Don C. Brunell

Lawmakers need to re-examine budget before adjourning

Before lawmakers wrap-up their work in Olympia, they should re-examine their hefty new state spending plan. The budget may not be sustainable even with a… Continue reading

 

Inconvenient truth about batteries

Each year Americans throw away more than three billion batteries constituting 180,000 tons of hazardous material and the situation is likely to get much worse… Continue reading

 

Darker side of renewables

Before our country, in haste, dives totally into renewable energy, we must carefully evaluate its impacts. By just focusing on eliminating natural gas, liquid fuels… Continue reading

 

Oil companies betting on electric technology

Across the pond, London-based BP and Netherlands-headquartered Shell are looking to invest in innovative electric technology which is very good news. The two international oil… Continue reading

Trade issues coalesce Washington’s delegation

Historically, international trade issues have galvanized our state’s congressional delegation. Many wondered if that would still be the case today. Fortunately, it seems to be.… Continue reading

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

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

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

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

Reducing wildfire risk imperative | Brunell

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

Costs matter in hiring | Brunell

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

Military also adjusting to worker shortages | Brunell

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

The Russians are indeed coming

Business Commentary: an in-depth view of issues impacting people and our economy

Much needed dose of Yogi Berra’s wit and wisdom

Business Commentary: an in-depth view of issues impacting people and our economy

Avoiding Trouble Tweeting

Business Commentary: an in-depth view of issues impacting people and our economy

Trade wars hit state’s cherry growers hard

Business Commentary: an in-depth view of issues impacting people and our economy

Columbia River Treaty talks too vital to ignore

Business Commentary: an in-depth view of issues impacting people and our economy

Bellevue company patent infringement win gives small inventors hope

Business Commentary: an in-depth view of issues impacting people and our economy

Mining contaminated waters to increase copper supplies

The massive Berkeley Pit in Butte, Mont., is one of the world’s largest superfund sites and has been described as a giant sink filling with… Continue reading

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