By Don Brunell December 10, 2013 6 a.m.
Have you heard of the Ethanol Shuffle? One step forward, two steps back. Actually, it's not a dance; it's part of California's clean energy policy -- a program our governor wants to emulate.
By Don Brunell December 3, 2013 6 a.m.
Washington State Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler made national news when he quickly rejected President Obama's call for insurers to extend individual health insurance policies cancelled because of the Affordable Care Act, also referred to as Obamacare.
By Don Brunell November 26, 2013 6 a.m.
It is human nature to take things for granted. When you've always had something, when it's been around your entire life, it's only natural to overlook it, to think it will always be here.
By Don Brunell November 19, 2013 6 a.m.
Our state's largest manufacturer Boeing, with more than a century of history in Washington, employs about 86,500 people and spends more than $4.6 billion a year with vendors and suppliers throughout the state.
By Don Brunell November 12, 2013 6 a.m.
The good news is, America is bringing its troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan. However, that presents a challenge because a large number of those troops will leave the military upon their return. That shift, along with significant cuts in military spending, means tens of thousands of veterans will be looking for work.
By Don Brunell November 5, 2013 6 a.m.
In the midst of all the turmoil, confusion and partisan infighting over the Affordable Care Act, former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s words have come back to haunt us: “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it.”
By Don Brunell October 29, 2013 6 a.m.
When the first passengers took off in Boeing's 747 in 1970, the aircraft was dubbed the "Queen of the Skies." Since then, the company's mammoth plant just south of Everett has been the kingpin of the world's jumbo jet production.
By Don Brunell October 22, 2013 6 a.m.
In 1992, a single male sockeye salmon managed to swim 900 miles from the mouth of the Columbia River to Redfish Lake in Idaho's Sawtooth Mountains, the end of his migratory journey. Biologists dubbed the sole survivor, "Lonesome Larry."
By Don Brunell October 15, 2013 6 a.m.
News stories about the government shutdown have shined a spotlight on the issue of government overreach.
By Don Brunell October 8, 2013 6 a.m.
In 1915, Franz Kafka wrote a novel about a man who was arrested by two unidentified agents from an undetermined agency and put on trial before unseen judges for an unspecified crime. He was compelled to defend himself without knowing what crime he’d allegedly committed.
By Don Brunell October 1, 2013 6 a.m.
After spending a couple of days last week in Washington, D.C., I wonder how Congress and President Obama will settle their differences without hurting the taxpayers or crippling our struggling economy.
By Don Brunell September 24, 2013 6 a.m.
A small critter is causing big problems in the South Puget Sound. It's called the Mazama pocket gopher.
By Don Brunell September 17, 2013 6 a.m.
Recent news is filled with images of the massive wildfire that has raged across more than 400 square miles near Yosemite National Park, threatening San Francisco’s water supply.
By Don Brunell September 10, 2013 6 a.m.
For activists intent on stopping all use of fossil fuel, train safety has become their cause du jour. After all, if you can block transport of fossil fuels, you can choke off their use.
By Don Brunell September 3, 2013 6 a.m.
The SeaTac minimum wage initiative is in limbo.
By Don Brunell August 27, 2013 6 a.m.
The saying "there's more than one way to catch a cat" means that if you don't succeed one way, try again using a different strategy.
By Don Brunell August 20, 2013 6 a.m.
Environmental activists claim they want to reduce production of greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide. If so, they're going about it in a very strange way.
By Don Brunell August 13, 2013 6 a.m.
At a time when too many politicians are obsessed with their poll numbers and their legacy, Pew Research says Gerald Ford will go down in history as just an "average" president.
By Don Brunell August 6, 2013 6 a.m.
In football, players who jump on the ball carrier after he's been tackled get a 15-yard penalty for piling on. But in a courtroom, piling on can get you billions of dollars.
By Don Brunell July 30, 2013 6 a.m.
Gov. Jay Inslee was in New York for the world rollout of BMW's new electric car, the BMW i3, which is partially built in Washington. We are all justifiably proud of our state's role and see the car as a harbinger of Washington's economic future.
By Don Brunell July 23, 2013 6 a.m.
Each summer for the past 38 years, students and adult leaders from across our state have gathered at university campuses for weeklong, free enterprise "boot camps" called Business Week.
By Don Brunell July 16, 2013 6 a.m.
Summer is blockbuster movie season, a time when Hollywood releases its biggest productions.
By Don Brunell July 9, 2013 6 a.m.
Military installations and defense contractors are taking the brunt of the automatic budgets cuts mandated by sequestration. Why should we care?
By Don Brunell July 2, 2013 6 a.m.
It's hard to believe there are starving people in the world when Americans shop in well-stocked supermarkets and dine out at any of our 618,000 restaurants.
By Don Brunell June 25, 2013 6 a.m.
The newspaper Politico reports that dozens of members of Congress and their staffers are so worried about rising premium costs under the Affordable Care Act that they may quit or retire before the law fully goes into effect Jan. 1.
By Don Brunell June 18, 2013 6 a.m.
When it comes to drinking water, Portland is an odd duck. Since 1956, voters have consistently rejected adding minuscule amounts of fluoride to their water supply to prevent tooth decay. They again flocked to the polls in May to kill the latest ballot measure.
