Don C. Brunell

Seattle’s misstep highlights need for new approach | Brunell

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

 

Straw pulp looks like a good option | Brunell

Columbia Pulp project is a win-win for the environment and the economy

 

Bad labels tough to shed | Brunell

Amazon, other businesses stand to lose big over Seattleā€™s head tax decision

 

Lt. Dan needs lots of helping hands | Brunell

Gary Sinise making year-around commitments to help veterans and their families

New approaches needed to fight super wildfires | Brunell

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

Yogi’s wisdom is worth thinking about| Brunell

The late great philosopher Yogi Berra once proclaimed: “The future ain’t what it used to be.” It sure ain’t! A lot has changed in the… Continue reading

Skilled trade jobs go unfilled in our robust economy | Brunell

Millions of good-paying opportunities available in blue collar jobs

Trade war could hit Washington hard | Brunell

Any trade war between the United States and China is worrisome, but if it escalated and tariffs are imposed, it will hit Washington particularly hard.… Continue reading

Water pressure mounting in West as population spikes | Brunell

As we deal with our population growth, we must address sufficient supplies of drinkable fresh water for residential, commercial, agriculture, fisheries and industrial needs. Not… Continue reading

A forgotten side of the Alamo | Brunell

Most of the 2.5 million annual Alamo visitors focus on the epic 1836 battle in which a small band of brave Texans was eventually overrun… Continue reading

China now driving car market | Brunell

In the 1950s, America’s “Big Three” automakers (General Motors, Ford and Chrysler) were the pacesetters for our industrial dominance. They had the skilled workers, the… Continue reading

Ireland: cleaner, greener and more prosperous | Brunell

This St. Patrick’s Day (March 17), the Irish have lots to celebrate. Ireland is cleaner, greener and more prosperous. Ireland is an island nation roughly… Continue reading

South Korea success goes beyond Olympics | Brunell

It was hard to get excited about the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, but give the South Koreans credit for overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to pull the… Continue reading

Military leaders can transform education | Brunell

Do good military commanders make good education leaders? That is a question Montana’s Higher Education Commission will answer in the coming years. However, if the… Continue reading

Cities balancing budgets with fees | Brunell

State considering additional taxes

Washington’s carbon tax differs from B.C. | Brunell

In Olympia, Gov. Jay Inslee is pushing lawmakers to enact a new tax on carbon gas emissions before the legislature adjourns on March 8. Inslee… Continue reading

John Spellman: best leader for tough times | Brunell

Too often, virtues and accomplishments of quiet leaders go unsung. Such is the case with John Spellman, a former Washington governor and King County executive,… Continue reading

China’s sword policy cutting deep into recycling | Brunell

Earlier this month, China launched its “national sword” policy which bans many recyclable materials it traditionally imported. Meanwhile, its upcoming March edict imposing a lower… Continue reading

Online sales good for Washington papermakers | Brunell

Curbside recycling bins are packed with cardboard shipping boxes from Christmas online shopping. The uptick in consumer shipments is not only good news for the… Continue reading

Time for railroads to implement positive track | Brunell

While the investigation continues into the deadly Amtrak derailment near DuPont, the clock continues to tick on the implementation of Positive Track Control (PTC). The… Continue reading