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Originally published Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 5:30 AM

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Cheers to selflessness and inclusion, jeers to rudeness

Seattle Times readers rave about generosity and kindness, and rant about inappropriate church attire and good intentions gone awry.

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Both my wife with a rare blood type and I have been on the marrow register for 20 ... MORE
RANT For people who wear beach attire, shorts, halter tops and flip-flops to church... MORE
Apology to Poet: Accidently thumbs-downed, meant to go the other way. MORE


RAVE How can one rave enough about a stranger willing to save a life? To the anonymous person who donated stem cells for a bone marrow transplant, going through the lengthy matching process that includes discomfort: I can’t thank you directly, but by speaking about the national donor program, maybe others will consider offering the gift of a new life.

RANT We got lost on our way to Palisade, took the wrong road to Magnolia and stopped to ask a woman for directions. There was no traffic anywhere, my husband stayed in the car, when I walked up to her she began yelling “Get out of here, you can’t park there!” I tried to ask for directions to the restaurant but she kept yelling at us repeating “get out of here” and wouldn’t give us any help.

RAVE To the kind people who contributed to our 5-year-old daughter’s fundraiser “to feed hungry kids” at our garage sale. She raised $39 and personally paid for groceries and put them in food bank donation bins. Thank you for your generosity and your example and may you be blessed.

RANT For people who wear beach attire, shorts, halter tops and flip-flops to church services. Please be respectful and dress appropriately — you are in God’s house.

RAVE To Seattle Humane Society staff and volunteers who sent me a sympathy card after my beloved dog Miss Katy passed away. Kudos for the fine work they do.

RANT To whoever dumped a large amount of water on my dog through my cracked car window in the library underground lot where I’d parked to avoid the heat and left him for a short time. In your effort to cool him off, you left my seat soaked and my skittish rescue dog in a traumatized frenzy.

RAVE To my grandson’s middle school, where each child was named, celebrated and hugged by the principal and teachers at a lovely, inclusive graduation event. The tears of joy on the face of the Downs syndrome student touched all our hearts.

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