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December 31, 2013 at 12:05 PM

Top 10 most-read editorials of 2013: Boeing, Sodo arena and Pope Francis

Boeing, the NBA arena proposal and Pope Francis drew the most online readers in 2013. Did you miss them? Read them again now.

Here are our top 10 most-read editorials of the year based on online clicks, aka page views:

1. Machinists voted down the Boeing contract. What’s next?

Machinists, what are you going to do now?
The International Association of Machinists District 751 voted 2-1 to reject the contract that union negotiators reached with Boeing.

2. Bring Sonics back in a different location without public money

The return of the NBA and professional basketball, a desirable goal, will depend on the durable mantra that guides any commercial enterprise: location, location, location.

3. The pope’s welcome thoughts on gays; Westboro v. Macklemore

The contrast could not be more striking. The leader of the planet’s 1.2 billion Catholics spoke to society’s inclusive embrace of gays, with the question, “Who am I to judge?” No tags, no distinctions.

4. Vote no on Initiative 522, the GMO labeling initiative

Initiative 522 is a clumsy, emotion-based campaign to require labeling of selective food products containing genetically modified organisms.

5. The Times recommends Ed Murray for mayor of Seattle

Murray’s experience is stellar. Representing central Seattle as a state representative and senator for 18 years, Murray, 58, is the rare legislator who has written operating, capital and transportation budgets.

6. Watch SeaTac’s $15 minimum wage experiment

SeaTac voters’ apparent acceptance of the $15 minimum wage has pumped up political excitement for a $15 wage in Seattle. So has the strong showing of Kshama Sawant, who made the $15 minimum a centerpiece in her campaign against Seattle City Councilmember Richard Conlin. But there is more to this than activist adrenaline.

7. Media consolidation decimates KOMO 4

Seattle loses strong, local journalism every time the Federal Communications Commission fails to stop media consolidation.

8. Support for marijuana legalization drags among state’s congressional delegation

But the state’s most important allies in this risky political fight — its 12-member congressional delegation — have remained mostly silent.

9. Sonics return, Sodo arena far from a done deal

Understandable excitement for the return of NBA basketball to Seattle, and nostalgia for Sonics’ green and gold, are no substitute for rigorous review of the public’s stake in a complex deal.

10. Be skeptical of Initiative 522 on GMO labeling

Consumers absolutely have a right to know what they are eating is safe, but Initiative 522’s purpose of singling out genetically engineered foods for labeling isn’t the answer to our health questions.

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