I am a law-abiding, replanted East Coaster who has hit the limit with MAX encounters and enforcement.

I am generally one who thinks there is not enough of the latter, but on my first MAX ride in many months - avoiding the MAX intentionally, after nearly being shot in a gang-related altercation at Gateway - I was cornered by a ticket checker regarding fare between Beaverton and Willow Creek.

May I assure you that paying fare - even twice, if proof of payment is missing - is not an issue for me. I will assert that when broken machines prevent me from paying my fare, that has peeved me. I was treated like a caught criminal, like every scary MAX rider I've ever encountered, only they were never caught and treated like I was.

Why is this city so ignorant about the importance of protecting its law-abiding, fare-paying passengers? Since when is risking the lives of your patrons progressive and forward-thinking?

You want to be a first-rate city? Treat first-rate citizens accordingly and protect your law-abiding riders. Not only would they be loyal, they would also be faithful, ethical payers in your system.

Stella Malia Chang

Southwest Portland

Tribune does its part to speed up dementia

Puzzled? It seems to me that your decision to no longer include the puzzles is an indicator of your lack of understanding of human nature, and ignorance as to why puzzles are in every viable form of media nowadays.

A simple answer is that the first puzzle jogs your memory and the second helps you to look carefully at differences in a visionary picture. The crossword then increases your word power, while the next two puzzles draw on various skill sets, including a symbol exchange and a play on words.

Finally, the numbers puzzle refines your computation skills and allows you to problem-solve.

So what are you going to replace the puzzles with - more past events, tart commentary and exposing of the ills of our community? The public does have a right to know, but we also have the right to grow, problem-solve, laugh, ponder, escape and look forward to something each week.

Do you suppose that, possibly, you're accelerating dementia in the population? If I can't gain confidence in simple problem-solving, how do you expect me to solve all the other issues you want to bring to my attention?

Robert DentSmith

Southeast Portland

Missing Cryptoquip is its own puzzle

I looked forward to doing the Cryptoquip in the Tribune every Tuesday and Friday. First the puzzle was dropped, then brought back and printed so tiny I had to use a magnifying glass. Now, it has been eradicated.

I am a conservationist, but I don't believe that saving paper was the reason for taking the puzzles away.

Amy Robinson

Southeast Portland

Is Dwight Jaynes getting happy at last?

I am so glad Dwight Jaynes is finally not spending his whole life being negative where the Blazers are concerned. I used to read him in The Oregonian and disagreed with him almost daily; all he ever seemed to do was rag on the Blazers.

Now they are becoming an excellent young team with lots of great character and talent, and the best part is they will only get better. What are you going to write about now, Dwight?

Ed Lathrop

Battle Ground, Wash.

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