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WHAT WE LOOK FOR

  1. Brevity and focus. Cover your topic in the fewest possible words. Get to your main point quickly. Stay focused on your key points.
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  4. Fairness. Make your points on the merits rather than emotion. Avoid disparaging a group of people based solely on the actions of one member of that group.

WHAT WE DON'T PUBLISH

  1. Poetry or rhyme in any form.
  2. Most consumer complaints.
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  5. "Open" letters to government officials.
  6. Letters written for a class assignment or as part of an organized letter-writing campaign.
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  9. Letters written in an overly informal style.


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  1. Full name, address, and email. (Your address and e-mail are needed for verification. They will not be published.)
  2. Maximum length of 250 words.
  3. Authors limited to one letter every 28-42 days, depending on volume.
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WHY WE EDIT LETTERS

Editing is done for the benefit of our readers. We make every attempt to preserve the writer's essential meaning. Editing for length allows us to accept a greater number of letters. Letters most likely to be edited are those that are twice as long as needed to make a point and those that try to make too many points.

Your Views

  • A new model for education?

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    A better way Regarding Michael Gerson’s “Rand Paul’s bogus outreach” (Commentary, Aug. 20): Perhaps one way for Republicans to reach out to the African-American community, while helping the white and Hispanic communities as well, would be to adopt an educational concept employed by many other...

  • Driving away teachers will cost Oklahoma

    Published: Wed, Aug 27, 2014

    An Oklahoma State School Boards Association survey found an alarming shortage of 800 certified teachers in Oklahoma classrooms. More than half the districts responding to the survey are requesting emergency certification for teachers outside their certification areas; about half of the districts...

  • Kudos for OU's swift and strong response

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Kudos to University of Oklahoma football coach Bob Stoops, Athletic Director Joe Castiglione and President David Boren for a swift and strong response to one of their star recruit’s wholly inappropriate off-field behavior. Rather than taking the unjustified traditional approach of “Let’s wait...

  • A laughable excuse for hitting a woman

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    My thanks to Steven E. Morris (Your Views, Aug. 20) for holding the door and giving up a parking space for women. We all know that these two things are the ultimate way to show respect. I was taught that these are polite actions to do for anyone, regardless of gender. It’s unfortunate that Joe...

  • The most racist, political federal agency in U.S. history

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    The current U.S. Department of Justice is the most racist and political federal agency in the history of this country. It started its tenure by refusing to prosecute the New Black Panther thugs who intimidated voters in Pennsylvania in the previous national election, although the case had been...

  • Being bilingual has profound effect

    Published: Sun, Aug 24, 2014

    Reading “Language debate one of many issues dividing Americans” (Our Views, Aug. 18) led me to recall an article I read in the March 17, 2012, issue of the New York Times Sunday Review titled “Why Bilinguals are Smarter.” The article begins, “Speaking two languages rather than just one has...

  • It's time to outlaw texting behind the wheel

    Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    Whenever the subject of a law against texting while driving comes up, people I talk with seem to have two reactions: “What? It’s not against the law now?” and “Why not?” Oklahoma is one of six states with no law banning texting while driving. You would think passing a law making such risky...

  • Play matters for all kids

    Published: Sat, Aug 23, 2014

    Play’s the thing A major barrier to healthy development among children — especially those impacted by natural disasters — is toxic stress. Feeling protected and secure by having a safe place of shelter, clean water, food and a caring environment are essential to helping children grow into...