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Originally published Sunday, January 26, 2014 at 5:17 AM

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Rant & Rave: Mature youngsters, immature adults

Seattle Times readers rant about rude behavior and rave about grace under pressure.

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RAVE To the neighbor who used her grandma-skills to give my newly driver-licensed daughter kind words and tender consolation (and calmed down this steaming mom) when she got distracted while driving and plowed into her fence. She even refused monetary payment for the damage.

RANT To the 49ers fan who spewed profanity at my 6-year-old son while waiting in line to get on the elevator at the Space Needle. He’s just a kid and you were completely out of line. Your team going down was sweet justice.

RAVE To TV sportscaster Erin Andrews for her gracious manner handling the heat-of-the-moment tantrum of Seahawk Richard Sherman. That’s why she’s there.

RANT To the spectator who threw food at a 49ers player while he was being carted off the field after being injured at last Sunday’s game. Seattle has class, unlike you. Don’t take this great city down with your disgusting action.

RAVE To the students and staff of Issaquah High School for the outstanding support they showed to the Special Olympics basketball teams at a recent game. The band, cheerleaders and full-throttle audience made our kids feel important and celebrated. Our hearts are warmed and our spirits raised by your generosity.

RANT To the person who hit my brother’s car on his way home from a stressful day at work. He took the time to make you comfortable. You took advantage of him by giving him an insurance policy number that doesn’t exist. I’m thankful he didn’t get injured but thanks to you he no longer trusts people. I hope karma gets you back for this.

RANT AND RAVE Rant to the parcel-delivery company that won’t leave a package at my apartment. I can’t take a day off without pay to wait around for a $20 package, don’t want to pay $40 to schedule a delivery time or drive 45 miles round trip to their “local” distribution center to pick it up. No weekend delivery, of course. Rave for the U.S. Postal Service: If you miss delivery of a package, you can pick it up nearby at the post office, even on Saturday!

RAVE For my grandson, who asked everyone coming to his 10th birthday party to bring $10 to donate to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Nana is so proud of him.

RANT To people who yell, swear and threaten other bus riders, showing your ignorance to all. Worse yet when children are on the bus.

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