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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.
  2. Readability. Readers are attracted to short sentences. Avoid using too many numbers and prepositional phrases. Avoid cliches. Follow common rules of punctuation, grammar and spelling.
  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.
  6. Letters written for a class assignment or as part of an organized letter-writing campaign.
  7. Most sports-related letters. (Send these to The Oklahoman's sports editor.)
  8. Letters that have been published elsewhere or letters submitted to other publications.
  9. Letters written in an overly informal style.


REQUIREMENTS

  1. Full name, address, and email. (Your address and e-mail are needed for verification. They will not be published.)
  2. Maximum length of 250 words.
  3. Authors limited to one letter every 28-42 days, depending on volume.
  4. When referring to a news story or previous letter published, cite the headline or letter writer's name and the date of publication.



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

  • Troubling symbols

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

    Troubling symbols The Confederate flag symbolizes an important chapter in American history and is flown beneath the flags of some Southern states. As a symbol of the War Between the States, the question arises, due to recent events, whether its public display by state governments is...

  • No more tears from Gov. Fallin

    Published: Wed, Jul 1, 2015

      Now that the Supreme Court has ruled that the Affordable Care Act is still law, perhaps our governor can stop crying her crocodile tears over the 18,000 Oklahomans who will be disenfranchised from health insurance if Insure Oklahoma goes away, since she apparently didn’t mind about the...

  • Praying for a solution

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

      Regarding “Mental health transport crisis” (News, June 15): We have been fortunate with the police officers we have had the privilege of interacting with over the years. They have been kind and compassionate to our patients. However, mental health patients are the only patients I know...

  • Place Supreme Court justices on the ballot

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    The Supreme Court decision to uphold Obamacare is proof that a lifetime appointment to the court does not prevent judges from ignoring the test to achieve favorable consequences for certain targeted groups. It’s time to amend the Constitution to remove the text for lifetime appointment and add...

  • Gun strategy needed

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

      President Obama called for additional gun control laws following the horrific murders at the church in South Carolina. He specifically addressed the need to control the sale of guns over the Internet and at gun shows. It’s useless rhetoric! This may be something we should look at, but...

  • Fix Obamacare in a bipartisan manner

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    A GOP opportunity The Republican Party should be pleased with the Supreme Court’s affirmation of Obamacare. If the opposite had happened, the party would be blamed for millions of people off the insurance roles. Secondly, the party now has an opportunity do something great for our country. For...

  • We are glad to have Obamacare

    Published: Mon, Jun 29, 2015

    If it weren’t for Obamacare, our son-in-law would be dead of cancer. Two years ago he got a new job with an excellent health insurance plan. But he had a pre-existing condition: a lump in his throat. Physicians at OU Medical Center diagnosed him with Stage 4 throat cancer. Under Obamacare, the...

  • Assign disruptive students to military-type classroom

    Published: Sun, Jun 28, 2015

    As a former teacher, I understand how difficult it is to attempt to teach students while faced with undisciplined, unruly students in the classroom. However I agree with Oklahoma City Superintendent Rob Neu that suspending students isn’t the answer. The streets are no place for an unsupervised,...