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Start rowing club

at Harveys Lake

My wife and I started rowing on Harveys Lake in 1986, and I row almost every day the temperature is above freezing.

Currently there are three other oarsmen regularly rowing on the lake. They make no noise and create no wakes.

Most mornings the three or four fishing boats on the lake do not represent a hazard to the rowing shells and are easily avoided by us.

Rowing is a quiet sport, despite its depiction in the movies. There is no shouting: In the larger boats the coxswain uses a throat microphone instead of the megaphone of the last century. The rowers don’t talk much since they are preoccupied with breathing.

In years past, there were four- and eight-oared shells on the lake with some regularity. Most residents were not aware of their presence since they caused so little disruption to the lake’s tranquility.

I have known no rowing coaches who were not taciturn: There are no shouted exhortations in this Zen sport. Coaching is usually a quiet analysis of form or timing and is a discussion.

My coaches used megaphones so they did not have to shout to be heard. I suspect modern technology now allows them to use the coxswain’s speakers.

Rowing requires calm water. Wakes and waves make it very hard to control the oars so heavy lake traffic hours are avoided.

I think a rowing club would be a nice addition to the lake and not create noise, safety or traffic issues.

John Rothschild

Harveys Lake

Attacking Syria

serves no good

We started in Vietnam by providing “advisers” and ended up losing 58,000 American lives.

We invaded Iraq because it had weapons of mass destruction only to find there were none.

We went into Afghanistan ignoring Russia’s experience of being run out of the country with its tail between its legs.

Now we are thinking of limited air strikes against Syria. Air strikes probably will escalate until we have soldiers there, with more American lives lost.

When will we learn? The use of chemical warfare in Syria is abhorrent, but our national interests will not served by military intervention there.

President Reagan did not intervene in Iraq when it engaged in chemical warfare during the Iran-Iraq war, and we should not intervene in Syria now.

Daniel Gelbert Flannery


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