By Don Brunell January 27, 2015 6 a.m.
With gas prices plummeting to less than $2 a gallon, some politicians think this is the ideal time to increase state and federal gas taxes. The theory is when gasoline is expensive, voters vehemently oppose higher gas taxes; but when the price drops, motorists don't pay as much attention. They just fill up and drive off, thankful for the savings.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
By Don Brunell September 23, 2014 6 a.m.
Remember the "Rime of the Ancient Mariner": "Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink?"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?"
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.
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.
By Don Brunell June 10, 2014 6 a.m.
We're all familiar with car loans and home mortgages. They make it possible for consumers to make major purchases without paying cash upfront. Responsibly done, everyone benefits — the purchasers, car dealers, autoworkers, realtors, construction crews and suppliers.
By Don Brunell June 3, 2014 6 a.m.
President Obama has announced a new set of regulations to limit carbon emissions from coal-powered power plants — the nation's single-largest source of affordable electricity. The impact won't hit just coal; these regulations will affect every energy user, including you.
By Don Brunell May 27, 2014 6 a.m.
Imagine 350 college grads walking across the stage to receive their degrees in a ceremony with no valedictorian and no student honors. That is exactly what the 2014 graduating class looked like when WGU Washington held its third graduation ceremony earlier this month.
By Don Brunell May 20, 2014 6 a.m.
Billy Frank, Jr. and Stu Bledsoe came from very different backgrounds, yet their friendship and determination laid the groundwork for what today is known as Washington's historic Forests and Fish agreement. The accord paved the way to revitalized wild salmon habitats, cleaner water and better forest management.
By Don Brunell May 13, 2014 6 a.m.
Last month, J. Russell George, the Treasury inspector general for tax administration, revealed the Internal Revenue Service gave a total of $1 million in bonuses to 1,150 workers who owed back taxes between October 2010 and December 2012.
By Don Brunell May 6, 2014 6 a.m.
These days, too much of our politics is agenda-driven, with little regard for the impact on "real people." Politicians proclaim their concern for the little guy, but they hang around with rich folks, celebrities and power brokers.
By Don Brunell April 29, 2014 6 a.m.
Let's face it. We're spoiled.
By Don Brunell April 15, 2014 6 a.m.
One of the problems with the minimum wage debate is the name itself. If we want to ensure that we don’t hurt lower-income workers, we should consider total compensation, not just wages.
By Don Brunell April 8, 2014 6 a.m.
When President Obama permanently grounded America's space shuttles a couple of years ago, he made a huge mistake. He gave Russia carte blanche over the International Space Station, and we now pay $70 million each for our astronauts to hitch a ride.
By Don Brunell April 1, 2014 6 a.m.
Millions of unemployed college graduates are back where they started, living with their parents. Upon receiving their diploma, they find themselves saddled with crushing student loan debt and unable to find a job. More than 36 percent of those who have found jobs aren't working in their chosen profession and many are working for minimum wage.
By Don Brunell March 25, 2014 6 a.m.
During the Winter Olympics, viewers around the world marveled at the pristine snow-capped mountains surrounding Sochi, Russia's Black Sea resort city.
By Don Brunell March 18, 2014 6 a.m.
Normally, you wouldn't think the cost of electricity would clobber ranchers, but in Hawaii, high power rates are the central competitiveness issue. In fact, the owners of the mammoth Parker Ranch on Hawaii's big island have calculated their "per cow" electricity costs.
By Don Brunell March 11, 2014 6 a.m.
It is rare that someone with deep roots in Washington state has his obituary published in the New York Times, but when Joe Dear died, the newspaper ran an extensive story.
By Don Brunell March 4, 2014 6 a.m.
It's not often we get a chance to peer into the future to see the consequences of our actions. California has given us that opportunity.
By Don Brunell February 25, 2014 6 a.m.
The news these days is filled with stories about Big Bertha, the stalled Seattle waterfront drilling machine, and the cracks in the pontoons of the new SR 520 floating bridge across Lake Washington.
By Don Brunell February 18, 2014 6 a.m.
Where there is life, there is risk. That's not some insightful quotation, it's just a fact. We're exposed to risk from the moment we get up in the morning -- slip and fall, dog bite, traffic accident, lightning strike. We can manage risk, we can minimize risk, but we cannot eliminate it.