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Rant & Rave

Times readers share their encounters with the good and the bad.

September 21, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Rant&Rave: Cheers for Ilwaco salmon fishing

RAVE For my co-workers who’ve been so helpful and supportive to me while I’ve been at work while going through chemotherapy. Your offers of getting me tea and water help more than you know, and I appreciate your understanding when I’ve had to pass on participating in projects that I’d normally love to help with, but don’t have the physical energy to do. I’m truly blessed to work with such a great group of people!

RANT AND RAVE Rant to the woman thrusting her bare hand repeatedly into the jar of sunflower seeds at the grocery store, setting aside the spoon provided. What is wrong with you? I don’t want your germs with my salad. Rave to the grocery-store produce clerk who quickly told his manager and removed the jar when I told him what I’d seen.

RAVE After a recent trip to Ilwaco, a big rave to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, local tribes and Mother Nature for restoring the salmon runs to the Columbia River. The fishing was fantastic! If only I could say the same about the Lake Washington sockeye salmon run.

RANT To King County for paving the East Lake Sammamish Trail. We now have bicycles speeding past, most not giving a warning yet expecting us to step out of the way when they approach from behind. Paving is a good walk spoiled.

RAVE For the SPD officer who handled a delicate situation when our 9-year-old was upset and went “for a little walk” at night. After bringing him home, the officer sat him down and spoke with compassion and professionalism, acknowledging both the boy’s feelings and what his parents went through during the 20 or so minutes he was gone. Thank you to the officer and also to whoever trained him.

RANT AND RAVE Rant to Metro managers for only having only one representative to handle the many people needing service at the Westlake Metro Customer Service Center and only two folding chairs for people, some of whom were clearly frail. Rave to the one customer-service rep who handled the pressure with grace, efficiency and calm. She was terrific!

RAVE For a perfect day visiting Seattle. We drove in from Edmonds and walked along the waterfront trails bordering the shore, mingling with people of all ages, on bikes, Rollerblades and walking. Many included their leashed dogs, enjoying the walk with them on a beautiful day. Thank you, Seattle.

RAVE AND RANT Rave to the thousands of people who hike to Snow Lake each year and leave no trace of their visit to this pristine mountain lake. Huge rant to the vandal who spray-painted his name in large letters on each of two prominent rocks beside the trail. You should be ashamed of yourself. Your mindless desecration of this public treasure was an abhorrent act. Get a life … or even better, go back up there and clean up your mess.

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