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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 They will not be published.)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

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    Published: Sun, Oct 12, 2014

    Epidemic proportions For just a second, close your eyes and think of someone you love with all your heart. It may be a son or daughter, husband or wife — someone you love with every fiber of your being. Now think of your loved one killed by something so ridiculous as a person texting while...

  • Security not a priority with Obama administration

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    It’s becoming more apparent that the security of Americans isn’t a priority with the Obama administration. The president and the Department of Homeland Security are guided by politics and political correctness first and foremost. Two glaring examples are the unsecured border with one of the most...

  • Oklahoma cities obtain revenue through 'popular land grab'

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Cities in Oklahoma are obtaining sales tax and other revenue for expenses and possible unnecessary increases in spending through the popular land grab under the guise of “economic development,” “urban renewal” and “tax increment financing.” The Legislature, assisted by powerful city lobbies, has...

  • 11-year-old boy hasn't been taught cursive writing

    Published: Sat, Oct 11, 2014

    Can’t read cursive My husband and I recently attended a grandson’s 11th birthday party. He’s a good student, as are most of his friends who were in attendance. Imagine my surprise when we found out while he was opening birthday cards that he can’t read cursive. None of his friends could read...

  • Justices' primary allegiance is to the Constitution

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Gov. Mary Fallin reacted to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriages by saying, “The will of the people has now been overridden.” Those who wrote and approved the Constitution intentionally set the judicial branch apart from the elected representatives with the express objective of...

  • The only yardstick for determining validity of marriage

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    An amazing thing happened on Monday, something I never thought would happen in Oklahoma in my lifetime: Same-sex marriage became a reality for the Sooner State. I’m in the minority of Oklahomans in my support for this. Gov. Mary Fallin said the will of the people had been overridden. Similar...

  • Thanks, but not thanks, to forcing gay marriage on us

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Regarding “Same-sex marriage is legal in Oklahoma” (News, Oct. 7): In 2004 the people of Oklahoma voted overwhelmingly not to recognize same-sex marriages — 76 percent were against such marriages. Very few issues have been decided by such a large margin. However, unelected judges have now told...

  • Federal laws are generally paramount

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Regarding the same-sex marriage ruling, the Constitution established the Supreme Court and gave it the power to review state court decisions in which federal law is at issue. This established that federal judicial power would be superior to that of the states. Presidents nominate Supreme Court...