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Don Brunell

business commentator

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Washington View: Too many of state's youths still seek jobs

By Don Brunell August 19, 2014 6 a.m.

The good news is Washington is separating itself from the national jobless rate. In July, an average of 6.2 percent of Americans were looking for work, while Washington's unemployment rate dropped to 5.6 percent.

Washington View: Harmony is possible on the waterfront

By Don Brunell August 12, 2014 6 a.m.

Today, there is a tendency to look with disdain at manufacturing facilities, especially those located on working waterfronts. Historically, those factories were sited there because the raw materials and finished products could be transported only by water.

Washington View: The rest of the story on need for electricity

By Don Brunell August 5, 2014 6 a.m.

For decades, radio newsman Paul Harvey gave us a side of the news that we either hadn't heard or hadn't considered. His "Rest of the Story" commentaries provided an in-depth look at the news behind the headlines.

Brunell: Hands-off attitude causes lots of damage

By Don Brunell July 29, 2014 6 a.m.

Today's news is filled with images of the massive wildfires roaring through the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in central Washington.

Washington View: Ensure new buildings are truly 'green'

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

Reducing mankind's carbon footprint has become the defining issue of our time — and rightly so. Virtually every level of government has policies to reduce greenhouse gases by regulating everything from industrial CO2 emissions to cow flatulence.

Washington View: Dakotas an example for other states

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

If you are looking for a family-wage job these days, there is no better place to look than the Dakotas . . . but for entirely different reasons.

Washington View: The U.S. should not be more like France

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

President Barack Obama thinks the United States should be more like France. He made the comment recently while pushing for mandatory paid family leave. "France has worked this out, why can't we?"

Washington View: Reducing dependence on others vital for U.S.

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

While much of the news deals with America's decline, there is hope we can stimulate our economy, create manufacturing jobs and pay down our national debt by increasing our manufacturing and energy production.

Brunell: Trucks, trains, ships and pipelines

By Don Brunell June 24, 2014 6 a.m.

All too often our network of highways, pipelines, railroads, barges, ship terminals and airports goes unnoticed unless there is an accident.

Washington View: U.S. needs a leader like Ford's Mulally

By Don Brunell June 17, 2014 6 a.m.

Later this year, Alan Mulally will leave Ford Motor Company. On July 1, he turns the reins over to 53-year old Mark Fields, closing a storied career at Ford and Boeing.

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