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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

  • Country is on weak financial footing

    Published: Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Regarding “Cole says cost of new war is uncertain” (News, Oct. 5): Although the new war’s cost may not be accurately predicted, how about using cost controls to minimize that cost? I tend to ignore cost when it comes to the safety of our troops, as we did when jeeps were replaced with armored...

  • Football is just a game!

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Regarding “Meeker football team, fans push on” (News, Oct. 5): The Oklahoman devoted considerable space to the Meeker team and townspeople and their deep depression over having 22 players suspended, most of them for just one game, because of a bench-clearing brawl. Apparently the folks at...

  • Radicals seek religious domination

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    We live in a society free of Islamic rule, but if Tom R. Stephenson (Your Views, Sept. 29) had an opportunity to live in a country or society governed by Islamic rule, and he openly professed Christianity there, he would experience something far more offensive than the comments made about Islam...

  • Science supports fracking

    Published: Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    Critics claim, typically without much evidence, that hydraulic fracturing is an environmental bogeyman fouling the air and water. But as the body of science grows, the case against fracking is falling apart. Consider air quality. According to new data from the U.S. Environmental Protection...

  • No need is evident for drug testing OKC school employees

    Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Regarding “Oklahoma City school district considering drug-testing policy for teachers, others” (News, Sept. 22): The district’s proposed new drug testing policy for school employees is pushing a harsh, harmful “solution” to a nonproblem. School employee contract language and strict, longstanding...

  • A-F grading system is a bureaucratic farce

    Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    If your water supply is coming from a contaminated lake, you don’t solve the problem by investing more in treatment plants to purify the water coming out. A more permanent solution identifies the source of pollutants flowing in and corrects that. The first step in correcting any problem is...

  • We can't make the whole world American

    Published: Mon, Oct 6, 2014

    Shepherds and sheep Democracy is something that has to be fought for and continuously defended. Americans have established and defended democracy because we’re a nation of shepherds who refuse to be sheep. Ordinary citizens are willing to become warriors without hesitation in order to defend...

  • Finger pointing the wrong way

    Published: Sun, Oct 5, 2014

    The tragedy that occurred in Moore was a shock to the conscience. The suspect, Alton Nolen, is said to have converted to Islam while in prison. He was sentenced to six years for trafficking and assault on a Highway Patrol officer. In the aftermath of this incident, there’s a lot of finger...