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December 30, 2013 at 6:08 AM

Top 10 most-read opinion in 2013: Dating, kids and Dick’s Drive-In

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.

1. Guest column by Danielle Campoamor: “What’s wrong with Seattle’s dating scene”

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.

2. Staff column by Sharon Pian Chan: “Why I am not having kids”

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.

3. Opinion Northwest post by Thanh Tan: “Lessons from Dick’s Drive-In on minimum wage, employee benefits”

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.

4. Staff column by Sharon Pian Chan: “Why you should not buy a house”

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.

5. Guest column by Philip W. Eaton: “Downtown represents a broken city”

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.

6. Opinion Northwest post: “Seattle Times editorial board’s recommendations for Nov. 5 election”

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.

7. Guest column by Sen. Patty Murray: “How the government shutdown could end tomorrow”

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.

8. Guest column by Jesse Hagopian: “Why Garfield teachers boycotted the MAP test”

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.

9. Northwest Voices letter by Bambi Lin Litchman: “Nordstrom piano player removed”

Perez is a marvelous musician with an extraordinarily good spirit who brought true elegance to Nordstrom.

10. Staff column by Sharon Pian Chan: “Seattle’s on a winning streak, not just in football”

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.

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