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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

  • Pointing arrows is very offensive

    Updated: Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    What’s next? I’ve been following the coverage about removing the Redskins name for Capitol Hill High School’s mascot. The cost could run an estimated $250,000. I wonder if the school district will ask alumni to chip in on the cost, as they did on the improvements around the school. Now to the...

  • Federal government needs extreme makeover

    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    The federal government has become a hoarder. It hoards power and taxes and fees. There will never be enough money nor power and the federal government just keeps expanding and grabbing with no true accountability of where our hard-earned money is spent or how inefficient their bureaucracies have...

  • Try switching names of teams to “Blackskins,” “Brownskins” or even “Whiteskins”

    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Stewart Terbush (Your Views, Jan. 14.) cited military equipment being given names such as Tomahawk, Apache, Kiowa Warrior and Lakota, plus the use of the code name “Geronimo” for the mission to find Osama bin Laden. Terbush seems unable to distinguish between proper names and mascot names. Any...

  • Be more sensitive to people of faith

    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    While I don’t condone the violence in Paris, the people of the free world should consider how people of faith feel when their god or his representatives are being mocked or caricatured or otherwise held up to ridicule in the popular media. This must feel like a knife in their hearts. Perhaps the...

  • Wind energy company shows contempt for Osage County tallgrass prairie

    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    The U.S. attorney’s office in Tulsa has filed suit against the Italian wind energy giant Enel. The court was asked to order Enel to tear down illegal wind turbines constructed on more than 8,000 acres of pristine Osage County tallgrass prairie. The Osage Tribe, Osage County cattlemen, the Nature...

  • Pastors show wrong focus with hoodies event

    Published: Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Regarding “Congregations show support for hoodies” (News, Jan. 20): The Rev. Semaj Vanzant is quoted as saying, “We wear hoodies to say we will not tolerate external judgment.” Nearly every night on TV news programs, we see photos of hooded criminals robbing banks, food markets, gas stations....

  • Serious mistakes made in death at McClain County jail

    Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    Regarding “McClain County inmate’s death prompts lawsuit” (News Jan. 18): I read with shock and amazement about the wrongful death suit involving Kory Wilson after he was denied insulin for hyperglycemia resulting from his Type I diabetes. As a health care provider, it was immediately obvious to...

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy works

    Published: Sat, Jan 24, 2015

    HBOT works “Oklahoma veterans with brain injuries seek out hyperbaric treatments” (News, Jan. 18) reported that “Department of Defense experts and others say no strong evidence exists” for veterans’ improvements from hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT). Yet brain scans have been published from...