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Don Brunell

business commentator

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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?"

Brunell: Imposing income tax for state can lead to ruin

By Don Brunell June 16, 2015 6 a.m.

Connecticut is in a deep financial pickle and is in danger of seeing a mass exodus of businesses looking for states where taxes are lower and private sector employers are welcome.

Brunell: Imposing income tax for state can lead to ruin

By Don Brunell June 16, 2015 6 a.m.

Connecticut is in a deep financial pickle and is in danger of seeing a mass exodus of businesses looking for states where taxes are lower and private sector employers are welcome.

Brunell: States cut taxes to spur jobs, growth

By Don Brunell June 9, 2015 6 a.m.

In Olympia these days, lawmakers are high-centered in a second special session over the budget to operate the state for the next two years. The stalemate has come down to the choice of raising taxes or funding government within the current revenues.

Brunell: Reuse water and we can help fish and farmers

By Don Brunell June 2, 2015 6 a.m.

One of the remarkable successes of the last few years is the record salmon returns to the Columbia River and its tributaries. Conversely, one of the biggest disappointments is low recovery of delta smelt in San Francisco Bay.

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