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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

  • Teachers 'walk the walk' at capitol rally

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Teachers tell their students that they mean the world to us, but on March 31 teachers showed them. Talk is cheap and even students recognize that. At the Capitol rally, we walked the walk. Some might say that we were supposed to teach children that day, but the rally was a teachable moment that...

  • Strange logic used on gay marriage debate

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    The Tulsa County Clerk is defending the denial of a marriage license to Mary Bishop and Sharon Baldwin because the couple can’t have children. They can raise children, as hundreds of thousands of gay and lesbian couples are doing throughout the U.S., but since they can't reproduce, they...

  • Emergency kit is like having insurance

    Published: Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Oklahomans experience about 55 tornados every spring, according to the National Weather Service. In the aftermath of a storm, items such as food, water and electricity are in highest demand and shortest supply. With the 2014 tornado season approaching, now’s the time to review emergency plans...

  • Encourage cooperation in divorce process

    Published: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    The Legislature is seeking ways to encourage people to stay married. One approach is to try to make the process of divorce more difficult. Suggestions under consideration include prolonging the required waiting period after the petition for divorce is filed and doing away with “no-fault”...

  • Right to farm bill in Oklahoma opposed

    Published: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Legislators should vote no on House Joint Resolution 1006, the so-called right to farm bill. I’m not opposed to farming or modern practices, but this bill is intentionally vague and misleading. CAFOs and Big Agriculture shouldn’t get unreasonable blanket protection and perpetual get out of...

  • Education budget already too large

    Published: Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    An overlarge budget Instead of teachers and administrators rallying at the state Capitol, taxpayers should be rallying at the schools across Oklahoma. The major problem with school funding is the waste of currently appropriated funds. We have too many independent school districts that should...

  • Common Core is to education what Obamacare is to health care

    Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Numerous pro and con opinions have been expressed about Common Core and whether Oklahoma should remain committed to its standards. Without getting into the weeds or trying to pick the dandruff out of the salt shaker I will offer my not so humble opinion. Common Core was originated about 10 years...

  • Obama family's flights of fance

    Published: Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Regarding “Military paying steep price for policy decisions” (Our Views, March 30): Retired U.S. Air Force officer Dick Newton, in reviewing the impact of budget cuts on our national defense, noted that more than a dozen USAF squadrons were grounded last year due to a lack of funds for fuel.