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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

  • Defense of public school education is lacking

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    What seemed painfully missing from Phil Horning’s “ESA bill not good for Oklahoma kids” (Point of View, March 11) was any substantial defense of the quality of education that public schools are providing to Oklahoma students. Isn't the real purpose of the ESA bill to allow families an...

  • Ancestors' birth certificates are important to us

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    Do you want to be able to access your ancestors’ birth certificates? If Senate Bill 110 is passed, you may not have the opportunity. The bill says birth certificates will only be accessed at the request of the subject of the record, or someone in his interest. It’s unclear whether descendants...

  • Community service would have been better punishment for fraternity

    Published: Wed, Mar 18, 2015

    I am a strong civil rights supporter, absolutely anti-racist retired lawyer. I feel the SAE fiasco is a tempest in a teapot. Nonstop coverage of the story takes away attention from the true issues of discrimination and police brutality, which I witnessed as an attorney. I am no fan of the SAE...

  • A bad deal for Oklahoma City

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Chicago developer Clayco is tapped to build OG&E’s new headquarters as well as luxury apartments and offices on the Stage Center site. Their plan for the city to gift them between $70 million and $100 million should be offensive to all Oklahoma City residents who pay property taxes, have...

  • Democrats need to offer explanation

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Another oil train derailed recently, this time in Ontario on Canadian National rails. The oil came from Alberta and was destined for eastern Canada. That made two rail accidents in North America involving the shipment of crude oil in just one week. The other occurred in Illinois on BNSF rails....

  • Credit the Founders for giving us the right to bear arms

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    John Turnbull (Your Views, March 9) should learn what historical documents mean before he tries to use them. The Bill of Rights has nothing to do with the Declaration of Independence. The main purpose of the Declaration of Independence was to explain to Great Britain and the world why the...

  • Legislature owes thse families an apology

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    I appreciate the service of our law enforcement officers as much as anyone, but are their lives any more important than yours, or mine or your neighbors? The Legislature thinks so! Consider the 14 Oklahoma civilians the Transportation Department says have been killed by drivers who were texting;...

  • One voice needed in dealing with foreign governments

    Published: Mon, Mar 16, 2015

    Regarding the letter sent by Republican U.S. senators to the Iranian government: The U.S. government must speak with a single voice in dealing with other nations. We must not allow partisan differences to overshadow our unity on a matter as important as nuclear proliferation. The idea of...