RANT To weather folks and newscasters who talk endlessly about how wonderful the sun is and deride the rain. Those of us from this area know that hot days so early in the year are a bad sign, and rain is critical to our Northwest environment. Rave to spring rain!

RAVE To basketball commentator Bill Walton. His off-the-rails, chain-of- consciousness commentary shows that, unlike most announcers, he has interests outside of basketball. He makes even the most poorly played Pac-12 game entertaining.