Me and the kokanee are swimming a little easier now that the EPA has decreed the Lake free of the herbicide Agent Orange. But I did — mid-backstroke — overhear Mama Merganser remark to her handsome drake: “Now if we could just get rid of those loud, leaky, loathsome power boats and jet skis ...” Her clutch of chicks peeped up in agreement. “And would it kill the two-leggeds to pack out their litter?” queried a passing osprey.

Perhaps in 2020, in lieu of Shaking the Lake, we might consider Giving it a Break. Wouldn’t the Fairgrounds — with its spectator seating and copious parking — be a better venue anyway? Added bonus: the fire brigade is mere minutes away.

C. M. Sterbentz

Enterprise, Oregon

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