Opinion Section

UPDATE: Local Filmmaker gives Port of Seattle Commissioners an ‘Intermission’

UPDATE: Local Filmmaker gives Port of Seattle Commissioners an ‘Intermission’

Local attorney, activist and filmmaker Steve Edmiston took a break from his ongoing project – to brief the Port of Seattle Commissioners on the impact of aircraft operations on our communities – to... [Read more]

LETTER: Delgado move shows ‘poor leadership from the City Manager’s office’

LETTER: Delgado move shows ‘poor leadership from the City Manager’s office’

[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:] As recently reported in The Waterland... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘March for Our Lives is a way to hold our elected officials accountable’

LETTER: ‘March for Our Lives is a way to hold our elected officials accountable’

[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:] Letter to the Editor: To the people... [Read more]

LETTER: An Open Letter to the Des Moines City Council

LETTER: An Open Letter to the Des Moines City Council

[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 Des Moines City Council, I am... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: <i>Defying the Odds</i>

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds By Andrea H. Reay CEO/President Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Did you know that the majority of businesses do not make it past 10 years? In fact, the US Census Bureau as reported... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Shopping Cart.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Shopping Cart.

By Dave Markwell A couple of weeks ago, I got a call from my mom. My mom rarely calls me, so I was a bit concerned. Answering my phone, “Hi, Mom!!”, with some enthusiasm and optimism that bad news... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Shirts.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Shirts.

By Dave Markwell I’ve been on a bit of a purge lately. I’ve been going through closets of crap and getting rid of it. I have too much stuff, much of which serves no useful purpose. I don’t even... [Read more]

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: What it was like singing live at Benaroya Hall!

CASSIDY’S COLUMN: What it was like singing live at Benaroya Hall!

EDITOR’S NOTE: Cass Huff is a 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 Readers! I’m so... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A call from a boy…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A call from a boy…

By Dave Markwell At 4:30 this morning my phone rang. Being familiar with phone calls at this hour, I knew it was probably not good news. It wasn’t. My caller ID said, “Aden”, my son. “Hi, buddy”,... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: We’ll see…

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: We’ll see…

By Dave Markwell Last weekend, my daughter informed me that she was going to see a movie with her friend, “Becky”, and would need a ride Saturday evening. Now, the only surprising element of this... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: <i>Economic Forecast – Stronger Together</i>

Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce: Economic Forecast – Stronger Together

Economic Forecast – Stronger Together By Andrea H. Reay CEO/President Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce John F. Kennedy once said, “A rising tide lifts all boats”. But, did you know that Kennedy... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD NEW YEAR: Still can…

FEEL GOOD NEW YEAR: Still can…

By Dave Markwell A few weeks ago, I was at my old buddy, Scott’s, house catching up a bit following the memorial service for his dad. It was one of those simple, beautiful moments of life and friendship... [Read more]

COMMENTARY: South King Media would not exist if not for Michael Brunk

COMMENTARY: South King Media would not exist if not for Michael Brunk

Michael Brunk By Scott Schaefer Founder/Publisher Michael Brunk is one of the most impressive, creative and talented media professionals I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. As we... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Breezes.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Breezes.

By Dave Markwell Returning home to my dogs after a fine Thanksgiving meal, I was feeling especially gracious – even more so by the exceptionally low standards I have set for my dogs. As I delicately... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Steps.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Steps.

By Dave Markwell Throughout our lives, we take many steps. Some are forward. Some are sideways. Some are backwards. These steps move us through life. I recall my own first steps into a kindergarten classroom.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Death of a coffee machine.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Death of a coffee machine.

By Dave Markwell A couple of days ago, my coffee maker croaked. I took it apart to see if any glaring issues stood out. After maxing out my appliance repair knowledge in about 12 seconds, I determined... [Read more]

Seattle Southside Chamber: <i>Vote November 7th!</i>

Seattle Southside Chamber: Vote November 7th!

By Andrea H. Reay CEO/President Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce Election Day is fast approaching – Tuesday, November 7th – and although we might not be voting for President this year, now more... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Audiences.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Audiences.

By Dave Markwell The other morning I was greeted with an unexpected message on Facebook from an old buddy whom I don’t chat with often, but one whose fate with me is sealed. For better or worse, he’s... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Courage

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Courage

[EDITOR’S NOTE: This week’s column is a rerun.] by Dave Markwell This week’s column was especially challenging to get a bead on. My original idea involved my family’s dinner time discussion... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Backwards.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Backwards.

By Dave Markwell The other day I put my underwear on backwards. This was not super-unusual. I will often, in my morning haste, put the wrong foot in the wrong leg hole. Typically, I discover this error... [Read more]