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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

  • Consolidation would create more money for teacher salaries

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Once again I’m hearing the call for teacher pay raises. I support raises for teachers, but there’s already more than enough money to increase pay without additional money being earmarked for education. Public education already gets approximately 50 percent of the state budget. So how do teachers...

  • Gruber's testimony a waste of time

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Jonathan Gruber must think we’re are still stupid if he thinks we believe his testimony before the a U.S. House committee. He could have saved a lot of time by simply taking the Fifth instead of giving all his nonanswers to most of the questions.

  • MAPS' streetcar system is absurd waste of money

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    I’ve seen a lot of positives from the efforts of the MAPS program. The plan to build a streetcar system isn’t one of them. We’re going to spend money to tear up streets to place the tracks, money to add the infrastructure to place overhead cables to run the things and send money overseas to buy...

  • Use American Indian advertising funds to complete cultural center

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Every time I see an American Indian tribe’s TV commercial espousing how great the tribe is but (unlike other commercials) not selling anything, I’m reminded of the funding needs of the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.

  • Media's double standard with environmental lobby

    Published: Sun, Dec 14, 2014

    Regarding “Attorney general denies ‘secretive alliance’” (News, Dec. 9): The interesting thing about the New York Times article describing cooperation between Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the oil industry is that in one short paragraph it was recognized that the environmental lobby...

  • Paving over the truth on school program

    Published: Sat, Dec 13, 2014

    Paving over the truth George Will’s “Another case for term limits” (Commentary, Dec. 4) unfairly classifies the Safe Routes to School Program as a wasteful use of federal funds distributed by entrenched incumbents that should be term limited. Regardless of how you feel about term limits, this...

  • Mature response is the real answer

    Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Regarding “Some Capitol Hill students, alumni express hurt, anger after mascot ban” (News, Dec. 10): I want to compliment Juanita Freeman, a full-blooded American Indian, for saying that she’s not offended by the name “Redskins.” Why should she be offended? Freeman asked. “I am mature enough in...

  • We will remain Proud Redskins!

    Published: Fri, Dec 12, 2014

    Regarding “Some Capitol Hill students, alumni express hurt, anger after mascot ban” (News, Dec. 10): With all the pressing needs of the school system as pointed out by the new superintendent, one would think that school board members would have more important matters to tend to than stripping...