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Don Brunell

business commentator

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Brunell: Sea-Tac decision could affect N.W. fliers

By Don Brunell March 3, 2015 6 a.m.

The fierce competition between Seattle's Alaska Airlines and Atlanta's Delta Airlines is spilling over to the Port of Seattle, and it may reach your wallet in the form of higher airfares.

Brunell: Congress must stop abusive IRS tactics

By Don Brunell February 24, 2015 6 a.m.

The IRS scandals just keep on coming.

Brunell: Obama on wrong track regarding Alaska energy

By Don Brunell February 17, 2015 6 a.m.

In his State of the Union address, President Obama highlighted plunging gas prices. Ironic, since Obama has done everything in his power to curtail domestic oil production and drive up gas prices.

Brunell: Regulations, taxes hurting businesses

By Don Brunell February 10, 2015 6 a.m.

For the first time in American history, entrepreneurship is in decline.

Brunell: A leftist leader with the right approach

By Don Brunell February 3, 2015 6 a.m.

Can you imagine a nation's president, a former guerilla fighter with socialist leanings, enacting policies that favor business and encourage foreign investment? How about a leader who prefers living in a farmhouse rather than the presidential mansion?

Brunell: It's time to move beyond the gasoline tax

By Don Brunell January 27, 2015 6 a.m.

With gas prices plummeting to less than $2 a gallon, some politicians think this is the ideal time to increase state and federal gas taxes. The theory is when gasoline is expensive, voters vehemently oppose higher gas taxes; but when the price drops, motorists don't pay as much attention. They just fill up and drive off, thankful for the savings.

Brunell: N.W. innovators work to save Earth

By Don Brunell January 20, 2015 6 a.m.

Designers of the International Space Station had to make it self-sustaining because, once aboard, astronauts had no way to get water or discharge sewage and no connection to Earth's power grids.

Brunell: Detroit's bankruptcy a lesson in bad business

By Don Brunell January 13, 2015 6 a.m.

Last month, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Detroit approved $178 million in legal and consulting fees as the city exited bankruptcy protection.

Brunell: Affordable college is vital to America

By Don Brunell January 6, 2015 6 a.m.

When my parents graduated from high school in 1936, a college education was too expensive for the son of a copper miner and the daughter of a plumber.

Brunell: Is Boeing having 2nd thoughts?

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

In 2001, Boeing announced it would move its corporate headquarters from Seattle to Chicago. Today, you wonder if Boeing is having buyer's remorse.

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