding amply medical supplies — ventilators, masks, gloves and sterilized hospital gowns — there is… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Coronavirus strains medical waste system
Guest opinion: Thank the truckers

Guest opinion: Thank the truckers

By Don C. Brunell For the Sequim Gazette As we get deeper into the COVID-19 pandemic, we are finding more Americans to thank. Until recently,… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Thank the truckers
Guest opinion: Hopeful signs of fighting coronavirus are showing

Guest opinion: Hopeful signs of fighting coronavirus are showing

Fifty years ago, an exasperated high school basketball fan marched into The Missoulian newsroom and directly to my desk. He plopped down three years of… Continue reading

Guest opinion: Hopeful signs of fighting coronavirus are showing
Guest opinion: Imagine not knowing about coronavirus pandemic for month

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: Imagine not knowing about coronavirus pandemic for month
Guest opinion: TP shortage is tip of iceberg

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: TP shortage is tip of iceberg
Guest opinion: Coronavirus testing telecommuting effectiveness

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: Coronavirus testing telecommuting effectiveness
Guest opinion: Legislators must find better ways to reduce CO2

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: Legislators must find better ways to reduce CO2
Guest opinion: Student loan assistance an attractive employer benefit

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: Student loan assistance an attractive employer benefit
Guest opinion: Dams are the Northwest flood busters

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: Dams are the Northwest flood busters
Guest opinion: Bridges shouldn’t have to sink to be replaced

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: Bridges shouldn’t have to sink to be replaced
Guest opinion: ‘Retail-tainment’ may save malls

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: ‘Retail-tainment’ may save malls
Guest opinion: Impeachment aside, there’s work to be done

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: Impeachment aside, there’s work to be done
Guest opinion: ‘Greatest Generation’ quickly slipping into history

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: ‘Greatest Generation’ quickly slipping into history
Guest opinion: It is time to talk about our national debt

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: It is time to talk about our national debt
Guest opinion: The wildfire season that wasn’t

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: The wildfire season that wasn’t

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

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 column: In going green, careful not to follow Sweden’s haste
Guest opinion: America’s renewed interest in moon

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: America’s renewed interest in moon