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Local rower competes in Tokyo

Editor,

18-year-old Portlander and rower, David Edington earned a spot on the U.S. National Rowing Junior Championship team recently, and competed in Tokyo August 7-11.

Edington, who THE BEE recently profiled, has been with Rose City Rowing Club in Sellwood for six years – the last three on a varsity team. He is a recent graduate of Catlin Gabel High School, and earned a National Merit Scholarship and will be attending and rowing for Dartmouth in the fall.

Rose City Rowing Club sent a couple of athletes to the National Championships in 2015 and 2016, but Edington is the first rower to compete on the team since then. He competed in a "pairs" event with another rower from Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Patti Atkins

Via e-mail

Youthful entrepreneurship in Sellwood

Editor,

I'm writing about two brothers, Reuben and Ezra Cohen, who have the true entrepreneur spirit. At the July Sellwood Music in the Park events they were selling organic chocolate chip cookies. They told me they have some other selling projects they are doing at other events. Loved their smiles, confidence and ideas.

Tina Rea

"Shiatsu for Health"

Sellwood

Eastmoreland Historic District application

Editor,

In your June issue, Aaron Malone, an advocate for "Keep Eastmoreland Free (KEF)", addressed Southeast Portland neighborhoods in a letter to the editor filled with all too familiar bile and inaccuracies in his attack on the Historic District nomination process.

Without basis or specifics Malone makes the novel and dark claim that "stolen resources" were used to fund the nomination. If anything were stolen in this effort, it was two years of neighborhood volunteer time and resources, needed to counter and track numerous spurious and ongoing lawsuits filed by KEF, and the backroom political shenanigans used to politicize and delay action at the state level.

The writer, repeating a false KEF trope, claims that forming an Historic District equates to "redlining" and racial segregation in Portland. Historic Districts have no effect on "redlining" – the willingness of banks to provide loans to residents in, or out of, such districts. Historic Districts have no bias with regard to any race, except the race to speculate, and to demolish history – and, too often, demolish our most affordable housing. The greatest threat to racial integration at present is the advance of demolition and displacement caused by the random densification policies posed by the Residential Infill Project, and now by HB2001.

Finally, Malone's claim that the majority of residents in the neighborhood don't want the Historic District appears to be a refusal to accept the court decision rejecting the inclusion of KEF's 5,000 irregular "objection trusts". He expands this thought, asserting that a portion of the neighborhood excluded from the district was the result of gerrymandering [to affect] opposition votes. Actually, properties in all areas of the neighborhood were inventoried. The decision to exclude an area was made reluctantly, and only on the basis that historically contributing properties there were too few and too dispersed to justify inclusion.

It is my hope that this [response] leaves your readers better informed about the issues raised by opponents of the Eastmoreland Historic District, and more thoughtful about how our city should address issues of affordability, growth, and the protection of our history.

Rod Merrick, AIA NCARB

Eastmoreland

Attention knitters and crocheters

Editor,

As the days grow shorter and the nights grow cooler, we of the All Saints Episcopal Church Psalm 139 Prayer Shawl Ministry [in Woodstock] invite anyone in Inner Southeast to join us in making hats and/or scarves for those in need. On November 23, we plan to give each of our "Saturday Hot Meal" guests a hand knitted or crocheted hat and scarf. This project is a good way to use your yarn scraps and, with the colder weather upon us, help someone less fortunate. There is a greater need for masculine colors than feminine colors. Because of your generosity in previous years, we have been able each year to meet our goal of 125 hats and scarves. Please help us again this year. You may drop your hats and/or scarves in the basket located in the church office, 4033 S.E. Woodstock Boulevard. Office hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, 9:30 until 1:30, and Wednesday from 9 until 11.

If you would like to use some of our yarn, or for more information, please call Cris, our Administrative Assistant at 503/777-3829, during office hours. Our thanks to all of you knitters and crocheters!

Bev Curtis via e-mail

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