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Don Brunell

business commentator

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Brunell: Tougher penalties for fraud are needed

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

Steal $200,000 from a bank and you’ll go to prison. Steal $200,000 from the taxpayers and you’ll probably get a slap on the wrist.

Washington View: Total pay crucial in minimum wage debate

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

One of the problems with the minimum wage debate is the name itself. If we want to ensure that we don’t hurt lower-income workers, we should consider total compensation, not just wages.

Washington View: Shuttle-less U.S. losing ground in space race

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

When President Obama permanently grounded America's space shuttles a couple of years ago, he made a huge mistake. He gave Russia carte blanche over the International Space Station, and we now pay $70 million each for our astronauts to hitch a ride.

Washington View: As grads seek work, trade jobs go unfilled

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

Millions of unemployed college graduates are back where they started, living with their parents. Upon receiving their diploma, they find themselves saddled with crushing student loan debt and unable to find a job. More than 36 percent of those who have found jobs aren't working in their chosen profession and many are working for minimum wage.

Washington View: What we didn't see at Sochi: dirtiest city

By Don Brunell March 25, 2014 6 a.m.

During the Winter Olympics, viewers around the world marveled at the pristine snow-capped mountains surrounding Sochi, Russia's Black Sea resort city.

Washington View: Hawaii and high cost of electricity, a cautionary reminder

By Don Brunell March 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Normally, you wouldn't think the cost of electricity would clobber ranchers, but in Hawaii, high power rates are the central competitiveness issue. In fact, the owners of the mammoth Parker Ranch on Hawaii's big island have calculated their "per cow" electricity costs.

Washington View: Dear leaves behind a lot of friends in Washington

By Don Brunell March 11, 2014 6 a.m.

It is rare that someone with deep roots in Washington state has his obituary published in the New York Times, but when Joe Dear died, the newspaper ran an extensive story.

Washington View: California may give glimpse of our future

By Don Brunell March 4, 2014 6 a.m.

It's not often we get a chance to peer into the future to see the consequences of our actions. California has given us that opportunity.

Washington View: A bridge project we can learn a lot from

By Don Brunell February 25, 2014 6 a.m.

The news these days is filled with stories about Big Bertha, the stalled Seattle waterfront drilling machine, and the cracks in the pontoons of the new SR 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington.

Washington View: Ecology must use more accurate measure of risk

By Don Brunell February 18, 2014 6 a.m.

Where there is life, there is risk. That's not some insightful quotation, it's just a fact. We're exposed to risk from the moment we get up in the morning -- slip and fall, dog bite, traffic accident, lightning strike. We can manage risk, we can minimize risk, but we cannot eliminate it.

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