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Don Brunell

business commentator

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Brunell: November election is about jobs and wages

By Don Brunell October 21, 2014 6 a.m.

November's election needs to be about the people who are unemployed or underemployed and how best to increase wages.

Brunell: We could have had an early Thanksgiving this year

By Don Brunell October 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Since 1957, our Canadian friends and neighbors have celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October. Perhaps, this year we ought to have joined them.

Brunell: M&Ms and the American Dream

By Don Brunell October 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Entrepreneurs helped make America great. Many of the "big businesses" we know today started in the imaginations of immigrants who came to America, the land of opportunity — a place of boundless possibilities where your station in life didn't matter. It was a land where hard work, innovation and perseverance held the key to the American dream.

Brunell: New drugs' cost has big impact on health care

By Don Brunell September 30, 2014 6 a.m.

The good news is we are developing new lifesaving medications every day. The bad news is they are very expensive and paying for them could bankrupt our health care system.

Brunell: Freshwater shortage looms as a major crisis

By Don Brunell September 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Remember the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner": "Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink?"

Brunell: Employers, workers must be partners

By Don Brunell September 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Over the Labor Day weekend, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee gave a compelling commentary on the need for employers and employees to set aside their differences and partner.

Brunell: 777 may replace Air Force One

By Don Brunell September 2, 2014 6 a.m.

It's about time to replace Air Force One, the president's plane; however, the new version may not be a Boeing 747. It may be a 777.

Washington View: Too many of state's youths still seek jobs

By Don Brunell August 19, 2014 6 a.m.

The good news is Washington is separating itself from the national jobless rate. In July, an average of 6.2 percent of Americans were looking for work, while Washington's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent.

Washington View: Harmony is possible on the waterfront

By Don Brunell August 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Today, there is a tendency to look with disdain at manufacturing facilities, especially those located on working waterfronts. Historically, those factories were sited there because the raw materials and finished products could be transported only by water.

Washington View: The rest of the story on need for electricity

By Don Brunell August 5, 2014 6 a.m.

For decades, radio newsman Paul Harvey gave us a side of the news that we either hadn't heard or hadn't considered. His "Rest of the Story" commentaries provided an in-depth look at the news behind the headlines.

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