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Don Brunell

business commentator

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Washington View: Ensure new buildings are truly 'green'

By Don Brunell July 22, 2014 6 a.m.

Reducing mankind's carbon footprint has become the defining issue of our time — and rightly so. Virtually every level of government has policies to reduce greenhouse gases by regulating everything from industrial CO2 emissions to cow flatulence.

Washington View: Dakotas an example for other states

By Don Brunell July 15, 2014 6 a.m.

If you are looking for a family-wage job these days, there is no better place to look than the Dakotas . . . but for entirely different reasons.

Washington View: The U.S. should not be more like France

By Don Brunell July 8, 2014 6 a.m.

President Barack Obama thinks the United States should be more like France. He made the comment recently while pushing for mandatory paid family leave. "France has worked this out, why can't we?"

Washington View: Reducing dependence on others vital for U.S.

By Don Brunell July 1, 2014 6 a.m.

While much of the news deals with America's decline, there is hope we can stimulate our economy, create manufacturing jobs and pay down our national debt by increasing our manufacturing and energy production.

Brunell: Trucks, trains, ships and pipelines

By Don Brunell June 24, 2014 6 a.m.

All too often our network of highways, pipelines, railroads, barges, ship terminals and airports goes unnoticed unless there is an accident.

Washington View: U.S. needs a leader like Ford's Mulally

By Don Brunell June 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Later this year, Alan Mulally will leave Ford Motor Company. On July 1, he turns the reins over to 53-year old Mark Fields, closing a storied career at Ford and Boeing.

Brunell: Congress, reauthorize the Export-Import Bank

By Don Brunell June 10, 2014 6 a.m.

We're all familiar with car loans and home mortgages. They make it possible for consumers to make major purchases without paying cash upfront. Responsibly done, everyone benefits — the purchasers, car dealers, autoworkers, realtors, construction crews and suppliers.

Washington View: Private sector can offer power solutions

By Don Brunell June 3, 2014 6 a.m.

President Obama has announced a new set of regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal-powered power plants — the nation's single-largest source of affordable electricity. The impact won't hit just coal; these regulations will affect every energy user, including you.

Washington View: WGU offers affordable option for state's working students

By Don Brunell May 27, 2014 6 a.m.

Imagine 350 college grads walking across the stage to receive their degrees in a ceremony with no valedictorian and no student honors. That is exactly what the 2014 graduating class looked like when WGU Washington held its third graduation ceremony earlier this month.

Washington View: Leaders set aside their differences for forests

By Don Brunell May 20, 2014 6 a.m.

Billy Frank, Jr. and Stu Bledsoe came from very different backgrounds, yet their friendship and determination laid the groundwork for what today is known as Washington's historic Forests and Fish agreement. The accord paved the way to revitalized wild salmon habitats, cleaner water and better forest management.

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