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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

  • Rep. Sally Kern uses her bully pulpit

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Oklahoma has many issues facing it today. Budget shortfalls, due to a drop in energy prices. A continuing public education black eye. Water woes due to drought and increasing population. DHS, painkillers, prisons, etc. All of these need the full attention of our elected representatives. It’s a...

  • Toss this 'gay conversion' legislation

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Toss this legislation I’m not gay or lesbian, and I don’t have children or grandchildren who are gay or lesbian. What I am is furious! The “conversion” bill now before Oklahoma legislators smacks of the eugenics one of our foes in World War II practiced. I’m offended by this bill and offended...

  • Conversion therapy is mental torture.

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Regarding “Gay conversion therapy bill clears Oklahoma House panel” (News, Feb. 25): We eagerly await bills that protect physicians who apply leeches and psychiatrists who cast out demons. At least we should give thanks that some bleeding heart removed language about physical conditioning, which...

  • Bill makes us laughingstock of the nation

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    So-called conversion therapy for gay and lesbian boys and girls is nothing less than child abuse. To elevate and protect in state law the misdeeds of the quacks and grifters who practice it is the vilest use of the public trust. It is a “therapy” not endorsed by any legitimate medical...

  • GOP candidates should some courage

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said recently that, “I do not believe that the president loves America.” There will always be attention seekers on the fringe of both political parties who make outrageous statements. But does any person in their sane mind really believe President Obama...

  • Get Article V started!

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    It’s time to rein in the federal government, which has grown too big, too powerful and far too expensive. Our Founding Fathers wisely foresaw that this could happen, and wrote into our Constitution a remedy: Article V, which sets forth the two processes for amending the Constitution: “The...

  • Smoker says cigarette tax should be raised

    Published: Sat, Feb 28, 2015

    State Rep. Doug Cox (Point of View, Feb. 25) wants to raise the tax on cigarettes. I say “Do it,” and I smoke. People should pay for the choices they make. I paid more for health insurance in Washington state because I smoked, and I accepted that. When that state raised taxes on cigarettes to...

  • Oklahoma should join effort in limiting power of federal government

    Published: Fri, Feb 27, 2015

    Ten states have taken the first step toward limiting the power of the federal government. Officials from Arizona, Massachusetts, Missouri, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia and Wyoming have filed resolutions calling for a convention of states. These...