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December 31, 2013 at 2:59 PM
A new year’s fresh start inspires some hopefulness about the prospects for the Puget Sound region in 2014. Instead of resolutions, we asked readers for some 2014 wishes in the form of headlines they would like to see.
Below are headlines from readers who answered our call — nearly 300 headlines were sent in. Congratulations to Pete Sullivan from Seattle who offered what the editorial staff deemed the best reader headline. He will receive a Seattle Times coffee mug to sip from in 2014. Check out his and other readers’ submissions below.
Our editorial staff also came up with headlines. Perhaps these headlines might provide some inspiration for elected officials and policy leaders for their own New Year’s resolutions.
Boeing to build 777X in Wash. state
— John Mar, Sammamish
Mariners win AL West
— Richard E. Rian, Port Angeles
December 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM
Digging through the archives for a Christmas editorial cartoon, we found this undated single frame from Seattle Times cartoonist Sam Groff, who worked at the newspaper in the 1940s. It certainly has the look of a “Dick Tracy,” “Dagwood or “Blondie” strip. Despite being drawn in a different era — check out the dated use of the word “gay” by the cat — the satire drawn by Groff about the Seattle Rainiers seems relevant to Seattle’s pro baseball team today.
Jo-Jo White played with the Rainiers from 1939-42 and managed the club from 1946 through 1949. He was a local celebrity of his time and helped lead the team to pennant victories in the early ’40s as a player. Earl Sheely was the general manager of the Rainiers starting in 1946. The mid ’40s were lean years for the club and this cartoon was likely drawn soon after both men joined. The club wouldn’t win another pennant until 1951.
Of course, the Seattle Mariners are in their own lean times today: imagine Lloyd McClendon and Jack Zduriencik in the Santa Claus suits and yourselves, M’s fans, as the young kids waiting to see what Santa brought. Although, the magic of Christmas might wear off if Santa Claus keeps bringing the same old toys.
What are your wishing for on Christmas and New Year’s, if not a Mariners World Series championship? We’ve been asking our readers over the past weeks to send in the headlines they’d like to see in the new year. We’re publishing the best ones in print and online on Jan. 1.
December 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM
The new year is almost here.
What will 2014 hold for the Puget Sound region? Will the Seahawks finally win the Super Bowl? Will world peace prevail? Will Congress do its job? Or will the Highway 99 tunneling machine Bertha discover Godzilla under Seattle?
What headlines would you like to see in 2014? On New Year’s Day, The Seattle Times Opinion page will publish the best suggestions from readers alongside those from our editorial board members. The best reader headline, judged by our staff, will win a Seattle Times mug to sip from in 2014.
Enter your submission in the form below by 9 a.m. on Dec. 26 and check out our New Year’s Opinion page from Jan. 1, 2013, at the bottom of this post.
December 6, 2013 at 10:57 PM
We’ve gotten quite a few responses to our post this morning about which city is better, Seattle or San Francisco. We trumpeted our beautiful summers and our liberal social policies. The San Francisco Chronicle retorted, calling Microsoft a “lumbering” enterprise and poked fun at Amazon.com’s drone idea.
Our readers are having their say as well, with 49 (coincidence) in support of S.F. and 34 in favor of Seattle. That’d better not be the final score of the game. Keep the responses coming. Here’s the best of what has been submitted so far (note, load times may vary):
December 6, 2013 at 6:03 AM
Seattle has for too long been labeled a “smaller San Francisco.” We see the similarities. Like San Francisco, Seattle is made up of neighborhoods on hills. Both cities are shrouded in grey. The politics of both are proudly left.
But Seattle is not a lesser San Francisco. It’s a better San Francisco.
A San Francisco editorial writer seems to think differently in a post that went up this morning. As if. We’ll still continue to proclaim our superiority this week as the Seahawks prepare to take on the 49ers. Seattle trounced San Francisco earlier this season at CenturyLink Field, when the fans broke the sound record. Two S.F. fans called for the NFL to punish a team for fan noise in a letter to the San Francisco Chronicle. I called the letter-writers wussy babies in an earlier blog post. We’re not only louder, Seattle is better in a number of other ways:
San Francisco, we have news for you. You’re no longer the leftiest city on the left coast. In 2012, our state voters legalized same-sex marriage with Referendum 74. (California voters rejected same-sex marriage with Proposition 8.) Washington state also legalized recreational marijuana with Initiative 502. Eat your liberal heart out. (more…)
November 11, 2013 at 5:00 AM
October 30, 2013 at 4:37 PM
Is it OK to turn off the porch light, hide in the basement and not open the door on Halloween to give out treats? Our Wednesday editorial, “Don’t be a deadbeat on Halloween,” said no and we asked readers to weigh in with their thoughts. Here are some edited excerpts from reader responses
I love Halloween. Our neighborhood is fairly popular for trick-or-treaters and on average we go through about 25 bags of candy. It is really fun to not only give out candy but to watch kids have such a great time. I have blown out the candle in the pumpkin and turned off the porch light but that is later and only because we had a particularly good year and ran out of candy before we had hoped. Those who turn off the lights and pretend not to be home are the ones missing out.”
— Clarence Geyen, Mill Creek
I’m one of them. Last time I checked, this was still a free country and we can treat … or not, as we choose.”
— Lorna Lou, Mountlake Terrace
I think that’s their prerogative and I don’t think any more or less of them. Halloween is not a mandatory participation activity.”
— Skye Koontz, Seattle
My dogs bark and have to be controlled. I only get teenagers who aren’t in costume and say, ‘I’m dressed as a high school student for Halloween.’ Most parents take their kids to organized events these days, so what’s the point? My light will be off.”
— Hilari Anderson, Seattle
Orthodox Jews, who live in several Seattle neighborhoods, such as Seward Park and Ravenna-Bryant, would not give out Halloween treats because Halloween is a holiday that espouses beliefs and traditions rooted in pagan Samhain and the Christian All Saints Day that are inappropriate for Jews to participate in.”
— Lynn Gottlieb, Seattle
And the growing sense of entitlement continues to spread. I have absolutely no problem with people leaving the light off, going out for the night or just ignoring the doorbell. It’s not something I would do — my wife and I look forward to seeing the costumes each year — but everyone certainly has a right to not spend their money on candy for strangers and to not get up and answer the door every 2 minutes all evening. And if the kids and their parents can’t handle it, too bad. May their bags be filled with Tootsie Rolls.”
— Doug Walsh, Snoqualmie
October 16, 2013 at 5:11 PM