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Originally published Sunday, December 1, 2013 at 5:04 AM

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Rant & Rave: Grateful for trees, peeved at rudeness

Seattle Times readers share raves about police officers doing their duty and rants about careless neighbors.

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What toy store was it? My son would love a book like that. MORE
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RAVE To the neighbors who have two enormous oak trees in their front yard. Every fall, as the neighborhood rakes up huge drifts of leaves, I’m reminded of how much joy those trees bring throughout the year. In the spring and summer they offer a cool, green canopy that draws lively flocks of birds to our ’hood. In the fall, the leaves turn a brilliant shade of orange that lights up the whole street. The falling leaves bring back memories of my childhood raking leaves in my yard with my dad. Sure, the leaves make a bit of work for the neighborhood every fall, but the joy those two trees bring is worth it, 10 times over!

RANT To people who don’t RSVP. This is basic etiquette, but often the invited can’t take a few minutes to let their host know if they will attend or not. What’s your problem? Are you waiting to see if something “better” comes up? It’s simple courtesy to reply to an invite ASAP so the host can plan the food, size of table or even invite other guests if you can’t attend.

RAVE To the police officer who gave my adult son a ticket for not wearing a seat belt while driving. The $125 ticket was cheap compared to what could have happened if he had an accident without wearing his seat belt. Please wear your seat belt, because we love you!

RANT For the woman who was clearly annoyed that the fire department couldn’t just turn off the fire alarm going off in her apartment building and instead had to gear up and investigate while she stood outside in the cold. While waiting for an all-clear, she took off in her car without even slowing for the firefighters as they approached. Perhaps she’d have been more courteous if she’d known there actually WAS a fire in the building.

RAVE To the mother of two well-behaved young boys at Red Robin for buying this senior couple lunch. We paid it forward to a young woman who was very thankful to you also. You thoughtfulness was so appreciated.

RANT To the mall toy store offering a book on how to make weapons out of household items.

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