Opinion Section

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hard things…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Hard things…

by Dave Markwell Life is full of hard things. Work, kids, money, fear, hope, relationships and change all serve to challenge us in ways that stretch us, sometimes uncomfortably so. The confounding element... [Read more]

REBUTTAL: Des Moines Mayor responds to TM Sell’s Sound Transit Editorial

REBUTTAL: Des Moines Mayor responds to TM Sell’s Sound Transit Editorial

by Dave Kaplan Mayor and Councilmember City of Des Moines If you build it they will come – if you build it in the right place. As my good friend Dr. Sell recently noted, Sound Transit will soon decide... [Read more]

OPINION: Pacific Highway transit route makes more long-term sense

OPINION: Pacific Highway transit route makes more long-term sense

by T.M. Sell If you build it, they will come – if you build it in the right place. Sound Transit soon will decide where to site its extension of the light rail from Angle Lake toward Federal Way. The... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident has warning about car break-ins at Steven Underwood Park

LETTER: Resident has warning about car break-ins at Steven Underwood Park

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] Last night we took our daughter to... [Read more]

LETTER: Lower speed limit means longer trip between Des Moines and Burien

LETTER: Lower speed limit means longer trip between Des Moines and Burien

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] Despite being “in the works” since... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Banned.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Banned.

by Dave Markwell My eleven year old daughter banned me from attending her “6th Grade Breakfast” event. Her reasoning was unclear, but fear and shame seemed likely culprits. Afraid and/or ashamed of... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Ship building.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Ship building.

by Dave Markwell “If you want to build a ship, don’t herd people together to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.”... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bad news…and GOOD NEWS!!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bad news…and GOOD NEWS!!!

by Dave Markwell Bad news: You’re going to die. Good news: (at least if you’re reading this…) You’re NOT DEAD YET!! I write this as a simple statement of fact. If you’re not dead yet, it means... [Read more]

LETTER: Luisa Bangs will file for Jeanette Burrage’s vacant city council seat

LETTER: Luisa Bangs will file for Jeanette Burrage’s vacant city council seat

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] Because of recent events and after... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Persist.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Persist.

by Dave Markwell Several years ago while neglecting to appropriately monitor my young son; I heard some strange, yet familiar, noises coming from the driveway. The sound was my leaf blower pull cord being... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Distracted Driving…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Distracted Driving…

by Dave Markwell Recently adding a teenage driver to my household, I have become increasingly aware of “distracted driving”. It has been VERY clearly expressed to my son that ANY whiff of him texting,... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘I urge a yes vote on the election of the bond for South King Fire & Rescue’

LETTER: ‘I urge a yes vote on the election of the bond for South King Fire & Rescue’

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] I urge a yes vote on the April 28th... [Read more]

Take a survey for Des Moines’ Parks, Recreation, Aquatics & Community Services

Take a survey for Des Moines’ Parks, Recreation, Aquatics & Community Services

The City of Des Moines is in the process of updating the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan that provides a six-year plan and 20-year vision for the City’s parks, trails and open space, landmarks,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Card Dealers…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Card Dealers…

by Dave Markwell On a Tuesday morning, a lovely friend informed me that she was pregnant. (NOT mine!!) She is a married mother of three equally lovely little girls, including a fine set of twins. This... [Read more]

LETTER: Local Mom writes a letter to her son, who committed suicide in 2010

LETTER: Local Mom writes a letter to her son, who committed suicide in 2010

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] On September 28, 2010 my son killed... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Arrivals.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Arrivals.

by Dave Markwell My father-in-law came to town last week. He flew in from upstate New York on Saturday and will be here for a month or so. It’s always an adventure when “Hurricane Bob” hits town... [Read more]

INTERN’S VIEW: ‘Floralaura’ is a sweet flower shop with a Tweety Bird!

INTERN’S VIEW: ‘Floralaura’ is a sweet flower shop with a Tweety Bird!

Story & Photos by Sterling Paris Intern, Big Picture High School Driving down Marine View Drive in Des Moines you can find a cute floral shop called Floralaura, run by Laura Straight, located... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident filing complaint to PDC about Highline School District

LETTER: Resident filing complaint to PDC about Highline School District

[EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland Blog nor its staff:] A Copy of a COMPLAINT to the Public... [Read more]