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Will limiting charitable tax deductions really work?

With all the class warfare these days, “rich” has become a four-letter word. To hear some tell it, high-income earners are greedy misers who don’t pay their “fair share.” Well, not quite....

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    August 22, 2012

Where will doctors come from for the ACA?

President Obama’s national health care law, the Affordable Care Act, will extend health care coverage to tens of millions of uninsured Americans. But health care coverage isn’t the same as health...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    July 25, 2012

The battle for clean energy can get extremely dirty

Apparently, the battle for clean energy can be a very dirty business. For years, the Sierra Club has been waging an all-out war to end the use of coal. Dubbed “Beyond Coal,” the campaign includes...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    July 11, 2012

‘Affordable’ care will be unaffordable

The 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court decision to uphold the federal health care law doesn’t close the book on health reform. The court ruled that the individual mandate requiring everyone to purchase health...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    June 27, 2012

Education needs better success processes

During his term as Washington’s governor, Gary Locke’s mantra was “education is the great equalizer.” Locke, now the U.S. Ambassador to China, was correct, but in our country, today education...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    May 23, 2012

Columbia dams can’t be taken for granted

In 1942, the completion of Grand Coulee Dam was hailed as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Seventy years later, most of us aren’t aware of what that dam or the others on the Columbia River cont...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    April 18, 2012

Biomass is now environment’s new enemy

When environmental organizations pushed Washington voters to approve their renewable energy Initiative 937, they touted biomass energy—incinerated wood waste—as one of their preferred...

 

Legislature may be making us another ‘deadbeat’ state

There is finally a bit of good news from Olympia. The state’s Revenue Forecast Council reports that tax revenues for this biennium will be $96 million higher than projected last November, and state...

 
 By Don Brunell    Opinion    January 4, 2012

Power prices surging with higher demand

For years, energy experts warned us that regulations and policies that reduce the supply of affordable conventional energy would result in higher prices for American families. Now it is clear the...

 

Energy naysayers don’t provide energy solutions

President Obama says he will delay until 2013 a decision about the $13 billion Keystone pipeline, which would carry Canadian oil to Gulf coast refineries. Supporters say the 1,661 mile pipeline would...

 

Washington will soon have highest minimum wage

In January, Washington’s minimum wage will crack the $9 mark and we will once again be No. 1—the state with the nation’s highest minimum wage. Of course, some think that’s good news. Ensuring...

 

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