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Don Brunell

business commentator

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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.

Brunell: Counting our many blessings at year's end

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

It's that time of year when we count our blessings. In America, they are abundant, especially this year.

Brunell: Wreaths help honor our fallen veterans

By Don Brunell December 16, 2014 6 a.m.

Christmas is a difficult time for anyone grieving for a lost loved one. It is especially painful for America's military families whose son, daughter, spouse or parent was killed in action this year.

Brunell: Missouri cake baker one of the lucky ones

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

Rioters in Ferguson, Mo., shattered the windows of Natalie's Cakes and More and vandalized the baking equipment. However, when owner Natalie Dubose put her story on the Internet, Americans immediately responded, donating more than $260,000 to help her rebuild her business.

Brunell: A tax on business is really a tax on you

By Don Brunell December 2, 2014 6 a.m.

Jonathon Gruber recently created a stir with his comments about Obamacare and "the stupidity of the American voter."

Brunell: Freedom is a fragile thing

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

For some, Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family and friends and give thanks for the blessings we enjoy. For others, it's a time to volunteer at soup kitchens to help the less fortunate. For still others, it's simply a chance to eat a huge meal and watch football.

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.

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