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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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  3. Timeliness. Send your letter while the topic is timely, but not so quickly that you don't review what you have written before sending the letter.
  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.
  3. Form letters or generic Web site letters.
  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

  • The drug did what it was supposed to do

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Regarding “After 9-month delay, state executes killer” ((News, Jan. 16): Madeline Cohen, an attorney for Charles Frederick Warner, said midazolam is an unreliable drug for lethal injections. Wrong. Warner died. The drug did exactly what it was supposed to do. This was an execution. I lost no...

  • Condiment conundrum

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    While eating a sandwich and reading about the Capitol Hill High School mascot fuss, it occurred to me I had spread my bread with Red Boy mustard. That’s right. Red Boy. There on the label he stands, with his bow drawn, a way-too-narrow loincloth and two feathers that look way too much like...

  • Bills distract voters from real problems

    Published: Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Legislation has been filed to eliminate marriage licenses issued by the state, a measure aimed at same-sex marriages. Three other bills would prohibit state funds for being used to license or promote same-sex marriage, to free parents to do conversion therapy on gay children and to protect the...

  • Christian worldview actually matches reality

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Reality doesn’t agree with Michael Barnett (Your Views, Jan. 21) when he says that religion is “a means by which dominant and deviant personalities impose their ways of thinking upon the masses” and “is responsible for most of the world’s problems.” What about Hitler and the Nazis, or Trotsky,...

  • How will two years of free college work?

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Barack Obama has come up with the brilliant idea of giving everybody two free years of college education. I wonder why those 43 previous presidents didn’t think of that. They were probably busy trying to figure out how to protect this country or something like that. I’m still not sure how this...

  • I'll take 'religion'

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    In response to Michael Barnett (Your Views, Jan. 21): A practical definition of religion is “a set of beliefs concerning the cause, nature and purpose of the universe.” Therefore, atheism is a religion whose adherents “believe” there’s no “First Cause” or God. Certainly Nietzsche would support...

  • Notice the irony in State of Union address

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    In his State of the Union address, Barack Obama said one thing that summarizes his “State of the Presidency.” He said he’d do what his oath of office demands that he to do. He would continue to do what he thinks is best for America. Anyone notice the irony here? Unfortunately, his oath of...

  • Rep. John Bennett is a modern-day Paul Revere

    Published: Wed, Jan 28, 2015

    Like Paul Revere State Rep. John Bennett is a modern-day Paul Revere who proclaims, “The Muslims are coming!” Bennett is correct, as America (like France, England and Belgium) is a destination for thousands of Muslims. Some of them want Sharia law to change America. Sharia is the law in many...