Don C. Brunell

Trade wars hit state’s cherry growers hard

Trade wars hit state’s cherry growers hard

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

Trade wars hit state’s cherry growers hard
Columbia River Treaty talks too vital to ignore

Columbia River Treaty talks too vital to ignore

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

Columbia River Treaty talks too vital to ignore
Bellevue company patent infringement win gives small inventors hope

Bellevue company patent infringement win gives small inventors hope

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

Bellevue company patent infringement win gives small inventors hope
Mining contaminated waters to increase copper supplies

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

Mining contaminated waters to increase copper supplies
Seattle’s misstep highlights need for new approach

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

Seattle’s misstep highlights need for new approach
Washington’s expensive culvert court case

Washington’s expensive culvert court case

While much of the media buzz over declining salmon runs focuses on dam removal and predation by sea lions and cormorants, the U.S. Supreme Court… Continue reading

Washington’s expensive culvert court case
Bad labels are tough to shed

Bad labels are tough to shed

While corporate headquarters moves are problematic, closures, businesses deciding to build elsewhere, and people losing their jobs are much more harmful.

Bad labels are tough to shed
This lieutenant needs lots of helping hands

This lieutenant needs lots of helping hands

“The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.”

This lieutenant needs lots of helping hands
How do we fight super wildfires?

How do we fight super wildfires?

“It is no longer just a rural issue.”

How do we fight super wildfires?
Yogi’s wisdom we must adhere to

Yogi’s wisdom we must adhere to

“How many of you have turned off your television and radio because commentators keep yelling at and over one another?”

Yogi’s wisdom we must adhere to
Skilled trade jobs go unfilled in our robust economy

Skilled trade jobs go unfilled in our robust economy

Why is there a shortage of skilled craft workers? One reason, we’ve tended to look down on those jobs.

Skilled trade jobs go unfilled in our robust economy
A trade war could hit Washington state hard

A trade war could hit Washington state hard

“Avoiding that possibility should be our primary goal.”

A trade war could hit Washington state hard
A forgotten side of the Alamo

A forgotten side of the Alamo

“Just as Alamo visitors often overlook important parts of history, Washington can benefit from a more complete look at the benefits of irrigated agriculture.”

A forgotten side of the Alamo
China now driving car market

China now driving car market

“Nine out of 10 electric vehicles sold [in China] are made by Chinese automakers.”

China now driving car market
Learning from Ireland: Cleaner, greener and more prosperous

Learning from Ireland: Cleaner, greener and more prosperous

“The Irish learned that not only do visitors want good entertainment and welcoming people, but they want uncluttered communities, shores, and country side as well.”

Learning from Ireland: Cleaner, greener and more prosperous
South Korea success goes beyond Olympics

South Korea success goes beyond Olympics

“Give the South Koreans credit for overcoming seemingly insurmountable obstacles to pull the games off.”

South Korea success goes beyond Olympics
Military leaders can transform education

Military leaders can transform education

“They are good at sizing up situations, take calculated risks and work to find plausible solutions.”

Military leaders can transform education
Carbon tax in Washington state versus B.C.

Carbon tax in Washington state versus B.C.

“The key question is if Washington’s carbon tax is simply an added way to fund state government.”

Carbon tax in Washington state versus B.C.
North Korean guest workers booted

North Korean guest workers booted

“What is going in North Korea ought to be a lesson to all of us.”

North Korean guest workers booted
China’s new policy cuts deep into recycling

China’s new policy cuts deep into recycling

What are the implications of China’s “national sword” policy that bans many recyclable materials it traditionally imported?

China’s new policy cuts deep into recycling