Opinion Section

LETTER: ‘Proposed Tree Ordinance 14-043 not needed or wanted’

LETTER: ‘Proposed Tree Ordinance 14-043 not needed or wanted’

[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:] Contrary to what some people want you to... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Again, we need a quality and honest representative in Olympia…’

LETTER: ‘Again, we need a quality and honest representative in Olympia…’

[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:] WE NEED THE BEST We need to have quality... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Potluck.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Potluck.

by Dave Markwell I enjoy potluck dinners very much. Though, I have learned through many years of attending these events to always bring what I like. Having been disappointed too many times in the past... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Proposition #1 appears to be an outright theft’

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: ‘Proposition #1 appears to be an outright theft’

[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:] Response to Mr. Schipper’s letter of September... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Highline Public Schools has been a good fiscal steward…’

LETTER: ‘Highline Public Schools has been a good fiscal steward…’

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following is a Letter to the Editor, written by a Reader. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The B-Town Blog nor its staff:] Dear Editor, After voters approved school construction... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sir!!!

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sir!!!

by Dave Markwell Here is a repeat of my only column that I wish was never written…it’s the anniversary of the event that inspired the words that I wish I did not have to write… “Sir!!!” My friend... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Primary Objective

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Primary Objective

by Dave Markwell I’ve heard it said that the hardest thing to write is a simple, true sentence. I believe this. It is much easier to add words and use literary magic tricks to convey a thought than... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Morning.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Morning.

by Dave Markwell I have been reviewing old columns for another compilation project. I believe that this was my very first column. I still like it. I hope you do, too… This day belongs to the dogs. They... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Unsentimental.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Unsentimental.

by Dave Markwell Well, the kids are back at school. This event seems to be lacking some of the significance of years past. I’m not sure why. I don’t feel jaded or like I’m becoming unsentimental... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bifocals.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bifocals.

by Dave Markwell This morning a couple of my favorite CrossFit members bought me a coffee. Tanya and Roxane had finished their workout and, per their Friday ritual, traveled down the street for a coffee... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Untethered.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Untethered.

by Dave Markwell Last night I took my first “actual” shower in seven days. My son and I spent a few days traveling around the state, fishing, eating beef jerky and bathing in the lakes and rivers... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Disappointed in incompetence and laziness … by Des Moines PD’

LETTER: ‘Disappointed in incompetence and laziness … by Des Moines PD’

[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:] Good Afternoon, I am writing to share with... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Surrender.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Surrender.

by Dave Markwell With the cool mist of an early August morning breaking the sleepy grip of my night’s rest, I see my world in my yard and understand that it’s a good place to be. As the sun begins... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Anticipation.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Anticipation.

by Dave Markwell Two days ago I was ripe with anticipation awaiting my wife’s return home from her week-long adventure. Well, she’s home now and I have moved on to anticipating leaving her for a four-day... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Selfish.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Selfish.

by Dave Markwell Tonight is a quiet time in my house. The dogs and I don’t make a lot of noise. My wife and daughter are gone for a week. My wife is at a “retreat” with a bunch of women. I’m not... [Read more]

LETTER: Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan upset with Comcast customer service

LETTER: Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan upset with Comcast customer service

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The following letter was published on Des Moines Mayor Dave Kaplan's Facebook page; we have received permission to post it here. It does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Waterland... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bats…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Bats…

by Dave Markwell I had the distinct pleasure of visiting with a batty old lady the other day. As the calendar pages turn on my life, I have come to appreciate and enjoy “bats” more than I have previously.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Compliance.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Compliance.

by Dave Markwell My son mowed the lawn after being asked one, single time. I did not have to cajole, bribe, beg or threaten. This is a new development. It felt like a parallel universe, one in which my... [Read more]