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Don Brunell

business commentator

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Brunell: Give charter schools a chance

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

Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast in 2005, flooding cities and towns in four states and killing more than 1,800 people. The government response to Katrina, especially by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, became the poster child for an inept and incompetent bureaucracy.

Brunell: Washington's low-cost electricity appeals to BMW

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

There isI a new look to Bavarian tourism these days. In the past, tourists flocked to Munich's city square like Seattle's New Year's Eve revelers to the Space Needle. They came to see the ancient glockenspiel and a giant cuckoo clock on the city hall tower before dashing to the nearby famed Hofbrauhaus for beer, brats and Bavarian music.

Brunell: Connecting the dots on lower gas prices

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

It's often difficult to "connect the dots," to show people how the global marketplace affects their daily lives. But plunging gasoline prices are giving Americans a firsthand lesson in the law of supply and demand.

Brunell: Delta, Alaska rivalry could mean boost for Boeing

By Don Brunell October 28, 2014 6 a.m.

While the merger of United Airlines and Continental left a gaping hole at the ticket counter at SeaTac International Airport, frequent fliers are noticing an expansion of Delta and Alaska check-in stations these days.

Brunell: November election is about jobs and wages

By Don Brunell October 21, 2014 6 a.m.

November's election needs to be about the people who are unemployed or underemployed and how best to increase wages.

Brunell: We could have had an early Thanksgiving this year

By Don Brunell October 14, 2014 6 a.m.

Since 1957, our Canadian friends and neighbors have celebrated Thanksgiving on the second Monday of October. Perhaps, this year we ought to have joined them.

Brunell: M&Ms and the American Dream

By Don Brunell October 7, 2014 6 a.m.

Entrepreneurs helped make America great. Many of the "big businesses" we know today started in the imaginations of immigrants who came to America, the land of opportunity — a place of boundless possibilities where your station in life didn't matter. It was a land where hard work, innovation and perseverance held the key to the American dream.

Brunell: New drugs' cost has big impact on health care

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

The good news is we are developing new lifesaving medications every day. The bad news is they are very expensive and paying for them could bankrupt our health care system.

Brunell: Freshwater shortage looms as a major crisis

By Don Brunell September 23, 2014 6 a.m.

Remember the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner": "Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink?"

Brunell: Employers, workers must be partners

By Don Brunell September 9, 2014 6 a.m.

Over the Labor Day weekend, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee gave a compelling commentary on the need for employers and employees to set aside their differences and partner.

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