Thank you for printing the great writing, "Volunteers Wanted in Seattle," by author Lydia Sprague (March 7). It deserves the front page.
Volunteering for nonprofit organizations is always needed, as in food banks, elder and other more personal care.
In the early ‘80s, I spent innumerable hours working with an AIDS organization and 17 years of fund-raising in those needed years for them. I know all about the care that volunteers give in various venues, sacrificing their own time helping others in need. One of [the] "other" volunteer venues is one that will take possibly years to see the ultimate result.
These are the volunteers who also give their time in a less immediate, humanitarian way. They are out and about during spring and summer, helping our city parks, areas for people access to walk their dogs, clearing out unusable areas clogged with weeds and brush [and] planting native trees and bushes in those spaces.
They show up for a few hours every month and get cold [and] dirty and do tedious work — not all for now, but in the future for people to enjoy.
Seattle Parks [and Recreation] and other organizations, working on improving our public land use, will always need more volunteers because it is not taking place in a clean, structured environment. Consequently, more people of all ages need to spend a few hours a month, working for the future.
Parks like Lewis Park, Dr. Rizal Park and Off Leash Area on North Beacon Hill and 400 others need volunteer help now during the coming season. We and future generations will see what you have accomplished for us and for them.
When you volunteer to work with the earth, there are always tools, gloves, water and generally snacks provided.
Lenny Larson Beacon Hill
[Regarding the Feb. 15 story “Larry Gossett: Forever a Public Servant”:] I met Larry at the University of Washington in the fall of 1967. Undeniably, he has matured, but what makes him so outstanding is his consistency over all these years. The principles that guided him more than 40 years ago are still evident today.
Eddie Demmings New Jersey
I am most grateful for the Feb. 15 article on Larry Gossett. For many years, I have been grateful for his leadership on important issues, his compassion and good sense regarding the concerns of the area’s peoples and his wide knowledge and integrity in dealing with the complexities of modern life in our modern times.
I also am grateful we have local papers like City Living Seattle to keep us informed of matters important to folks in our city.
Maria Abdin Seattle
[Regarding “No Bunnies for Easter,” March 14:] Thank you, Christie [Lagally]! I hope your article serves as a reminder to people who care for bunnies and a warning to those considering buying an Easter bunny.
Sue Brennan Rabbit Haven, Gig Harbor