We are nearing the end of 2013. Here is what was most popular with online readers in the past 12 months: Seattle’s dating scene, not having kids and wages at Dick’s Drive-In.
In case you missed them, here is another chance to check out the most-read editorials, staff columns, guest columns (aka op-eds) and Opinion Northwest blog posts of the year. These rankings are based on online click-throughs, aka page views.
I quickly learned that Seattle men are far different from any other I’ve encountered: shy, timid and seemingly incapable of striking up a conversation, let alone offering to buy a female a drink.
We have decided we have other things to give to the world. We won’t be having kids. We choose to be childless in Seattle.
As local fast-food workers join a nationwide movement for a $15 minimum wage, Dick’s approach is a much more realistic, time-tested model for local businesses to emulate. Mandating a massive increase from Washington’s current minimum wage of $9.19 is too much, too fast for the small restaurants that are hiring inexperienced employees.
For four years, if it was Saturday morning we were at Home Depot in ratty, paint-spattered clothes. One of my dogs went on a dirty strike and repeatedly peed in one of the bedrooms. The other ate drywall.
As my wife and I walk the streets from our new home, we spot the drug deals in the shadows of reeking alleys. We see the vacant eyes of the mentally disturbed, helpless folks dumped on our streets. We see the ravages of addiction sprawled on our sidewalks.
The two candidates for Seattle mayor are both die-hard progressives. They identify many of the same challenges ahead as the city reaches back to economic vitality. They even share some policy platforms. But the choice becomes clear on their widely different approaches to governing. State Sen. Ed Murray offers a return of pragmatic, effective leadership to City Hall.
It’s time for the days of a tiny political faction holding the entire nation back from addressing the much larger challenges we face to come to an end. And the only thing that stands in the way of that, and ending this shutdown, is Speaker Boehner allowing a single vote.
We at Garfield are not against accountability or demonstrating student progress. We do insist on a form of assessment relevant to what we’re teaching in the classroom.
Perez is a marvelous musician with an extraordinarily good spirit who brought true elegance to Nordstrom.
The Seahawks’ win on Sunday was a wake-up call to the rest of the country. Seattle is hot. I’m not just talking football.