Opinion Section

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Gone.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Gone.

by Dave Markwell Last Saturday, I dropped my son off at college. Walking the hallways of his fraternity, I remembered the timeless smells of stale beer and bad choices. I carried a mini-fridge, a TV,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Straight nails.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Straight nails.

by Dave Markwell I’m currently working on an interesting little deck project. This project has involved some demolition, re-framing, new decking, posts, and rails, etc. During the demo phase, I found... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Whispers and a stream.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Whispers and a stream.

by Dave Markwell A couple of weeks ago, my thirteen year old daughter said with a smile, “I’m just not very good at things.” This was a pretty blanket statement preceded by her sucking at something.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lonesome Places.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Lonesome Places.

by Dave Markwell Last week I enjoyed a rare and precious experience for me: a vacation. I spent 10 days in the Eastern Washington heat surrounded by family and friends. I delighted in some golf and cards... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Before sunrise.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Before sunrise.

by Dave Markwell I woke up at 4:30 this morning with an unusual amount of “aliveness”. I’m not sure why I woke up at 4:30 or why I was feeling so alive at such an hour, but life is funny. I heard... [Read more]

LETTER: City Manager Matthias and Mayor Pina took lead on airport issues

LETTER: City Manager Matthias and Mayor Pina took lead on airport issues

[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:] Thank you all who signed our petition... [Read more]

LETTER: Huge THANK YOU to Aquatics Management Group for Mt. Rainier Pool

LETTER: Huge THANK YOU to Aquatics Management Group for Mt. Rainier Pool

[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:] Mt. Rainier Pool is closed for renovations... [Read more]

LETTER: Resident gives recap & thoughts about recent Port of Seattle tree meeting

LETTER: Resident gives recap & thoughts about recent Port of Seattle tree meeting

[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:] Dear Port, Thank you for the opportunity... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: <i>Building a Culture of Collaboration</i>

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: Building a Culture of Collaboration

By Andrea H. Reay In our extremely polarized political climate, it can be tempting to tune out, put your head down and run for the wall. Unfortunately, that’s not how progress is made at any level... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sundays and Sins.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sundays and Sins.

by Dave Markwell My daughter is a homebody. On another gray Sunday morning, after I fulfilled her very specific breakfast requests (demands), she crawled back into the snuggly little cave of blankets... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Of a winter and a spring…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Of a winter and a spring…

by Dave Markwell While driving home from school the other day, my 13 year old daughter queried, “Why did the chicken cross the road?” “I don’t know. Why?” I replied. “To go to the idiot’s... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Rocket Ships.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Rocket Ships.

by Dave Markwell 2016 sucked. Hard. It was without question the most challenging year of my life and maybe just simply the worst one I’ve ever had. I hope it dies in the dust of my history and not become... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: Let’s hear it for our younger, positive citizens!

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: Let’s hear it for our younger, positive citizens!

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://www.b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/JackMayneEdiorial121616.mp3 This is the time of year when we put aside... [Read more]

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: It’s time to GIVE – take the ‘Cass’ Holiday Challenge’!

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: It’s time to GIVE – take the ‘Cass’ Holiday Challenge’!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cass Huff is a 14-year old special needs student at Mt. Rainier High School. In 2016 she was named “Citizen of the Year” by the City of Burien. by Cass Huff Hey B-Town... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: ‘Sanctuary City’ label will change absolutely nothing

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: ‘Sanctuary City’ label will change absolutely nothing

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/Editorial%2012.9.16.mp3 The proposal to make Burien a so-called ‘sanctuary... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Tables.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Tables.

by Dave Markwell During my lifetime, I have sat at many tables. I have enjoyed dinner tables and picnic tables and high-top bar tables. I have rested my elbows on various shapes and sizes and textures... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: Local cities need to add more cops

JACK MAYNE EDITORIAL: Local cities need to add more cops

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://www.b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/JackMayneEditorial-111816.mp3 With the biennial budgets of the cities... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Pretending.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Pretending.

by Dave Markwell I walked into my house and sensed disaster…again. Opening the front door, I was met with shredded napkins and a trail of rice leading up the stairs. At the top of the stairs, my old... [Read more]

JACK MAYNE: Interim City Managers are proving they can actually get things done

JACK MAYNE: Interim City Managers are proving they can actually get things done

Commentary by Senior Writer Jack Mayne (click “Play” button to hear audio version:) http://www.b-townblog.com/wp-content/images/JackMayneInterimCM.mp3 The terms interim or acting city manager have... [Read more]

PODCAST: Businesses shot at; Jack Mayne on interim city managers & more

PODCAST: Businesses shot at; Jack Mayne on interim city managers & more

Here’s episode #76 of our SoKing News Podcast Weekly Recap, which is sponsored by a generous grant from J-Lab’s Encore Media Entrepreneurs program, supported with funding from the Ethics... [Read more]