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With the renewal of the Linn County law enforcement levy around the corner, I am compelled to write.

I have been trying to accept my fate with my first-ever traffic ticket in 50 years of driving. No crashes, speeding, nothing: a spotless record. I was on Walnut, in Corvallis, a month earlier and missed where the speed goes from 35 to 25, and then back up to 35 mph, across Highway 99. I was clocked at 40 mph.

The DH Public Safety Log, on Saturday, April 21, read: ''A Harsher Punishment.'' As I read the clip, I was astounded by the unfairness of my ticket. A juvenile, who was speeding 81 in a 55 mph zone, was not ticketed! Quote: ''The Linn County Deputy contacted the youth's mother who said, her punishment would be much more effective than a ticket?!" Really? ''The juvenile received a written warning and was ordered to see his mother!''

Wow! I told the Corvallis policeman who stopped me that I am an extremely law-abiding person. I now feel that with a clean record of 50 years of absolutely no violations, if anyone were to be offered a bit of ''grace,'' it should have been me, not a young person who was 26 miles over the limit!

Our Linn County sheriff, who offered such a deal, should be questioned for supporting such inconsistency in our laws.

E.M. Asleson

Albany (May 6)

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