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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

  • Share the roads with bicylists

    Published: Wed, Oct 15, 2014

    Rude, lawless A carload of senior citizens in a black Lexus at May and Grand recently cut in front of my daughter and me while we were on our bicycles heading to Lake Hefner. We had a right to be on the road. We obeyed the law by being in the westbound lane, while the Lexus driver broke the...

  • Two simple suggestions to lowering Oklahoma's teen birthrate

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Oklahoma has the dubious distinction of having one of the top five teenage birthrates in the United States. Furthermore, we’re working overtime to restrict abortion. If we’re serious about eliminating abortion, we need to make it unnecessary. To make that happen, we must find a way to prevent...

  • Listen to administrators, retain ban on guns on campus

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Regarding “College officials tell lawmakers to retain campus ban on guns” (News, Oct. 9): A classic error made by armies, governments and businesses is a failure of decision makers to communicate with those “in the trenches” who perform the tasks and who must live with policies made by others....

  • State Sen. Connie Johnson's honesty appreciated

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    Kudos to state Sen. Connie Johnson, Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, for her debate with the Republican nominee, U.S. Rep. James Lankford. Johnson clearly articulated her views and where she stands on serious issues. I’m a lifelong conservative. I won’t vote for Johnson, but I appreciate her...

  • What is Oklahoma City doing to meet growing demand on infrastructure?

    Published: Mon, Oct 13, 2014

    I moved to Oklahoma City from Texas several years ago to attend law school and was happy to stay in the growing metro to begin my legal career. I bought a home near SW 104 and have commuted to a job in north Oklahoma City for three years. Most of my daily drive requires the use of Interstate 44....

  • Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt due thanks

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    I hope Kirk Alan Jones (Your Views, Oct. 4) hasn’t been in Western Europe in his 26 years away from Oklahoma. There, everyone expects the government to provide them with most things they need. The results are devastating taxes, slow to negative GDP growth and high levels of unemployment, which...

  • Wake up, America, and smell the bacon!

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Barack Obama says “no boots on the ground.” In other words, the president has announced that although the American military exists to protect this country, under his command the military won’t be used to thwart a horrible and growing threat to America. Neither does Obama allow the NSA, FBI or...

  • Get veterinarians to handle executions

    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Regarding the apparent inability of Oklahoma’s prison system to humanely execute condemned prisoners: Why don’t we hire a couple of local veterinarians? They successfully put animals to sleep on a routine basis without any of them making the headlines for botching a euthanasia.