Last week, a reader ranted that it was bad etiquette for a driver with child passengers to use the HOV lane. This week, our inbox is jammed...

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Last week, a reader ranted that it was bad etiquette for a driver with child passengers to use the HOV lane. This week, our inbox is jammed with letters from angry soccer moms and other carpoolers who say, well … read on:

“A rave to the people who stopped near Lincoln Park after my dog, Leo, was hit by a car and killed on Friday, Oct. 13. Five strangers stopped to help — with cellphones, a blanket and support. Your kindness helped me hold it together long enough to do what I needed to. And to the man driving the car, it wasn’t your fault. I know you were sorry, and I don’t blame you. Thank you for trying to help. Your caring will help me to heal.”

“If children are not to be counted as passengers in the HOV lanes because they are ‘not actual drivers,’ where would we draw the line? Should elders who no longer drive not count? How about spouses or teen siblings who would not have taken a separate car, anyway? None of those cases really take a car off the road. Parents have busy enough lives; don’t complicate them any more.”

” Would you prefer to have the entire soccer team, Cub Scout troop or ballet class chauffeured individually by their parents in the non-HOV lanes, jamming up traffic even more? You said it yourself: It is not illegal to use the HOV lane when more than one person is in the car.”

” We should probably spend your tax money to set up patrols and stop every car to demand proof of carpooling. That would really speed up traffic. (Sarcasm intended.)”

” A rave for the Seattle police officer who controls traffic at the Westlake Center parking garage during weekday commute times. He not only efficiently directs cars out of the garage, but also does an excellent job of managing traffic on Olive Way.”

Rest in peace, Leo. Contact rantandrave@seattletimes.com.