Seattle Times editorial page editor Jim Vesely is calling it quits at the end of this week. Vesely spent the last year arguing for license fees for bicycles, against the military's don't ask, don't tell policy, and for Swift Boat Veterans for Truth bankroller T. Boone Pickens to be Vice President of the country.
Vesely joined the editorial board in 1991 and took over the page in 2001, shortly after its awesome endorsement of George W. Bush for president. (The Times said he would "change the tone in Washington", though I'm writing that from memory, as, strangely, the endorsement appears to be unavailable on the Times' site.)
Under his guidance (and/or the guidance of Frank Blethen) the page retained suburban-focused, center-right orientation, endorsing Dino Rossi and Mike McGavick, opposing light rail in '07 and '08 and social service spending in the last budget cycle (while the paper asked for its own bailout), but also supporting gay rights and endorsing John Kerry and Barack Obama.
The Times has yet to name a replacement; it'll be interesting to see who they pick, especially now that the P-I is no longer around to appeal to liberal, urban print readers. Who knows which way Blethen's whim blows, but a more urban, less conservative voice would be welcome. It's the Seattle Times, after all.