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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

  • Showing up isn't enough

    Published: Mon, Aug 17, 2015

    The letter by Larry Phillips (Your Views, Aug. 10) did accomplish one thing. Now, anyone who cares knows the author has a college degree. But it didn’t tell us what those fine, non-problematic, attendance-conscious students were doing for the 13 years they were at school. Nothing...

  • Death penalty is crown jewel of retributive justice system

    Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

     Crown jewel Regarding “Pending execution drawing concern from out of state” (Our Views, Aug. 11): I’m an ordained minister of a Disciples of Christ congregation in Edmond and a practicing attorney. I also am a member of the board of the Oklahoma Coalition Against the Death Penalty. I...

  • Western Culture is our greatest weapon

    Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    I recall a 2011 episode of Rick Steve’s television program in which he traveled to Iran and interviewed its young people. The Iranian youth wanted peace and Western culture; it’s their old conservative religious leaders who don’t. Bring Iran back into World of Nations and their people will rise...

  • What's the real agenda over women's rights?

    Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    Videos of fetal tissue, or professionals talking about fetal tissue, stimulate strong emotions. Let’s consider some facts: 50 percent of abortions take place within the first eight weeks, 90 percent within the first 12 weeks. Late-term abortions are rare, usually performed due to severe defects...

  • We’re tired of politicians bloviating and obfuscating!

    Published: Sun, Aug 16, 2015

    Cal Thomas (Commentary, Aug. 11) states, “If the candidate does not like a question, deflect it and give an answer to a question that should have been asked.” This is exactly what the American people are sick and tired of, whatever political persuasion they may be. We want tough questions and we...

  • Donald Trump may be more arrogant than President Obama

    Published: Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    I’m Republican by registration and conservative by nature, but I cannot abide the thought of Donald Trump becoming president. It’s not his abilities or business acumen I question, it’s his attitude. Most people understand common courtesy (and use it). I would have thought anyone involved in big...

  • Solutions are sought to problems

    Published: Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    Without a doubt, Donald Trump has drawn attention to many of the problems we face as a nation. His comments about immigration, trade, the IRS and other issues have given him an early lead in the race for becoming a presidential candidate. It also has  caused the other candidates to focus...

  • Policemen are my heroes in responding to accident

    Published: Sat, Aug 15, 2015

    My husband, who is handicapped and in a wheelchair, and I were in Oklahoma City for business on Aug. 4 and were involved in a car accident. The policemen who responded to the accident were so nice. They made sure my husband was placed in the shade, stayed with us until the wrecker came, took us...