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Cool relief appreciated during the recent heat wave

To the Editor:

What a great and generous plan that Lake Grove Presbyterian church offered to the neighbors, parishioners and just anyone who wanted to enjoy their 'party' in wonderful air conditioning (July 22 and 23).

I was so happy to stay after church until 8 p.m. Sunday. Lunch and supper were served to all with treats during the afternoon. It was planned so well for all ages. Games, movies, crafts, etc., etc.

The temperature was 101 degrees and it was warm at my apartment at Oswego Pointe. I enjoyed it all. And thanks to Rev. Libby Boatwright who planned it all with many helpers.

Carol Fay

Lake Oswego

Couple of items need some clearing up from last week

To the Editor:

I wish to thank Cliff Newell for his July 27 article about the iron history exhibit at the Oswego Heritage House. Cliff did a good job with a complicated subject. However, I would like to correct a couple of statements that may have raised some eyebrows.

Cliff quoted me as saying that 'Everything here started with the iron industry.' While it is true that Oswego was a 'company town' whose destiny was shaped by the iron industry for some 60 years, the town was founded in 1850 by A. A. Durham 15 years before the iron company came on the scene.

The article also misquotes me as saying, 'Portland was like a mud city. Thanks to the iron company it gained some dignity.' What I actually said was that the founders and investors in the iron company used iron from Oswego to build Portland's water system and many of its cast-iron fronted buildings, like the Ladd and Tilton Bank. The building projects of civic leaders like William S. Ladd, Henry Green, Henry Corbett and Henry Failing helped transform Portland from a frontier town of muddy streets to a town of architectural distinction. It would not be accurate to say that the iron company had any direct role in Portland's development.

The article also says that the iron company imported 150 Chinese workers who were brought illegally into the country from British Columbia. We have no reason to believe that the iron company was involved in smuggling illegal workers. The smuggling of Chinese occurred after the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882. The iron company began employing local Chinese as woodcutters in 1867.

Finally, I would like to point out that pig iron is the final product of iron smelting, not a 'raw material.'

When the furnace is tapped, molten iron runs into trenches in a sand floor where it cools into three-foot bars. The exhibit explains why the bars are called 'pigs.'

Again, many thanks to the Review for letting folks know about the iron history exhibit at the Oswego Heritage House.

Susanna C. Kuo

Oswego Heritage Council

Lake Oswego

Dog's death at shelter seems questionable

To the Editor:

The death of Cody, a 14-month-old golden retriever at the Clackamas County dog shelter, was sad and scary. The same fate could have befallen any beloved pet of a Clackamas County family. Obviously high temperatures pose an extra danger to animals, and caregivers have a commensurately extra responsibility.

The statement by the shelter's supervisor, Dow Hokoana, that 'the dog was in such poor shape when first seen that employees had no chance of saving him' reeks of cover-up.

A committee of veterinarians should conduct an independent review.

Gordon Priedeman

Lake Oswego

Church earns praise for helping beat the heat

To the Editor:

I am proud of my church (Lake Grove Presbyterian) for cooling off its big fellowship hall and gathering area and inviting in our neighbors and anyone without air conditioning during the hot, hot weekend, July 22 and 23. I hadn't realized how listless an older person can get when it just doesn't cool off day after day.

A member, I happily volunteered to help along with some 90 others, most also without air conditioning, I expected more of my peers, but families with young children outnumbered us. That space is used many ways, but the staff created craft and game corners, video and movie areas. The long reception table was full of snacks plus liquids as usual. Quiet lounge spaces behind palm trees, away from sound and activity, was amazing! Thanks, and hats off to Lake Grove Presbyterian's ingenuity and generosity!

Ruth Hoover

Lake Oswego

McPeak 'considers his statements with care'

To the Editor:

I have read and reread Noel Wolfe's letter (Road to Hell ... Lake Oswego Review July 27), trying to determine how he reached his conclusions concerning retired Gen. Merrill A. McPeak, ex-President Jimmy Carter and George Bush. I can only surmise that he has spent many years in isolation, his only contact with the outside world being Bill O'Reilly and the Fox Fictional News Network.

I've always read Gen. McPeak's comments with respect and interest as they indicate that he studies his subjects thoroughly, and considers his statements with care. I often disagree with him, but rest assured that he isn't just popping off.

To call Jimmy Carter a failure and then to suggest that George Bush is otherwise is pure folly. Bush, a dishonest ideologue should not even be mentioned in the same breath as President Carter, an eminently decent man, who has been a brilliant student, successful naval officer, successful businessman, a great humanitarian and, if not a great president, at least not one who did not set his country back generations economically, diplomatically and constitutionally.

Bush is both the touchstone by which failure is identified and the benchmark from which failure must be measured. He is defined by mediocrity academically, failure as a military officer, multiple failures in business, and the author of one disaster after another as president and de facto leader of the free world.

Bush may be your president Mr. Wolfe, but he is not mine, nor is he the president of millions of rational people in this country. He is not qualified by temperament, experience or intellectual capacity to lead this country.

I am reminded of the headline in a British newspaper the day after our last national election, 'How can 58 million people be so dumb?'

Dennis McNish

Lake Oswego

Exchange students need host families

World Heritage Student Exchange is seeking local families, couples or single parents (with or without children at home) who are adventurous, fun-loving, responsible and most of all caring.

And who are interested in hosting a high school aged foreign exchange student. By hosting a student from another country, your entire family will discover a world of fun and enlightening adventure. Students who spend a semester or a year in the U.S. are fulfilling a lifetime dream. American culture plays an important role all over the world; the English language is the international language of our times.

Share your home for a year; enjoy a friendship for a lifetime!

To begin this exciting cultural experience, please call Julie Germano, N.W. area coordinator at 1-866-985-4111 or visit our Web site at www.world-heritage.org.

World Heritage is a non-profit tax-exempt public benefit organization. World Heritage is officially designated as an exchange visitor program by the United States Department of State and is fully listed with CSIET.

Julie Germano

N.W. Area Coordinator for World Heritage