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WHAT WE LOOK FOR

  1. Brevity and focus. Cover your topic in the fewest possible words. Get to your main point quickly. Stay focused on your key points.
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  4. Fairness. Make your points on the merits rather than emotion. Avoid disparaging a group of people based solely on the actions of one member of that group.

WHAT WE DON'T PUBLISH

  1. Poetry or rhyme in any form.
  2. Most consumer complaints.
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  4. Most "thank you" letters.
  5. "Open" letters to government officials.
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  2. Maximum length of 250 words.
  3. Authors limited to one letter every 28-42 days, depending on volume.
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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

  • Eat, run and give through NSO Hungryman race

    Published: Mon, Apr 14, 2014

    Eat, run, give Imagine having to choose between paying your rent or getting your car repaired so you can continue going to work. Paying for your car could mean your family is evicted; paying your rent means losing your only means of getting to work and making a living. Unfortunately, this is a...

  • EPA is forcing us all into a box

    Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    I'm worried for small businesses, the backbone of our economy. We've just emerged from a very cold winter during which utility bills were off-the-charts expensive. I was watching my pennies to make it through. I know firsthand many small-business owners were as well. Troublesome is the thought...

  • Reckless doctors inflict death, damage and carnage on patients

    Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    My thanks to Oklahoma Watch and The Oklahoman for the extensive articles on April 6 regarding abuse of doctor-issued prescriptions. As the articles make clear, influenza pales in comparison to the death, damage and carnage inflicted upon patients by reckless, thoughtless doctors. There is no...

  • President Obama's layer of lies

    Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    President Barack Obama has constantly misled the American people, starting with his first initiative, the stimulus package. It was supposed to be about shovel ready projects that weren’t as shovel ready as he said. He laughed about this later. He lied to right-to-life moderate Democrats in the...

  • Thanking great doctors, nurses and others at VA Hospital

    Published: Sun, Apr 13, 2014

    ‘He put down his mop’ I’m a World War II veteran who’s used the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City many times. Every one of the hundreds of people I’ve come in contact with there has been very professional. The doctors were knowledgeable and the nurses, aides and receptionists I’ve met...

  • Murderers lost their 'right' to complain

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Recently I’ve heard and seen news from inmates on death row stating that the way the state of Oklahoma kills its prisoners violates their human rights and could be considered cruel and unusual punishment. This is based on a recent execution where the inmate endured pain and seizures, allegedly...

  • Differences from schools in Scotland and U.S.

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    I have four grandchildren attending a primary school in Scotland. I’d like to share email comments from my son-in-law regarding some of their recent school activities: “Today we attended the end-of-term Easter service at Canongate Primary. There were gospel songs, two Bible readings, prayer...

  • Modern robber barons

    Published: Sat, Apr 12, 2014

    Regarding Dave Bond’s “Increasing drilling tax misguided, unnecessary” (Point of Views, April 6): The oil industry isn’t willing to pay a 7 percent tax on oil and gas removed by horizontal drilling. Once again the profiteers are stripping the state of natural resources and underpaying...