Readers rave about quick Downton Abbey DVD turnaround, paid beverage at Starbuck’s line, helpful hikers and UW landscaping; rant about suburban growth, TV news gimmicks, people looking at smartphones while ignoring their kids

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RAVE To everyone before me who reserved the Season Six “Downton Abbey” DVD set from the King County Library System and got it back quickly so I was able to get it sooner. I binge-watched and finished it so I could quickly pay it forward to another person waiting for it.

RANT To local communities like Renton, Redmond, Bothell and others who seem to be turning every green space into condos or residential communities. People don’t want more growth and more traffic. Green spaces are very beneficial mentally and physically; people need to let their voices be heard by local governments and developers before we all end up living in an asphalt jungle!

RAVE To the woman in the car in front of me in the drive-thru line at the Starbucks who paid for my order. My little boy has special needs and it had been a particularly rough morning getting him to school and this act of kindness cheered me up. I paid it forward for the person behind me.

RANT To the TV news station that uses gimmicks like telling us how to dress our kids for the bus, what people biking to work should wear, or ringing a bell before the weather forecast so we’ll hopefully come running to watch. Seattle is one of the most educated cities in the country; please plan your news format to avoid annoying and offending your viewers.

RAVE AND RANT Rave to all the kind people who stopped on their way down from Franklin Falls to make every effort to get my car out of the heavy snow it was stuck in. I’m so grateful to live in an area where everyone is so helpful. Rant to me for driving up the snow-covered road in the first place.

RANT To people who are too busy checking their emails, texting, talking and whatever else they do with their smartphones while totally ignoring their children. Try spending less time on your phone and more time engaging with them so they don’t feel so ignored!

RAVE To the University of Washington’s gardeners and landscapers for creating such a beautiful campus. I especially enjoy the thoughtful placement of winter daphne around the bus stops. While waiting for my bus, its sweet smell lifts my spirits on wet, gloomy winter days.

RANT AND RAVE Rant to some drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians who are distracted and clueless as they move throughout Seattle. Rave to the majority of drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians who do pay attention and are courteous and aware of others. As we move through an increasingly dense and crowded city, we all need to pay attention all the time.