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Don Brunell

business commentator

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Brunell: Promoting spud popularity in China

By Don Brunell August 25, 2015 6 a.m.

In China, the government has launched an "eat more potatoes" campaign — and Washington state could benefit as a result.

Brunell: Morton represented his people to the fullest

By Don Brunell August 18, 2015 6 a.m.

Imagine rolling into Olympia in your travel trailer each year for the start of the legislative session knowing your district has the highest unemployment in the state and the lowest average annual wage. Folks in your sprawling rural 7th District earn between $15,000 and $20,000 less than the state average wage.

Brunell: Arctic exploration not new, just safer

By Don Brunell August 11, 2015 6 a.m.

Recently, activists paddled a flotilla of kayaks — made from petroleum products — into the Seattle harbor in an attempt to blockade a Shell Oil offshore drilling platform destined for the Arctic. Then activists in Portland suspended themselves from the St. Johns Bridge — using all sorts of equipment and supplies made from petroleum products — in an effort to stop Shell's icebreaker from leaving a local shipyard.

Brunell: Inmate Pell grants highlight student debt

By Don Brunell August 4, 2015 6 a.m.

The Obama administration announced it will begin providing Pell grants to federal prisoners, effectively overturning a 1994 ban on the practice. While overturning the ban requires congressional action, the administration is circumventing Congress by designating the plan a "pilot program."

Brunell: Canada's ports eating our lunch, eyeing our dinner

By Don Brunell July 28, 2015 6 a.m.

U.S. Representative Jim McDermott, D-Seattle, was correct earlier this year when he said Canada's West Coast ports are "eating our lunch!"

Brunell: Chinese wine may appear on shelves

By Don Brunell July 21, 2015 6 a.m.

Wine connoisseurs looked with distain on wines produced in the United States. Then, when California wines gained popularity, those made in Washington were viewed with skepticism. Wines fermented in Chile, Argentina and Australia were dismissed for years before finally being stocked on store shelves.

Brunell: Letting nature take its course not always wise

By Don Brunell July 14, 2015 6 a.m.

We associate air pollution with big cities, but millions of people are feeling the impacts of pollution from wildfires burning from California to Alaska and as far east as Colorado.

Brunell: Dr. Elson Floyd is a hard act to follow

By Don Brunell July 7, 2015 6 a.m.

Dr. Elson Floyd leaves big shoes to fill at Washington State University.

Brunell: Time to revive the Black Rock project

By Don Brunell June 30, 2015 6 a.m.

Yakima Valley farmers have the same problem as their California counterparts: there just isn't enough water for crops, migrating fish and people.

Brunell: Lawmakers should fund life sciences discovery

By Don Brunell June 23, 2015 6 a.m.

Some may remember the infamous Seattle billboard: "Will the last person leaving Seattle turn out the lights?"

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