Tagged with 'Opinion'

LETTER: Local businessman endorses Municipal Court Judge candidate

LETTER: Local businessman endorses Municipal Court Judge candidate

[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 most of our loyal customers know, my wife... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘It does not help us or our city to disparage the leaders we have in place’

LETTER: ‘It does not help us or our city to disparage the leaders we have in place’

[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 have an election coming up in Des Moines.... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Mouthful of Bees

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Mouthful of Bees

by Dave Markwell When my daughter was just a baby learning to crawl, I used to sit in the corner chair of our living room and let her drag herself around the floor while I worked on stuff. One day as she... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Open Windows

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Open Windows

by Dave Markwell I hate the end of summer. I am never ready for it to end. This has been a weird week. It seems as though summer is finished and I never had a chance to say “goodbye”. It just left... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘The beautiful waterland town is now the town known for 2 porno shops’

LETTER: ‘The beautiful waterland town is now the town known for 2 porno shops’

[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:] Am I the only one who has looked across the... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Dancing in the Mud

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Dancing in the Mud

by Dave Markwell This morning I received two text messages: One came from my wife notifying me that a friend of ours had delivered her baby. The second one came from a best friend notifying me that his... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Freshman

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Freshman

by Dave Markwell This morning I dropped my fourteen year old son, Aden, off for his high school orientation. He will be a freshman at Mount Rainier High School, my alma mater. As I am prone to do, I became... [Read more]

LETTER: Former Des Moines Mayor responds to councilmember Sheckler

LETTER: Former Des Moines Mayor responds to councilmember Sheckler

[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 of the Waterland Blog. Mr.... [Read more]

LETTER: Reader wonders how much money city council candidates spend

LETTER: Reader wonders how much money city council candidates spend

[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 Editor: Update on our Election for Des... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: No chicks.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: No chicks.

by Dave Markwell I began last week with a sense of trepidation, but also opportunity. My wife was leaving town for a few days and I was being left to care for our kids. Solo. Well, I’ve been doing this... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Off the Grid.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Off the Grid.

by Dave Markwell My wife is leaving town for 6 days. She is going on some type of “retreat” with a bunch of ladies to discuss and experience whatever a bunch of ladies “retreating” will. I have... [Read more]

LETTER: ‘Do you believe Des Moines is a safe city to live in?’

LETTER: ‘Do you believe Des Moines is a safe city to live in?’

[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:] Do you believe Des Moines is a safe city... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Fried Trout.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Fried Trout.

by Dave Markwell On a mostly sunny Monday morning in a hotel room in southern British Columbia, I remembered my Grandma. I had just made the resort supplied coffee in a little tin pot contraption. As I... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Weird Week.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: A Weird Week.

by Dave Markwell This was a weird week. At least I think it was. I’m not sure that I am qualified to determine what’s weird anymore. But, the week seemed weirder than my normal weird weeks. On Sunday... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: An Ordinary Sunday Morning.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: An Ordinary Sunday Morning.

by Dave Markwell On an ordinary Sunday morning with a late spring sun peeking through the high clouds, my buddy Dave and his wife and young son were driving through the sweet sage and early corn-sprouted... [Read more]

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lament for a Grocery Store

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Lament for a Grocery Store

[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:] Moving to Des Moines many years ago was a... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sunset.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: Sunset.

by Dave Markwell The day began with a nice sunrise. It remained good day throughout, minus some expectedly unexpected violations. Overall, it was a good day. This may not seem remarkable, but in its lack... [Read more]

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Cold Swim.

FEEL GOOD FRIDAY: The Cold Swim.

by Dave Markwell The other night I drove my truck down to the marina in my hometown. As the bright orange sun lit the water, then fell behind the mountains, I cracked a twenty-four ounce “lemonade”... [Read more]