Happy New Year! Readers and the editorial board’s wishes for 2018, in headlines.
With 2018 looming, we asked readers to share their wishes for 2018 in the form of headlines. Editorial board members chimed in as well.
The challenge with the contest this year was that submissions were heavily weighted to President Donald Trump, often calling for his resignation or impeachment. The president, with his Twitter habit and propensity for throwing jabs at those who criticize him, was something of a lightning rod for our guest headline writers.
Even when the headlines weren’t about Trump directly, they sometimes were about actions or policies he opposes. Several proposed the U.S. rejoin the Paris climate accord, which Trump famously abandoned.
Other readers were hoping for peace on Earth, and shelter and comfort for the homeless. Lower rents, the #MeToo movement and Bigfoot confirmation also made their lists.
Editorial board members yearned for peace in the Middle East, a Legislature that stops keeping secrets, a cure for cancer, an assault weapons ban, and for Boeing and Amazon to reinvest in Seattle in big ways — and for the NBA to join them. (Looks like we already are likely to get a new NHL team.)
Staff members voted on reader submissions and selected Robert Hauck of Shoreline for first place; Mary Sweet of Woodinville, second; and Jackie Linehan of Auburn, third. They’ll receive some prizes for their efforts.
Meantime, keep your fingers crossed. Here’s to a 2018 with compassion and care for the unfortunate; equity for those fighting not to be left behind; a prosperous economy; and exceptional and safe schools.
Happy new year!
• Senate to Trump: You’re fired (Frank Mitchell, Seattle)
• Twitter shuts down all Trump accounts (Sid Watson, Kent)
• State of the Union message: U.S. to take lead on new worldwide climate accord (Mary Sweet, Woodinville)
• Nation regains moral conscience as impeached president resigns (Richard Crutcher, Onalaska)
• Congress demands repayment of legislators’ sex harassment payoffs (Robert Hauck, Shoreline)
• Olympic National Park goats discuss options for nonnative human population impacts on their environment (Jackie Linehan, Auburn)
• Metro and Sound Transit ban cellphone conversations on buses and trains; riders rejoice (Mark Schiller, Kirkland)
• Seattle rent drop erases 5 years of increases (Lara Konick, Seattle)
• Care and housing found for all homeless in Washington state (Carol Dargatz, Olympia)
• Genetic analysis proves that Bigfoot is real (Charles Hastings, Auburn)
• Peace breaks out all over the world — an end to war appears to be reality (Cheryl Laufle, Seattle)
• Palestinians meet secretly with Israelis to work out peace deal
• Congress passes assault weapons ban
• Puget Sound orcas develop taste for sea lions, whales and salmon thriving
• State’s ample school funding convinces Boeing to build next jetliners in Washington
• Saying ‘enough is enough,’ Constantine, Durkan declare moratorium on new taxes
• Amazon to Seattle: HQ2 is yours
• NBA commissioner says ‘yes’ to Seattle
• Fred Hutch, ‘we did it’: Breakthrough in cancer fighting gene therapy
• State lawmakers open their records to the public
• Dreamers welcome as sweeping immigration reform passes
• ‘A beautiful number’: Zero homeless in King County