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Library Board could limit children checking out R-rated movies; Smith controversy underscores liberal/conservative divide

Library Board could limit children checking out R-rated movies

Did you know that children and young teenagers can check R-rated movies out of the Wilsonville Library without their parents knowing? The R-rating means that the movies are restricted and should be shown to children under 17 only in the presence of a parent or adult guardian. Currently, children under 17 can also check out movies from the Wilsonville Library that are rated NC-17, which are not to be shown to underage children at all.

There is a proposal before the Wilsonville Library Board to remedy the situation by programming the checkout system to disallow the checking out of such materials by children under age 17. The Board will discuss this proposal at its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 2. Citizens who would like to sit in on this discussion should contact Board Chair Molly Muldoon [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.] to obtain a link for the Zoom connection.

Norman Solomon

Wilsonville

Smith controversy underscores liberal/conservative divide

Reading the latest issue, it seems that Clackamas County Chair-elect Tootie Smith's comments on Governor Brown's Thanksgiving shutdown order have received mostly negative reviews, accusing Tootie of "endangering lives with reckless defiance" of the governor's latest edict on coronavirus.

It seems to me that this controversy merely illustrates the main difference between the liberal and conservative points of view, namely that conservatives like Tootie Smith believe in the individual's right and ability to decide for oneself how to respond to this pandemic, while liberals like Kate Brown want the government to force everyone to do as they are told, regardless of their unique circumstances.

Thankfully, our Constitution, some brave sheriffs, and great leaders like Tootie Smith support our right to make common-sense decisions on how we celebrate our traditional holidays and live our lives in this great country.

Dwight Sims

Wilsonville


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