By Don Brunell June 11, 2013 6 a.m.
As the budget battles continue in Olympia, state lawmakers are rightly focusing on the need to retain and expand good-paying aerospace and high-tech manufacturing jobs.
By Don Brunell June 4, 2013 6 a.m.
As lawmakers scramble to fund the state budget, some legislators and interest groups are targeting tax incentives designed to attract businesses and create jobs. Meanwhile, much-needed workers' compensation reforms languish in the Legislature.
By Don Brunell May 28, 2013 6 a.m.
There's an old saying that oil and water don't mix. That may be true, but apparently they coexist quite well.
By Don Brunell May 21, 2013 5:59 a.m.
With a steady stream of bad news stories about maimed soldiers, the Boston Marathon bombing and the house of horrors in Cleveland, it would be natural to despair for the human condition. What defect in the human character allows us to do such things?
By Don Brunell May 14, 2013 6 a.m.
Air travelers received a bit of good news recently: A bill to put air traffic controllers back to work whisked through the House and Senate and flew into the White House for President Obama's signature.
By Don Brunell May 7, 2013 6 a.m.
Even some of its strongest supporters now say that the federal Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare, is going to be a train wreck. The question is, what are we going to do about it?
By Don Brunell April 30, 2013 6 a.m.
There's an old saying, "What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas." Well, what happens in Seattle should stay in Seattle.
By Don Brunell April 23, 2013 6 a.m.
There's an ancient Chinese proverb that says, "If you give a man a fish, you feed him for a day. If you teach a man to fish, you feed him for a lifetime."
By Don Brunell April 16, 2013 6 a.m.
Imagine that you see a swimmer floundering in the water. You call the rescue squad and then you toss the swimmer a concrete block. Does that make sense? Of course not, but that's what's happening in Washington, D.C.
By Don Brunell April 9, 2013 6 a.m.
When an errant SUV crashes through your picture window, you may not notice that your barbecue tipped over and caught your house on fire. So it is with the U.S. economy these days.
By Don Brunell April 2, 2013 5:59 a.m.
During the 1992 presidential campaign, then-candidate Bill Clinton famously intoned, "I feel your pain," an attempt to reassure voters he understood what they were going through. Since then, similar statements of empathy have become a staple for politicians.
By Don Brunell March 26, 2013 6 a.m.
The tributes to former Gov. Booth Gardner, who died March 15 at the age of 76, remind us of a better time. Throughout his political career, Booth was known for his respectful demeanor, good humor and dedication to consensus.
By Don Brunell March 19, 2013 6 a.m.
Regulations are like bricks. One brick doesn't weigh that much, but as you add more bricks, the load gets heavier and heavier until eventually it becomes a crushing burden that slows progress to a crawl.
By Don Brunell March 12, 2013 6 a.m.
The powers in the other Washington appear to be aligning to reform our country's immigration laws. It has taken a while, but it is now time to make the necessary changes.
By Don Brunell March 5, 2013 6 a.m.
In November 1982, our state's unemployment rate peaked at 12.2 percent, the highest since the Great Depression. Interest on a fixed-rate home loan was 13.4 percent, and an 11.5 inflation rate burned through our checkbooks. The economy was a mess.
By Don Brunell February 26, 2013 6 a.m.
Sometimes Plan B turns out to be better than Plan A. Case in point: our state's association health plans.
By Don Brunell February 19, 2013 6 a.m.
When Grand Coulee Dam was completed in 1942, it was called the "Eighth Wonder of the Modern World." With its 151-mile-long reservoir and ability to produce 6,809 megawatts of electricity, no one could imagine a bigger or more powerful dam -- and no one realized the scope of economic development that low-cost, reliable hydropower would create.
By Don Brunell February 12, 2013 6 a.m.
When we moved from Montana to Olympia 35 years ago, we saw enticing television and magazine ads for our neighboring states, but none for Washington. Fast forward to 2013 and nothing has changed. It was puzzling then, but even more perplexing today, considering the money and jobs at stake.
By Don Brunell February 5, 2013 6 a.m.
The famous baseball pitcher Satchel Paige used to say, "Don't look back -- something might be gaining on you." With all due respect to Satchel, Washington should glance over its shoulder because something is gaining on us. Competing states are coming after Washington's economic powerhouse: aerospace.
By Don Brunell January 29, 2013 6 a.m.
California and Texas are like the two biggest kids on the block going toe-to-toe for bragging rights. Who’s the biggest? Who’s the best?
By Don Brunell January 22, 2013 6 a.m.
In the midst of seemingly endless partisan arguments in our nation's capital about how to reduce unemployment, Wal-Mart, America's largest retailer, announced its own plan to deal with the problem.
By Don Brunell January 15, 2013 6 a.m.
When I grew up, kids in neighborhoods gathered in a vacant lot or backyard to play "kick the can." It was a combination of hide-n-seek, tag and capture the flag -- and it was fun.
By Don Brunell January 8, 2013 6 a.m.
Traditionally, the new year is a time for resolutions and new beginnings. Unfortunately, it is also a time when new regulations kick in.
By Don Brunell January 1, 2013 6 a.m.
As we look ahead in 2013, the cost and availability of electricity will become more important to our families, farmers, merchants and factories.