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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Mastering the craft

I would like to congratulate you on your excellent article on rowing in Lake Union ("Cutting into Morning," Aug. 3). Your article captured the essence of this sport. I am a 46-year-old competitive masters rower who started rowing in hopes of recovering from a serious cycling accident. Rowing gave me back the use of my arm and shoulder, has provided me with a life-long cardiovascular exercise and has enabled me to experience beautiful sunrises on Lake Washington. Thank you for profiling the older masters athletes. Not only are their accomplishments inspiring, but their stories are a refreshing change from the usual sports news diet of firings, contracts, arraignments, trials and settlements. Keep up the good work.

Traci Goodwin
Seattle

For the love of a good library

The evening autumn sun washes the Port Townsend Carnegie Library with a golden glow. And it is golden for me. I love this library, just 1/2 block from my apartment. A few years ago, some citizens wanted to get rid of it, but our weekly newspaper, The Leader, took a poll, and the library won. So we still have our library, with an addition.

I do believe that the two things that made the USA great were the public schools and the libraries. I still believe that, although both are in trouble for lack of funds. We seem to have plenty of money to fight a war but not enough to keep our own young people going.

My first encounter with a library was in grade school when we moved next door to Mrs. Ridgeway, the city librarian in Pocatello, Idaho. She said I had to come to the library after school every day and get a new book. So, I did that every day! That arrangement may have lasted only a year but it left with me with a life-long love of reading. "Heidi" was my first favorite book, then "Blue Willow" and finally "The Crossing." At 73 years of age, I still remember those books vividly. And I now make frequent trips to the library. Recently I ordered a book over the library Web site and found I was No. 24 on the hold list. So, I did buy the book and will donate it to the library when I've finished reading it.

Hurray for librarian Nancy Pearl ("Feeding Literate Souls," Sept. 12) at the Seattle Public Library and for all the other librarians who have made such a difference in peoples' lives.

Sally Robbins
Port Townsend


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