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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

  • Your Views

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Incidents all happened in gun-free zones

  • Use of firearm is last resort

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    I am retired Navy and a proud member of the National Rifle Association. Lowell Adams’ charges against the NRA (Your Views, July 22) are spurious and untrue. The NRA stresses responsibility and safety. The use of a firearm is a last resort to which we turn to protect...

  • Story is reminder of importance of every human being

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Thanks to Ken Raymond for his poignant story, “Goodbye to my redneck kin” (YourLife, July 20). What a beautifully and lovingly written reminder of the importance of every human being.

  • Good luck with that

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    I must disagree with Lowell Adams (Your Views, July 22). He stated that owning and driving a car is a right, but it’s actually a privilege. He said the right to own a handgun had been established by the Supreme Court. Our right to keep and bear arms was established by the framers of the...

  • Can you say hypocrit?

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Regarding “District gears up for Capitol Hill uniform auction” (News, July 19): What’s wrong with this picture? The Oklahoma City Public School district thinks it’s not OK for Capitol Hill High School to continue to use the Redskins as a mascot, but that it is OK to make money off it? Can you...

  • Lankford seems to have no real empathy except for his agenda

    Published: Sat, Jul 25, 2015

    Regarding “Lankford gives emotional speech about abortion video” (News, July 17): Sen. James Lankford was particularly annoyed at his committee’s discussion of animal rights earlier in the day. One of the issues discussed was the terrible pain, fear and suffering of horses during the slaughter...

  • Criminal justice just prevail

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

     For criminal justice Regarding “An opportunity to make a difference” (News, July 17): President Obama says, “These are young people who made mistakes that aren’t that different from the mistakes I made and a lot of you guys made.” And he says society — you and me — could have done...

  • Enough is enough; gun violence must stop

    Published: Wed, Jul 22, 2015

    Enough is enough The constitutionality of an individual right to own a handgun has clearly been established by the Supreme Court, but the critical problem of gun violence as a real threat to our society hasn’t been solved nor properly addressed. The shootings in Newtown, Charleston,...