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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

  • Abominable, contagious insanity is infecting nearly everyone in Washington

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Contagious insanity Eric Harley of Red Eye Radio has quoted research showing that if you compare federal spending and debt to an individual making $26,000 per year, that person would be spending $33,000 to $36,000 per year.

  • Muslims need more peaceful presentations

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Locally it would seem that, once again, a Muslim defense is an aggressive offense. Instead of saying to the community something like, “We do not embrace the same beliefs as people who kill in the name of Allah or we condemn those who kill, rape and murder in Allah’s name,” Muslim leaders call a...

  • 'Social justice groups' are squelching public inquiry and debate on Islam

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    State Rep. John Bennett evidently framed an opinion about dealing with American Muslims that raised the hackles of a number of “social justice groups.” His approach seemed to center on being wary of individuals who are believers in the Islamic belief system (rather than to focus on the belief...

  • Muslims show tepid response to gruesome terrorist acts

    Published: Mon, Sep 22, 2014

    Regarding “Muslims protest legislator’s criticism of their faith” (News, Sept. 17): The main problem that state Rep. John Bennett and other Americans have with CAIR and other so-called moderate Muslim organizations is their tepid response to even the most gruesome terrorist acts and the verbal...

  • The real hypocrisy on ID laws

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    Regarding “REAL ID law may complicate travel for Oklahoma driver’s license holders” (News, Sep. 14): I find it amusing that state Rep. Jerry McPeak, D-Warner, is accusing some of being hypocritical because they’re against the federal law concerning enhanced driver’s licenses and for the voter ID...

  • If America hasn't learned from its failed military missions, our future looks bleak

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    The philosopher George Santayana famously said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” If America hasn’t learned from its failed missions in Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan that military might can’t and won’t install democracy, then our future looks bleak indeed. We’ve...

  • Military response to ISIS threat justified

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    We recently memorialized another 9/11. The 2001 attack caused the death of nearly 3,000 U.S. citizens and required that we respond with military action in Iraq and Afghanistan. The beheading of two journalists is just as much reason for a military response. Whether the response to ISIS is called...

  • Adrian Peterson has seen the light

    Published: Sun, Sep 21, 2014

    How much must a person suffer to be corrected for his mistakes? Adrian Peterson has admitted his mistakes with his sons. Peterson was raised with a switch used on him. I was raised with a razor strop. I used the strop on one of my daughters only once and decided it was too rash of a punishment...