Give people benefit of the doubt in theater

To the editor:

People please, chill out at the movie theater. Three friends and I (all over the age of 60) went to the Wilsonville movie theater yesterday to enjoy an afternoon movie and good company.

Friend G arrived just as the movie was starting. She sat down, reached into her purse and took out her phone to turn the sound off. Unfortunately, it had already been off so she inadvertently turned it back on.

You guessed it, about an hour into the movie her phone rang. One ring. She was able to retrieve it from her purse and turn it off in one ring. Yet the man sitting down from us proceeded to yell at her about it, making more commotion than the phone did.

As soon as the movie ended another man from several rows down approached and began yelling at us about it. She wasn't talking, she wasn't texting, she just made a mistake. Can't we please be just a tiny bit more tolerant of a mistake?

The only thing you might have missed in that movie was Julia Roberts and Meryl Streep using the f-word three more times each in the space of that five second phone interruption. The movie was mostly attended by people that were raised in gentler generation, but it sure didn't seem so when being yelled by grown men. Kindness and forgiveness go a long, long way.

Linda Smith


Canby Police officer was doing his job

To the editor:

Thank goodness a Canby Police officer does not think it frivolous to ticket a person driving almost 70 mph in a posted 55 mph speed zone.

Crime is crime whether is is inside or outside the city limits. I applaud the officer for doing exactly what he is supposed to do.

Judith Klemstein


Don’t want a ticket? Don’t speed — anywhere

To the editor:

It takes a spark of arrogance to assume that speed limits are established for "other people." When someone is going 67 mph in a 55 mph zone, they are breaking the law.

What would be an appropriate speed for which to ticket a friend of Glenn Lenhardt who was caught speeding?

A.) 25 mph over

B.) 30 mph over

C.) 100 mph over, but only if you are riding with Justin Bieber.

D.) It doesn't matter.

They should ask if I am Glenn's friend and if so, apologize for pulling me over and wasting my time because I am not one of the "other people."

Camille Kozlowski


Stop whining about police doing their job

To the editor:

I was shocked to read last week’s letter about a man obviously breaking the speed limit by a good amount and his friend trying to throw the police department under the bus.

The truth is, the city limits do not limit a police officer from performing his or her sworn duty. This isn’t 1889 New Mexico territory where if you make it out of the territory you can’t be touched. The police are here to enforce the law and are well within their rights to nail a guy exceeding the speed limit by nearly 15 mph.

It’s like the old line “Why don’t you go out and catch a real criminal” that people spout to police when they are irritated by them at a traffic stop. Well, guess what, speeding makes you a real criminal in the eyes of the law. You do the crime, you pay the price.

Whining about it just seems – juvenile. Man up and take the medicine you earned.

Craig Whitesell


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