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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

  • Another boondoggle by bunch of white men

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Sandy Ditto (Your Views, Jan. 31) suggested letting Indian tribes foot the bill to finish the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum. The museum is not an Indian tribes project. It was started by the state and belongs to the taxpayers. The state thought it could make money off the Indian...

  • College education is hardly a waste

    Published: Sun, Feb 7, 2016

    Bill Walker (Your Views, Jan. 29) states that more than half of our tax dollars devoted to higher education are wasted and produce nothing of value, because only 23 percent of students get a degree in four years. It took me 16 years to get my bachelor's degree, and another four for my master's....

  • Explaining Bernie Sanders' support

    Updated: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    David Deming (Point of View, Jan. 30) claims that the enthusiasm of young people for Bernie Sanders is the result of failing to educate them. There certainly are many failures in our society, and education is indeed one of them. Once truly mainly for entry-level teenagers before many good jobs...

  • Sanders' views are on the right track

    Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    Views on the right track As an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma College of Arts and Sciences, I was disappointed by professor David Deming's “Youths behind Sanders show education failure” (Point of View, Jan. 30). It misrepresented Sen. Bernie Sanders' views and unfairly attacked American...

  • Norman North wrestlers rape case shows callousness

    Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    The horror I felt as I read “4 Norman North wrestlers are charged with rape” (News, Feb. 2) overwhelmed me. I cannot imagine how anyone would feel it was OK, or even have this cross their minds, to do this to two young boys. I wonder where the coaches were during this? Why did this seem an...

  • Solar farm is an exciting development

    Published: Sat, Feb 6, 2016

    I recently had an opportunity to drive past the new OG&E solar farm in Mustang. As a lifelong Oklahoman, I'm excited to see solar energy make its debut. We should all support Oklahoma's homegrown energy sources — wind, solar and natural gas. The more diversity we have in our energy mix,...

  • Good grief! More immediate problems than taking Andrew Jackson off $20 bill

    Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Regarding “Presidential veto: Lankford wants Jackson off the $20 bill for Indian removal” (News, Jan. 30): It's reassuring that Republican U.S. Sen. James Lankford is expending political capital by tackling the big issue of today of removing Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill, instead of focusing...

  • More pressing concerns for Lankford

    Published: Fri, Feb 5, 2016

    Regarding “Presidential veto: Lankford wants Jackson off the $20 bill for Indian removal” (News, Jan. 30): As a conservative, I voted for James Lankford and have supported Tom Cole for years, but I must say this article typifies the problems we have with Washington politicians. It reflects...