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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

  • GOP's propaganda campaign

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    Regarding “Both sides due criticism in Oklahoma-Islam flap” (Our Views, Sept. 21): The suggestion that CAIR should be more focused on “deadly violence in the Middle East” is nonsensical. The A in CAIR stands for “American.” CAIR is a civil rights organization serving Muslims in America. It’s not...

  • Reassuring and comforting

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    The outcry of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) against ISIS is reassuring and comforting. I can attest that many Muslims who are American citizens embrace our Constitution and mores. Yes, it’s frustrating to read and hear about radical Muslims around the world invoking terror on...

  • Government's action is crime in itself

    Published: Sat, Sep 27, 2014

    A crime in itself The main message I took from reading “OKC landlord is ‘stuck in the middle’ over police raid damage” (News, Sept. 21) is that government can destroy an innocent person’s personal property at will without paying compensation. This is not only wrong, but a crime in itself....

  • God has revealed himself with hundreds of fulfilled prophesies

    Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Robert K. Stock (Your Views, Sept. 20) contends that unless God “can be measured and tested under controlled situations,” it logically “disproves the existence of God.” How is it logical for Stock or anyone to even presume he could control, measure and test God? Stock further claims there is “no...

  • Love can't be measured

    Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Robert K. Stock (Your Views, Sept. 20) believes that a thing exists only if it can be measured and tested under controlled conditions. Does Stock believe in love, fear, anger or mercy? None of these can be tested or measured. Does Stock know that some people are allergic to penicillin and some...

  • Sometimes we can't know what we don't know

    Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Robert K. Stock’s remarks (Your Views, Sept. 20) on the negative reactions of many Oklahomans to the “black mass” at the Civic Center, and his patent dismissal of faith-driven activities (not empirically substantiated, including God, Satan, et al) seems to show that he has a faith — but only in...

  • Wiser and safer way to live

    Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    Robert K. Stock (Your Views, Sept. 20) closed his letter by writing, “Make the most of your life on this planet. It’s all we have. There is no evidence of anything else.” The following quote from Albert Camus, winner of the 1957 Nobel Prize for Literature, offers a much wiser and safer point of...

  • He conquered the grave and death

    Updated: Thu, Sep 25, 2014

    After reading the letter by Robert K. Stock (Your Views, Sept. 20), I was left inspired by the extent of faith in his assertions. Empiricists such as Stock quickly affirm the existence of an effect while at the same time discounting, ignoring and denying the cause (creator) of the effect. How...