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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
October 10, 2013 at 10:42 AM
Voters have a chance with the Nov. 5 ballot, containing many races for local government, to send a message that things are going well or need some adjustment.
Since the summer, Seattle Times editorial board members have been interviewing candidates and campaigns for statewide and local initiatives. We have started to publish our recommendations to voters and will continue in the coming days. Ballots are expected to be mailed around Oct. 17.
If you have questions about King County Elections, call 206-296-VOTE or go to kingcounty.gov/elections.
If you have questions about Snohomish County Elections, call 425-388-3444 or go to the Snohomish County Election division website.
For questions about Washington state elections, go to the Secretary of State election website.
Here are our recommendations for selected races in King and Snohomish counties and for ballot measures.
- City of Seattle endorsements
- King County endorsements
- City of Bellevue endorsements
- Snohomish County endorsements
- State ballot measures and advisory vote endorsements
- State races
City of Seattle:
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.