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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

  • The idea it's this deal or war is ridiculous

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    Regarding “Hopeful but cautious about Iran nuke deal” (Point of View, April 10): David Boren should stick to the fine job he does as University of Oklahoma president and leave the pontificating of liberal talking points to the pundits. No one is calling for war against Iran. The idea that it’s...

  • Hope isn't foreign policy

    Published: Wed, Apr 15, 2015

    David Boren’s “Hopeful but cautious about Iran nuke deal” (Point of View, April 10) is naive at best. He offers no facts to give any credence to his hope. He merely states history when America held a position of power, along with his personal resume on how he contributed to, for instance, Ronald...

  • Spot on analysis of 'Right to Farm' bill

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Adam Price (Point of View, April 8) was spot on with his analysis of the harmful HJR 1012, the “Right to Farm” bill. This bill only aims to protect big industrial farms and foreign corporations that own farmland in Oklahoma by allowing them to virtually operate without regulation or restriction....

  • Oppose HJR 1012 or pay a high price

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Thank you for publishing the two opinion articles on House Joint Resolution 1012, commonly known as the “Right to Farm” bill (Points of View, April 8). Those who oppose HJR 1012 hit the nail on the head when they point out that the bill would allow large foreign corporations to destroy and...

  • Protect farms from government-destructive policies and agencies

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Does Adam Price (Point of View, April 8) actually believe a government Socialist-type system of farming will work? All a person has to do is look at the government-run farming systems of North Korea, Zimbabwe and the old Soviet Union. There is no way these can or could feed their people. Going...

  • Mullahs won't change

    Published: Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    Regarding “Hopeful but cautious about Iran nuke deal” (Point of View, April 10): After carpet bombing an entire fraternity for the stupidity of a few, now OU President David Boren believes we should play pitty-pat with an evil, sociopathic Iran. All the flowery speeches that he, President Obama...

  • Senseless actions by U.S. government

    Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    The U.S. government is spending taxpayer money supporting Saudi-backed Sunnis killing Iran-backed Houthi at the same time the government supports lifting Iranian sanctions. Shouldn’t taxpayer money promote domestic energy independence rather than Middle East skirmishes? Iran needing nuclear...

  • Nuclear agreement might be the best we can hope for

    Published: Sun, Apr 12, 2015

    The recent agreement with Iran outlining limiting its nuclear program might well be all we can hope for. Verification of Iran adhering to protocols limiting its nuclear program is a strong part of the proposed agreement. Short-sighted Republican senators somehow fail to understand that sanctions...