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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

  • Decide for yourself if humanism is working

    Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    After reading recent letters to Your Views by atheists, I am reminded of the biblical account of Adam and Eve. Contrary to the misconception that Eve gave Adam an apple to eat, the downfall of Adam was rejection of God’s instruction and laws (which lead to peace and happiness). In other words,...

  • Gay marriage is an issue of jurisdiction

    Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    The current deliberation in the U.S. Supreme Court regarding whether individual states should be allowed the autonomy to define marriage appears on the surface to be an issue of gay rights. Instead it’s an issue of jurisdiction, a matter that is intrinsic to the idea of government itself. Who...

  • TIF moratorium in Oklahoma City is warranted

    Published: Sat, May 30, 2015

    While I appreciate “Tax increment financing can help, hurt OKC goals, advocate say” (News, May 23), significant issues need addressed. As practiced in Oklahoma City, the dollar size of our TIFs is on a scale at least equal to MAPS but without the bright light of a public vote, public input,...

  • Keystone XL pipeline claim is inaccurate

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Jerry Parry (Your Views, May 23) wrote that “there will be no Keystone XL pipeline” because Warren Buffett, who is a “booster of Barack Obama,” benefits from oil shipment on the BNSF railroad. Actually, the southern route of the Key-stone XL pipeline has been shipping 830,000 barrels of toxic...

  • Review the Oklahoma Insurance Department budget

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    In “Smaller budget items merit scrutiny of policymakers” (Our Views, May 17), you mention the Oklahoma Insurance Department’s appropriation of $1.7 million as being a budget practice that makes no sense. This is a curious observation in that the department spent more than $13.25 million in...

  • What about Gov. Fallin's withheld emails?

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Regarding numerous references to Hillary Clinton’s refusal to share certain emails and destruction of those messages, does no one else remember that Gov. Mary Fallin did the same thing? Those emails had to do with the governor changing her mind about accepting federal funding to expand health...

  • Check the facts on gun control

    Published: Fri, May 29, 2015

    Regarding “Gun control, national security and Waco” (Point of View, May 20): Professor Traphagan needs to check his facts. Consider that Australia found crime rates went up, not down, when guns were banned. Traphagan should have researched the effects of criminal acts reductions caused by states...

  • Amtrak trains are not going fast enough

    Published: Wed, May 27, 2015

    After the Amtrak crash near Philadelphia, I was shocked that newscasters acted as though 106 miles per hour was fast for a train. The accident occurred on the Northeast Corridor, where the Acela travels those same rails at 140 mph. The accident occurred because the train was going that speed on...